Don’t answer the wrong question when you’re procrastinating (review of Who Not How)

I’ve been procrastinating since the start of the pandemic. It turns out that’s been a smart move. On the desk in my home office basement bunker is a notebook. Inside that notebook is nearly 30 years’ worth of hits, misses and lessons learned on leadership communications. I’ve cribbed notes from the hundreds of leadership booksContinue reading “Don’t answer the wrong question when you’re procrastinating (review of Who Not How)”

Quit your day job smartly & safely (review of How I Built This by Guy Raz)

Dreaming of being your own boss? Don’t quit your day job. At least not yet. Keep putting in your 40-hour work week and spend your free time being entrepreneurial. That steady paycheque will buy you a longer runway for getting your business off the ground. “Most of the successful entrepreneurs I’ve met left the comfortContinue reading “Quit your day job smartly & safely (review of How I Built This by Guy Raz)”

Talk less and interact more with your online talks & events (review of Standout Virtual Events)

I was quick to register for a pair of free online conferences that featured four nights of very impressive people talking about very important issues. But I never logged on. Instead, I binge-watched Homeland with my wife and channeled my inner 80-year-old by working on a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. I’m Zoomed out. My attention spanContinue reading “Talk less and interact more with your online talks & events (review of Standout Virtual Events)”

How to recruit & retain Gen Z as your Baby Boomer workers call it a career (review of Zconomy by Jason Dorsey & Denise Villa)

Want to win the next war for talent? Fund scholarships, offer paid internships and help pay down the student loans of the freshly minted grads who’ll be replacing your retiring Baby Boomers. Those moves will warm the hearts and win the loyalty of Generation Z. Born between 1996 and 2012, they’re financially prudent, debt averseContinue reading “How to recruit & retain Gen Z as your Baby Boomer workers call it a career (review of Zconomy by Jason Dorsey & Denise Villa)”

Job one for leaders – find and keep stunning colleagues & part ways with everyone else (review of Reed Hastings No Rules Rules)

Because it’s been a terrible, horrible, no good and very bad year, imagine if your entire team announces they’re jumping ship. Who do you persuade to stay? And who do you help pack up and send on their way? At Netflix, managers call this the keeper test. You’re a keeper if you’re exceptionally creative, doContinue reading “Job one for leaders – find and keep stunning colleagues & part ways with everyone else (review of Reed Hastings No Rules Rules)”

Want your organization to thrive? Bureaucracy needs to die (review of Humanocracy)

Days can drag during the pandemic but the future’s arriving way ahead of schedule. COVID-19 is accelerating changes in how we work, learn, shop and play. Trends that would’ve played out over years are happening within months. While working from home is a hot topic, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini make a convincing argument forContinue reading “Want your organization to thrive? Bureaucracy needs to die (review of Humanocracy)”

How to prevent diversity training from becoming a support group for white people (review of White Fragility)

I owe the facilitators an apology. I was taking my first mandatory diversity workshop at work. I was more than 20 years into my career. This was not my finest moment. I sat with my arms crossed, back up and mouth shut. I was suffering from an acute case of sudden onset white fragility. IContinue reading “How to prevent diversity training from becoming a support group for white people (review of White Fragility)”

Losing your job in a global pandemic is a lifequake. Here’s how to recover (review of Life is in the Transitions)

Here’s hoping you don’t personally know anyone who’s lost their life to COVID-19. But you likely know more than a few people who’ve lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. Maybe you’re among the millions of Canadians who’ve been laid off, let go or had to shutter their business over the last five months. “It’s aContinue reading “Losing your job in a global pandemic is a lifequake. Here’s how to recover (review of Life is in the Transitions)”

Master the mute button and other survival strategies for meeting virtually & working remotely (review)

It took nearly 30 years but I finally got to work remotely from an island. It wasn’t quite how I imagined it. The island wasn’t Aruba or in the heart of cottage country. Our kitchen island became my makeshift office when the pandemic hit and we were all sent home to work. The novelty ofContinue reading “Master the mute button and other survival strategies for meeting virtually & working remotely (review)”

Build your brand with a helping hand during the pandemic (review)

The COVID fog rolled in thick and fast at the grocery store and an act of kindness got me home. I was at my car with a week’s worth of groceries but no keys. I rifled through every bag and made sure the keys weren’t locked in my car. I went back inside the groceryContinue reading “Build your brand with a helping hand during the pandemic (review)”