Book review: Pinched: How The Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator. Pinched: How The Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures And What We Can Do About It By Don Peck Crown Publishing ($25) Rejection letters were my postcards from the lost summer of ’92. I’d graduated from the Harvard of the North into the teeth of a recession.Continue reading “Book review: Pinched: How The Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures”

Book review: The Great Workplace

This review originally ran in the Aug. 1 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Great Workplace: How to Build it, How to Keep it and Why it Matters By Michael Burchell and Jennifer Robin Jossey-Bass $33.95 Maybe you’re tone deaf when it comes to singing your employees’ praises. Maybe you believe the troops should beContinue reading “Book review: The Great Workplace”

Review: Being Strategic

This review first ran in the July 18 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Being Strategic: Plan for success, outthink your competitors, stay ahead of the change By Erika Andersen St. Martin's Griffin $18.50 Here’s a quick and easy test to see if you’re a strategic thinker. A new initiative is ramping up at work. You’veContinue reading “Review: Being Strategic”

Book review: Science Fair Season

This review ran in the June 20th edition of the Hamilton Spectator. For Hamilton, one way to get kids out of poverty is to get them into the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair. Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch And What It Takes to Win By Judy Dutton Hyperion $26.99 SomewhereContinue reading “Book review: Science Fair Season”

Book review: Innovative Intelligence

This review originally ran in the March 28 issue of The Hamliton Spectator. Innovative Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Leading Sustainable Innovation In Your Organization By David Weiss and Claude Legrand John Wiley & Sons $39.95 Innovation is important to the future success of your organization. Agree or disagree. Your organization is effective atContinue reading “Book review: Innovative Intelligence”

Book review: Resonate — Present visual stories that transform audiences

This review originally ran in the Jan. 31 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences By Nancy Duarte Mark your calendars. Say No to PowerPoint Week starts Feb. 7. It’s an annual nationwide event aimed at getting business types to deliver PowerPoint-free presentations. Now, you may be asking why justContinue reading “Book review: Resonate — Present visual stories that transform audiences”

Book review: All marketers tell stories by Seth Godin

This review was first published in the Dec. 3 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. All Marketers Tell Stories By Seth Godin Portfolio ($30) The launch of Hamilton’s Innovation Factory tops my shortlist of local good news stories from 2010. The Innovation Factory will do more than help entrepreneurs bring new ideas to the marketplace. ItContinue reading “Book review: All marketers tell stories by Seth Godin”

Book review: Do More Great Work

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator on Oct. 25. Do More Great Work By Michael Bungay Stanier Workman Publishing Co ($14.95) When coworkers suddenly start leaving to unexpectedly pursue other opportunities, playing it safe can seem like the smart bet. So you stay well within your comfort zone. You make yourself busy andContinue reading “Book review: Do More Great Work”