Don’t follow your passion and know when to call it quits (book review)

The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love and Meaning By Scott Galloway Penguin Random House $28 This review first ran in the July 20 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. A special public service announcement for all freshly minted grads who were told during their convocation ceremonies to pursue their passion andContinue reading “Don’t follow your passion and know when to call it quits (book review)”

Get on the bus when a mandate driven leader’s behind the wheel (review)

Who do you want driving your organization? A leader who won’t start boarding the bus until everyone’s had their say on where to go and reached consensus on what route to take? Or a leader who’s already behind the wheel, revving the engine, telling everyone to buckle up and vowing to toss anyone who triesContinue reading “Get on the bus when a mandate driven leader’s behind the wheel (review)”

What’s the worst that can happen? Imagine it & have a Plan B, C, D & E (review)

What To Do When Things Go Wrong By Frank Supovitz McGraw Hill $34.78 This review first ran in the June 22 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. There are 80,000 souls in the stands. More than a billion people are watching worldwide. You’re doing a media interview. And suddenly the lights go out. This was the crisisContinue reading “What’s the worst that can happen? Imagine it & have a Plan B, C, D & E (review)”

How to speak with more confidence and less fear (review)

This review first ran in the June 15th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice and Inspire Your Audience By Amanda Hennessey Adams Media $21.99 You have five minutes to prepare an impromptu talk on a topic you’ve just been assigned. You’ll then give your talk without notes,Continue reading “How to speak with more confidence and less fear (review)”

The Great Dying – the business case for addressing climate change now (review of The Uninhabitable Earth)

This review first ran in the June 1 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming By David Wallace-Wells Tim Duggan Books $36 If we’re slapping carbon tax stickers on gas pumps, let’s also put posters up in daycare centres and kindergarten classrooms. We can use the posters to start apologizing inContinue reading “The Great Dying – the business case for addressing climate change now (review of The Uninhabitable Earth)”

7 questions that’ll make you a better coach & leader (review of The Coaching Habit)

This review first ran in the May 18th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever By Michael Bungay Stanier Box of Crayons Press $16.95 I’m a good advisor but a pretty lousy coach. Confusing these roles is how I get myself into troubleContinue reading “7 questions that’ll make you a better coach & leader (review of The Coaching Habit)”

Don’t ignore your job’s expiration date (Review of Whitney Johnson’s Build an ‘A’ Team

This review first ran in the April 20th edition of the Hamilton Spectator. Build An “A” Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve By Whitney JohnsonWhitney Johnson Harvard Business Review Press $36.50 Every job has an expiration date. We ignore it at our peril. Yes, the living is easy once we’veContinue reading “Don’t ignore your job’s expiration date (Review of Whitney Johnson’s Build an ‘A’ Team”

Your meeting needs a bouncer and an unchill host (review of Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering)

This review first ran in the March 23 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters By Priya Parker Riverhead Books $37 We’re gathered here today for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. We’re in the dark because our host organized the event on autopilot, leaning hard onContinue reading “Your meeting needs a bouncer and an unchill host (review of Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering)”

Raising leadership standards = more women leaders (and fewer incompetent men) – REVIEW

This review ran in the March 9 edition of the Hamilton Spectator. Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Harvard Business Review Press $32.50 Your leadership search is down to two candidates. One candidate is fully competent, with 20-plus years of directly relevant experience. The other candidate’s full of confidence and rockedContinue reading “Raising leadership standards = more women leaders (and fewer incompetent men) – REVIEW”

Build your personal brand around 4 key elements that tell your story (review of Cynthia Johnson’s Platform)

This review first ran in the Feb. 23 edition of The Hamilton Spectator Platform: The Art and Science of Personal Branding By Cynthia Johnson Lorna Jones Books $29.99 You have a solution to our problem and an answer to our prayers. You’ve gone where we’re going and already done what we dream of doing. We’reContinue reading “Build your personal brand around 4 key elements that tell your story (review of Cynthia Johnson’s Platform)”