Pick one – a pay raise for you or a pink slip for your boss (review of The Mind of a Leader)

This review first ran in the Feb. 9 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Mind of the Leader By Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter Harvard Business Review Press $39 A pay raise for you or a pink slip for your boss. Which one would you choose? Apparently, a third of us would pass on theContinue reading “Pick one – a pay raise for you or a pink slip for your boss (review of The Mind of a Leader)”

How to drive big changes with better stories (Review of Alex Evans’ The Myth Gap)

This review first ran in the Jan. 26 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough?The Myth Gap: What Happens When Evidence and Arguments Aren’t Enough? By Alex Evans Eden Project Books $21.99 Who are we? What do we believe in and stand for? Where are weContinue reading “How to drive big changes with better stories (Review of Alex Evans’ The Myth Gap)”

How to fool people into giving you nearly a billion dollars (Bad Blood review)

This review first ran in the Jan. 5 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup By John Carreyrou Alfred A. Knopf $38.95 Let’s be thankful that investigative reporters aren’t among the people who can be fooled all or some of the time. Lots of smart and successfulContinue reading “How to fool people into giving you nearly a billion dollars (Bad Blood review)”

The one question marketers must answer first (Review of Seth Godin’s This is Marketing)

This review first ran in the Jan. 19 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. This is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See By Seth Godin Portfolio / Penguin $32 The question isn’t how much money you can make and how fast you can make it. It’s not how big you can buildContinue reading “The one question marketers must answer first (Review of Seth Godin’s This is Marketing)”

5 career and business-boosting New Year’s resolutions

This review first ran in the Dec. 21 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Here are five New Year’s resolutions courtesy of the best business books I reviewed this year for the Hamilton Spectator. 1. Give us something to talk about.  Word of mouth is the least expensive and most effective way to grow your business, sayContinue reading “5 career and business-boosting New Year’s resolutions”

Six ways to send better emails (review of Nick Morgan’s Can You Hear Me?)

This review first ran in the Dec.8 edition of the Hamilton Spectator. Can You Hear Me? How to Connect With People in a Virtual World By Nick Morgan Harvard Business Review Presss $39 I take pride in having never put an emoji into a work email. Nick Morgan says it’s time to swallow my prideContinue reading “Six ways to send better emails (review of Nick Morgan’s Can You Hear Me?)”

Be a learn-it-all: The 8 keys to staying relevant and reinventing yourself (review of Never Stop Learning)

This review first ran in the Nov. 24 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself and Thrive By Bradley Staats Harvard Business Review Press $39 I’m university bound after 13 years at college. One thing will stay the same and another will change in a big way when I join Canada’s mostContinue reading “Be a learn-it-all: The 8 keys to staying relevant and reinventing yourself (review of Never Stop Learning)”

How leaders can engage employees (review of Alive at Work)

This review first ran in the Nov. 10 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do By Daniel Cable Harvard Business Review Press $39 Here’s a lesson for any leader who’s looking to leave a legacy. Write down the names of your maternal and paternal grandparents. No checkingContinue reading “How leaders can engage employees (review of Alive at Work)”

The 4 keys to giving your customers something to talk about

This review first ran in the Oct. 27 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth By Jay Baer and Daniel Lemin $36 Portfolio / Penguin It’s the bonus chunk of kielbasa that comes with the mixed meat sandwich from Starpolskie’s Deli in East Hamilton. It’sContinue reading “The 4 keys to giving your customers something to talk about”

An introvert’s survival guide for mixing and mingling (review of Hiding in the Bathroom)

This review first ran in the Oct. 13 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home) By Morra Aarons-Mele HarperCollins $31.99 You’re about to walk into a room full of strangers for an hour of mixing and mingling. Will you have aContinue reading “An introvert’s survival guide for mixing and mingling (review of Hiding in the Bathroom)”