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)”

27 years in public relations turned into a 30-minute early morning walk & talk

If you’ve reached the end of Netflix, you can watch me talk about public relations while wandering through the woods for 30 minutes. Prof Wayne Aubert asked if I’d offer up some wisdom for Advertising students in an upcoming class. So I turned 27 years of working in PR into a half-hour stream of consciousness (with justContinue reading “27 years in public relations turned into a 30-minute early morning walk & talk”

Racism reeducation book #9 – Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents is one in a stack of books I’m reading as part of my overdue reeducation on racism. I’ve reviewed more than 500 business books for The Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations for 27 years. Here are four questions to wrestle with from Isabel Wilkerson’s brilliant andContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #9 – Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

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)”

Racism reeducation book #8 – Dolly Chugh’s The Person You Mean to Be

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias is one in a stack of books I’m reading as part of my overdue reeducation on racism. I’ve reviewed more than 500 business books for The Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations for 27 years. I made the mistake of going intoContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #8 – Dolly Chugh’s The Person You Mean to Be”

How to find time to reflect during a pandemic (review of Step Back by Joseph Badaracco)

Anyone else finding it impossible to pause and ponder during the pandemic? It’s tough to step back and reflect when you’re chronically anxious and exhausted. If you’ve been laid off or let go, you’re scrambling to find work. If you’re still working, you’re bracing for a second surge and more job cuts. You’re worried aboutContinue reading “How to find time to reflect during a pandemic (review of Step Back by Joseph Badaracco)”