Ditch the presentation & have a conversation (review of Eric Bergman’s One Bucket at a Time)

There’s only one good reason to bring us together for a meeting on Zoom or in a room. Walking us through PowerPoint decks isn’t it. “The only reason for bringing people together, whether in person or remotely, is to listen to someone share something of value,” says Eric Bergman, presentation skills coach and author ofContinue reading “Ditch the presentation & have a conversation (review of Eric Bergman’s One Bucket at a Time)”

Your male colleague says something sexist? It’s your two-second litmus test moment (review of Good Guys)

I failed the test but I’ll be ready for the next one. I was in a meeting with a manager who kept mentioning “his girls”. He wasn’t talking about his preteen daughters. He was referring to his colleagues around the boardroom table.   I shot the women a sympathetic look but didn’t call out the manager.Continue reading “Your male colleague says something sexist? It’s your two-second litmus test moment (review of Good Guys)”

Millennials were burning out long before COVID hit (review of Anne Helen Petersen’s Can’t Even)

Good on bosses who end Zoom calls by reminding us not to sacrifice our health and wellbeing during the pandemic. But our millennial colleagues could use more than reminders. They’ve been wrestling with burnout long before COVID-19 knocked the world off its axis. And while our leaders’ intentions are good, what ails millennials can’t beContinue reading “Millennials were burning out long before COVID hit (review of Anne Helen Petersen’s Can’t Even)”

The epic rise & spectacular fall of WeWork & Adam Neumann (review)

Today’s overworked, underpaid and unappreciated employee is tomorrow’s confidential source for a reporter. And disgruntled workers will happily talk as it all goes wrong for leaders lacking in hubris. In writing about the rise and fall of shared office renter WeWork, journalist Reeves Wiedeman did more than 200 interviews over 18 months with employees atContinue reading “The epic rise & spectacular fall of WeWork & Adam Neumann (review)”

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”