Racism reeducation book #7 – Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You 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. Each of us has a choice to make. We can choose to beContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #7 – Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You”

Racism reeducation book #6 – Alicia Elliott’s A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground 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. Alicia Elliott says indigenous kids have good reason to fear governmentalContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #6 – Alicia Elliott’s A Mind Spread Out on the Ground”

Racism reeducation book #5 – Crystal Fleming’s How to Be Less Stupid About Race

How to Be Less Stupid About Race 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. What exactly should we do now? What can you and IContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #5 – Crystal Fleming’s How to Be Less Stupid About Race”

How to prevent diversity training from becoming a support group for white people (review of White Fragility)

I owe the facilitators an apology. I was taking my first mandatory diversity workshop at work. I was more than 20 years into my career. This was not my finest moment. I sat with my arms crossed, back up and mouth shut. I was suffering from an acute case of sudden onset white fragility. IContinue reading “How to prevent diversity training from becoming a support group for white people (review of White Fragility)”

Racism reeducation book #4 – Eternity Martis’ They Said This Would be Fun

They Said This Would be Fun is one of eight 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. Three racists walk into a bar. They’ve used Halloween as an excuse to wearContinue reading “Racism reeducation book #4 – Eternity Martis’ They Said This Would be Fun”

Racism reeducation book #3: Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race is one of eight books I’ll be reading and reviewing 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 did what Ijeoma Oluo says we shouldn’t do.Continue reading “Racism reeducation book #3: Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want to Talk About Race”

Losing your job in a global pandemic is a lifequake. Here’s how to recover (review of Life is in the Transitions)

Here’s hoping you don’t personally know anyone who’s lost their life to COVID-19. But you likely know more than a few people who’ve lost their livelihoods during the pandemic. Maybe you’re among the millions of Canadians who’ve been laid off, let go or had to shutter their business over the last five months. “It’s aContinue reading “Losing your job in a global pandemic is a lifequake. Here’s how to recover (review of Life is in the Transitions)”

Master the mute button and other survival strategies for meeting virtually & working remotely (review)

It took nearly 30 years but I finally got to work remotely from an island. It wasn’t quite how I imagined it. The island wasn’t Aruba or in the heart of cottage country. Our kitchen island became my makeshift office when the pandemic hit and we were all sent home to work. The novelty ofContinue reading “Master the mute button and other survival strategies for meeting virtually & working remotely (review)”

Build your brand with a helping hand during the pandemic (review)

The COVID fog rolled in thick and fast at the grocery store and an act of kindness got me home. I was at my car with a week’s worth of groceries but no keys. I rifled through every bag and made sure the keys weren’t locked in my car. I went back inside the groceryContinue reading “Build your brand with a helping hand during the pandemic (review)”

How to be an ally for your Black colleagues (review)

I used to think I was one of the good guys. I’ve never said anything racist about a coworker. Never accused anyone of playing the race card or dismissed someone for being a token minority hire. But I’ve stayed silent and never asked how or why. How was it possible that I never had aContinue reading “How to be an ally for your Black colleagues (review)”