Review: Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator. Bury My Heart At Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers By Stan Slap Portfolio Penguin ($32.95) “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of theirContinue reading “Review: Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers”

Book review: Do More Great Work

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator on Oct. 25. Do More Great Work By Michael Bungay Stanier Workman Publishing Co ($14.95) When coworkers suddenly start leaving to unexpectedly pursue other opportunities, playing it safe can seem like the smart bet. So you stay well within your comfort zone. You make yourself busy andContinue reading “Book review: Do More Great Work”

Book review: Power — Why some people have it and others don’t

Power: Why Some People Have It And Others Don’t By Jeffrey Pfeffer HarperCollins ($32.99 Cdn) You’re a team player. You do your best to fit in. You go along to get along. You play by the rules. You’re a workhorse. You get the job done and done right. No fanfare. No drama. No blowing yourContinue reading “Book review: Power — Why some people have it and others don’t”

Book review: Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink

Note: This review was originally published in The Hamilton Spectator. Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink By Jonathan Byrnes Portfolio / Penguin ($35 Cdn) The next time all your managers get together for a meeting, here’s something worth adding to the agenda. Get each manager to list the five customers you shouldn’tContinue reading “Book review: Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink”

Book review: Getting change right

Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations From the Inside Out By Seth Kahan Jossey-Bass $33.95 There’s something you should know before sending out that all-staff missive announcing the latest and greatest change initiative. Most of us won’t read your memo. We’re too busy with our day-to-day responsibilities and 40 other initiatives. We’re too distractedContinue reading “Book review: Getting change right”

Book review: Convince them in 90 seconds

Convince Them in 90 Seconds: Make Instant Connections That Pay Off in Business and in Life By Nicholas Boothman Workman Publishing $15.95 It doesn’t happen often but it happened a few weeks ago. I sat in on a really good presentation. A mercifully brief and tightly focused talk that got straight to the point. TheContinue reading “Book review: Convince them in 90 seconds”