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This review first ran in the May 8th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. You Can't Fire Everyone By Hank Gilman Portfolio ($32.50) Congratulations on your promotion and welcome to middle management. For your orientation, here’s a quick introduction to your new team. Kent has a great sense of humour that will be entirely at yourContinue reading “Review:”

Book review: The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District

The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District By Richard Whitmire Jossey-Bass $29.95 My kids spend a lot of time in the principal’s office. They’re not in trouble. My daughter drops in during recess and lunch to knit. My son swings by to play Monopoly. Every student at this west-end elementaryContinue reading “Book review: The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District”

Book review: The Improvisation Edge

This review originally ran in The Hamilton Spectator. The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work By Karen Hough Repeat after me. Wow! That’s a great idea. Yes! Let’s try again. Only this time, with a straight face. Wow! That’s a great idea. Yes! Sometime during the next month, we’re goingContinue reading “Book review: The Improvisation Edge”

Book review: Innovative Intelligence

This review originally ran in the March 28 issue of The Hamliton Spectator. Innovative Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Leading Sustainable Innovation In Your Organization By David Weiss and Claude Legrand John Wiley & Sons $39.95 Innovation is important to the future success of your organization. Agree or disagree. Your organization is effective atContinue reading “Book review: Innovative Intelligence”

Book review: When the Headline is You

This review was orginally published in the March 14 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. When the Headline is You: An Insider’s Guide to Handling the Media By Jeff Ansell I happen to really like reporters. I like their slightly warped sense of humour, the bemused way they look at our mixed up world and theirContinue reading “Book review: When the Headline is You”

Book review: Workarounds That Work

This review originally ran in the Feb. 28 edition of the Hamilton Spectator. Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work By Russell Bishop McGraw Hill You and I belong to one of two clubs at work. We’re either part of the 99 per cent crowd or charter membersContinue reading “Book review: Workarounds That Work”

Letter to the editor: Integration beats segregation at schools

This letter originally ran in the Hamilton Spectator. Re: Poverty and segregation(Editorial, Jan. 31) While poor kids in Niagara get a school to call their own, the people of Raleigh, N.C., opted for integration over segregation. They recognized that kids can’t learn and teachers can’t teach in schools that are overrun by poverty. So theyContinue reading “Letter to the editor: Integration beats segregation at schools”

Book review: Brainsteering — a better approach to breakthrough ideas

This review originally ran in the Hamilton Spectator. Brainsteering: A Better Approach To Breakthrough Ideas By Kevin and Shawn Coynes HarperCollins At some point this year, you’ll find yourself trapped in a conference room with your comrades in arms. With relentless enthusiasm, a “creativity moderator” with little or no knowledge of your organization will facilitateContinue reading “Book review: Brainsteering — a better approach to breakthrough ideas”

Book review: Resonate — Present visual stories that transform audiences

This review originally ran in the Jan. 31 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences By Nancy Duarte Mark your calendars. Say No to PowerPoint Week starts Feb. 7. It’s an annual nationwide event aimed at getting business types to deliver PowerPoint-free presentations. Now, you may be asking why justContinue reading “Book review: Resonate — Present visual stories that transform audiences”

Book review: All marketers tell stories by Seth Godin

This review was first published in the Dec. 3 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. All Marketers Tell Stories By Seth Godin Portfolio ($30) The launch of Hamilton’s Innovation Factory tops my shortlist of local good news stories from 2010. The Innovation Factory will do more than help entrepreneurs bring new ideas to the marketplace. ItContinue reading “Book review: All marketers tell stories by Seth Godin”