The secret to being a great leader? Start by being an ambassador of other people’s awesomeness (review of Unleashed)

This isn’t my first time being considered a non-essential employee. I’ve worked with some great leaders during my tours of duty at a provincial association, hospital, steelmaker, college and university. These all-star leaders didn’t want or honestly need much public relations help. It was the less-than-stellar leaders who kept us PR pros busy as anContinue reading “The secret to being a great leader? Start by being an ambassador of other people’s awesomeness (review of Unleashed)”

What’s love got to do with it? Pretty much everything when it comes to employee engagement (review).

I work for a dean who runs a research lab. She leads a team of high school, undergraduate and grad students who conduct studies that involve people in the community. The dean volunteers to be the first test subject for each and every student. They wire the dean up with electrodes and put her throughContinue reading “What’s love got to do with it? Pretty much everything when it comes to employee engagement (review).”

7 ways to be a more authentic leader (review of Executive Presence)

Looking for your organization’s next generation of great leaders? They’re already working for you on the frontlines. That homegrown talent has the potential to someday become your strongest leaders. That’s my hypothesis based on a quarter century of watching and working with senior executives at a hospital, steelmaker, college and university. The best of theContinue reading “7 ways to be a more authentic leader (review of Executive Presence)”

7 questions that’ll make you a better coach & leader (review of The Coaching Habit)

This review first ran in the May 18th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever By Michael Bungay Stanier Box of Crayons Press $16.95 I’m a good advisor but a pretty lousy coach. Confusing these roles is how I get myself into troubleContinue reading “7 questions that’ll make you a better coach & leader (review of The Coaching Habit)”

Don’t ignore your job’s expiration date (Review of Whitney Johnson’s Build an ‘A’ Team

This review first ran in the April 20th edition of the Hamilton Spectator. Build An “A” Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve By Whitney JohnsonWhitney Johnson Harvard Business Review Press $36.50 Every job has an expiration date. We ignore it at our peril. Yes, the living is easy once we’veContinue reading “Don’t ignore your job’s expiration date (Review of Whitney Johnson’s Build an ‘A’ Team”

How leaders can engage employees (review of Alive at Work)

This review first ran in the Nov. 10 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do By Daniel Cable Harvard Business Review Press $39 Here’s a lesson for any leader who’s looking to leave a legacy. Write down the names of your maternal and paternal grandparents. No checkingContinue reading “How leaders can engage employees (review of Alive at Work)”

The 3 types of leaders who make us quit (and the 2 who inspire us to stay)

This review first ran in the Aug. 4 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. A Great Place to Work For All By Michael Bush Berrett-Koehler Publishers $25.95 You may want to see what’s being said about your organization on Glassdoor. It’s a website that combines job postings with reviews from current and former employees. They rateContinue reading “The 3 types of leaders who make us quit (and the 2 who inspire us to stay)”

5 questions for leaders who want to lead a purpose revolution at work

A version of this review first ran in the June 23 edition of The Hamilton SpectatorThe Hamilton Spectator. The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good By John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc. $25.95 I have the privilege of working with some pretty remarkable professorsContinue reading “5 questions for leaders who want to lead a purpose revolution at work”

Review: Leadership Lessons From a UPS Driver by Ron Wallace

This review first ran in the Sept. 26 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Leadership Lessons From a UPS Driver: Delivering a Culture of We, Not Me By Ron Wallace Berrett-Koehler $34.95 UPS was having a rough start expanding into Germany. The company’s sales force was running out of leads. So everyone was brought together toContinue reading “Review: Leadership Lessons From a UPS Driver by Ron Wallace”