Why we so often misinterpret the outside world

By Cindy Wagman (December 5, 2019) Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything: A Theory of Human Misunderstanding by Bobby Duffy, Basic Books, November 26, 2019, 304 pp., $29.21 Guess what? We know nothing! Well, not quite nothing, but when it comes to our understanding of numerical information, we are so far off from reality that it might as well be make-believe. And…

Persuasion: Let’s look at it my way

Persuasion, communication and making the world a better place. Cindy Wagman reviews Stop Being Reasonable: How We Really Change Our Minds by Eleanor Gordon-Smith and Follow the Feeling: Brand Building in a Noisy World by Kai D. Wright. Christopher Barry ties it all together with a review of Communication: How to Connect with Anyone by Gill Hasson. Where lies the power of persuasion? By Cindy Wagman (November 28, 2019)…

With consciousness raised on sexual harassment, what’s next?

There still remains substantial debate over “what behaviour crosses the line” By Katherine Verhagen Rodis (November 22, 2019) Had It Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo? by Robyn Doolittle, Allen Lane, September 24, 2019, 304 pp, $19.17 In the wake of the #MeToo movement that caught fire in social media in 2017, Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle ended her 20-month investigation into how Canadian…

How would you like to tweak your leadership style?

Helping Busy Leaders Lead By Roger D. Ali, MBA, CFRE (November 18, 2019) The Busy Leader’s Handbook: How to lead people and places that thrive by Quint Studer, Wiley, October 1, 2019, 288 pp., $33.65 The Busy Leader’s Handbook offers a quick and easy reference of “how to” strategies to put into action right away for a new or seasoned leader. Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Quint Studer, draws…

Feminists fighting stereotypes that women are somehow hardwired to backstab

By Maryann Kerr (November 12, 2019) Sabotage to Support: A new Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace by Joy L Wiggins & Kami J. Anderson, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, May 14, 2019, 208 pp., $22.12 Have you ever heard people talking about you when you were out of earshot or somewhere unseen? Maybe in a washroom stall?  And you realize the people who’ve just come into the…

Taking the mystery out of ‘the ask’

By Joanne Linka (November 7, 2019) Empowerment Dialogue: A New Approach to Fundraising by Ken Ramsay, Civil Sector Press, 2016, 106 pp., $31.95 Have you ever slogged through a book — especially one for work — and reached page 239 and thought: “this book could have been written in 50 pages and spared me the time and boredom of the extra 189 pages?!?”…

A tale of how the oil and gas industry took its seat at the head table of democracy

By Gail Picco (November 5, 2019) Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow, Crown, October 1, 2019, 432 pp., $29.70 It’s tough to write a review of Rachel Maddow’s new book Blowout without borrowing her process of explaining the foundational elements of the story before actually getting to the meat of it; of burying your…

Building social connectedness in a social media world

By Sharon Broughton (October 31, 2019) Hivemind: The New Science of Tribalism in our Divided World, by Sarah Rose Cavanagh, PhD., Grand Central Publishing, September 3, 2019, 304 pp., $27.71 Have you witnessed the “invisible leash,” the channel of communication between a dog and his owner, manifested by mutual understanding and a deep and binding connection?  In disaster, have you seen the best…

Mountains and the Meaning of Reading

by Juniper Locilento (October 29, 2019) The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks, Random House (April 16, 2019), 384 pp., $26.06 The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall, Simon & Schuster (August 13, 2019), 352 pp., $21.83 Reading is one of my greatest pleasures. I’ve chosen the world of books over the actual world for as long as I can remember and nothing…

Need to manage your manager?

Have you experienced poor management at some point in your career? By Mo Waja (October 25, 2019) Bedtime Stories for Managers by Henry Mintzberg, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, February 5, 2019, 200 pp. $21.78 Bedtime Stories for Managers is enjoyable collection of insights and anecdotes from Henry Mintzberg, a clear thought leader from the get-go. With a refreshingly conversational tone, Mintzberg tackles the idea of management with a metaphorical…