On the Block for 2020: The Truth

By Gail Picco (January 14, 2020) The Reality Game: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth, Samuel Woolley, Public Affairs, January 7, 2020, 272 pp., $35.00 A friend told me the other day that if I wanted to see something good happen in 2020, I should plant a flower.   Saying Happy New Year this year feels a little less in…

Your CSP Book Blog holiday book list

The wild ride from from beauty blogger to activist By Nicole Salmon (December 20, 2019) Well, that Escalated Quickly Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist, Franchesca Ramsey, Grand Central Publishing, May 22, 2018, 256pp., $18.19 How does one go from being a beauty blogger to a YouTuber—when being a YouTuber wasn’t really the thing we know today—to being a social justice advocate?   Apparently, quite accidentally, according…

LGBTQ2: Beyond Initialism

Rage, Rebellion and Resistance 50 Years After Stonewall By Krishan Mehta, PhD (December 18, 2019) Stonewall: The Definitive Story of the LGBTQ Rights Uprising That Changed America by Martin Duberman, Blume, June 4, 2019 (2nd edition), 432 pp., $23.76 History has shown us the transformative power of organizing and activism. The salt march of 1930 led to India’s independence, the march on Washington in 1963…

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…