Identify what business you are really in. It may not be what you think

Do you know what business you are really in? It's a great question posed in the opening chapter of Terry O'Reilly's new book This I Know - Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence. Ohh, you thought you knew, but I like the way Terry prods us to prod ourselves and define what we truly offer our … [Read more...]

Deep Work touts value of concentration in a tweet-happy world

Here's a telling challenge - can I sit and write a blog post about Cal Newport's book Deep Work, Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World without letting myself get distracted? Here's one of his premises - we have become so habituated to quick bursts of stimulation that as soon as things … [Read more...]

Campaign trail truths; Noah Richler’s tell-all tale revealing and fun

A testament to good intention. That's how I see Noah Richler's tale The Candidate; Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. The book chronicles Richler's recruitment then run for a Toronto-area NDP seat in the 2015 federal election. He didn't get elected, but he did get astonishing insights on … [Read more...]

Turn pages of rare Chaucer at UBC; valuable acquisition lends lustre to collection

It wasn’t what I expected. Not at all. When I set off last week to see a rare book I’d heard UBC had acquired I imagined I’d be peering at it under glass – possible from a great distance. Not so. I touched it. I examined the leather cover up close. I turned the pages and felt the texture of the … [Read more...]

We must communicate better about climate change; Hoggan says here’s how

People do a double take when they see the book I’m reading. It’s called I’m Right and You’re an Idiot.  Vancouver PR pro Jim Hoggan decided to investigate a question David Suzuki once asked him – why aren’t people demanding action on environmental issues like climate change, despite … [Read more...]