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...]

“Better future for news” says former Globe editor Stackhouse

"There's still time, and plenty of reader interest and journalistic resolve, to forge a better future for news." This sanguine view belongs to former Globe & Mail editor John Stackhouse, in Vancouver recently to promote his latest book, Mass Disruption, Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a … [Read more...]

Stephen King writes about writing – author of 60 books generous with tips

I just read a book by Stephen King. There were no plagues, apocalyptic visions or co-eds in possession of terrifying powers. Not even any blood. I read On Writing by Stephen King - A Memoir of the Craft. It's terrific read. The book came out in 2000, a year after a near fatal road accident … [Read more...]