The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do

Mark Sanborn
$18.95 CDN

book-encore-effect If you have two hours to sit on your deck on a sunny day and want to be inspired, then this book is for you. Sandborn uses the analogy that all life is a stage and each of us is a performer. As a result, each of us should be working toward an “encore” where our clients and/or boss is delighted with exceptional performance in everything we do. Sandborn provides readers with a simple formula and plenty of stories of how people have succeeded to achieve great heights in their life or career.

North country, The Making of Minnesota

Mary Lethert Wingerd
University of Minnesota

book-north-country This book, all 365 pages is an excellent read and provides an unbiased, historical overview of how the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes were swindled out of their land by unscrupulous Indian agents and white politicians. The author also helps the reader to clearly see the cultural clashes that arose during the early 1800’s and she gives us a bird’s eye view of behind the scenes treaty making strategies. Finally, the author helps the reader to recognize how disadvantaged First Nations people were with respect to the white man’s politics. The book is well written and accompanied by many historical photographs. This is the absolutely best book I have read on the topic of historical treaty making and white settlement.

The E –Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

Michael E. Gerber
Harper  Collins Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 0-88730-728-0

book-e-myth This is an updated version of an earlier best seller on the trials and tribulations of starting and growing your own business. Famous for the concept of working “on the business” instead of “in the business”, Gerber uses dialogue with a client and her business to help readers understand the concepts he is teaching. While in most cases this is a good approach, I found that the lessons were sometimes long in coming. I would rather they have been more brief and to the point. However, the book does have value for entrepreneurs and will certainly make you sit up and pay attention to where you are going.

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
Harper  Collins Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-06-173363-5

book-game-change Ride along with these journalist authors and enjoy the ringside seats on the last presidential election. The book is definitely an eye-opener not only for those not fully aware of the complexity of the U.S. electoral process, but also for those who will be shocked at the extent of underhanded game playing that seems the norm in these elections. Another surprise and perhaps a disappointment was to learn the amount of foul language and eruptions of personal tirades and abuse against political volunteers and staff that apparently occurred. Hillary Clinton is not that sweet lady we once thought she was.  While the book helps us to see how tense and taxing a presidential election is, the authors certainly reaffirm the unflattering opinion that people have of politicians. An excellent, readable book but keep your dictionary handy, the authors tend to throw out 26 syllable words like they were candy.

Three Feet From Gold

Sharon L. Lechter, Greg S. Reid
Sterling Publishing with The Napoleon Hill Foundation
ISBN: 978-1-4027-6764-7

book-three-feet Author Greg Reid weaves the personal story of a young man’s struggle for self esteem and success as an author. As part of this journey, he seeks the help of the Napoleon Hill Foundation and their philosophies. As a result, he documents numerous interviews with successful entrepreneurs gathering wisdom and advice as he goes. The book is an easy read and makes on feel you are sitting at the knee of a great elder and philosopher. The book consists of simple themes, simple truths and simple messages for every reader.  This is a book that should be read again and again. 

True Patriot Love – Four Generations in Search of Canada

Michael Ignatieff
Penguin Books

book-house-cards I’m not certain why Ignatieff wrote this book but it is a cleverly disguised means to help create his own political identity. At the same time, he tells a very interesting story and as a result, he raises some very interesting questions …..just what kind of Canada do we want? He also helps the reader to see how unique Canada truly is. Ignatieff gives his own opinion on what politicians should be doing to maintain and build a strong Canada. I am sure we will see some of these thoughts  in the next election.



Inspire your career: Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work

Patricia Barbato
Insomniac Press
book-house-cards Written in a down to earth manner, almost as the author is speaking directly to the reader, Inspire your career is full of wise counsel from a young lady who progressed quickly in her career. Using personal experience and reflection exercises, the author takes readers on a journey that touches on the many areas new workers confront early. For instance, she provides advice and tips on understanding the bigger picture, the importance of avoiding assumptions, and the importance of recognizing and dealing with personal frustrations. Finally, the author deals with various transition issues that individuals will face in their career. This is an enjoyable and helpful book especially for new job entrants so don’t let the dense internal layout detract from the value if offers.

JACKED UP…the Inside Story of How Jack Welch talked GE into Becoming the World’s Greatest Company

Bill Lane
McGraw Hill
book-jacked-up While Bill Lane was Jack Welch’s speechwriter for 20 years, I frankly don’t know how he lasted that long nor do I understand why he even wrote the book. Using communication style as a framework for his story, Lane simply presents a rambling recollection of a thoroughly abusive and intolerant persona. Is this what Lane suggests we need to emulate?  GE may have been very successful under Welch’s leadership style, but breeding a culture of absolute fear just won’t cut it in today’s world. If there were any nuggets of advice on communication or lessons on world class business presentations in this book, they certainly were lost on me. Don’t waste your money on this book!

Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty

Ram Charan
McGraw Hill, 2009
Ram Charan’s hard punching guide to survival focuses on one word and that is “cash, cash and cash”.  He rightly points out that this global economic crisis is the biggest management challenge in decades and that most people don’t know how to deal with it. Each chapter suggests practical guidance and includes such tips as pursuing every source of cash possible, being prepared to make the tough decisions and to aggressively practice the new mantra of “head in-hands on”.  The book is well written, examples are very current and the advice very practical. Charan’s book is not just for the CEO but is a must read for managers at all levels of the organization.

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