Category: Career Books

Some time back, I wrote about the yawning chasm that exists between Managers’ and Executives’ perceptions of themselves and the somewhat less forgiving reality that statistical analysis most inconsiderately insists upon inflicting on them. That post generated a lot of comments and emails and much laughter whenever I present the points I made in it […]

Don’t be fooled by the title – Terry Prone has written the book about the modern workplace. For everyone. Everything you need to live, thrive and survive [thank you Elwood] as you wend your way through the office minefield is here.On this subject, Terry is an engaging, unequivocal and unapologetic writer. No sugar coating or […]

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same Lord who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use. (Galileo Galilei) As I watch my digital native children swarming over their Nintendo DS and Wii machines, without any recourse to the instruction manuals, I feel so very […]

The Irish Examiner did a feature piece on Martin Kihn’s A$$HOLE: How I got Rich & Happy by Not Giving a S**t About You and asked me for my views. Extracts: NO MORE MR NICE GUY Martin Kihn was the office good guy, working hard but going nowhere fast – until he set out to […]

I have been enjoying Frank Luntz’s excellent book Words That Work. His subtitle for the book is: It’s not what you say, it’s what people hear. Which immediately begged the question in my mind – “What if they are not listening at all?” This is a particular problem in a presentation setting. With so many […]

A great lady called Breda Foley – my other mother – introduced me to P.G. Wodehouse when I was very young. I used to love visiting her house with its panelled library. It seemed huge to me then, but it was probably a fairly modest room. I remember you needed one of those special rolling […]

I love picking up new words to roll around on my tongue and play with. It must be something in my wiring. The ever-marvellous Seth Godin used the expression “marketing tinsel” in a post about business cliches the other day and it just made me grin and grin and grin. [By the way, I Googled […]

I’ve been a long-time admirer of Nicholas Bate’s work and recommend his book Get A Life to many clients. He has a wonderful, thought-provoking, actionable post on his blog this morning – enjoy.

On this, the 20th anniversary of the release of PowerPoint, I thought I would share a tool I have been using for many years now with you all. As a modern dad, writer, blogger and lecturer, I regularly treat my daughters to a full-blown multimedia bedtime story. Books? Pish-tosh! We’re a DIGITAL house! Unfortunately, Slideshare […]

Today is June 6th. I watched every episode of the BBC’s extraordinary The World At War series with my father back in the 1970s and it is a regret of mine that we never traveled together to Normandy. I have just read Stephen Ambrose’s D-Day and it left a strong impression on me. Ambrose draws […]