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How can I resist thee?

Beyond the Wall of Resistance: Why 70% of all changes STILL fail ­ and what you can do about it (Revised Edition) by Rick Maurer Bard Press Austin Texas 2010. Years ago my director at the time told me point blank that change was always good. What universe did he inhabit? From that point on I

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What’s really happening next?

Usually I get out to hear a healthy handful of the writers reading at the bi-annual Ottawa International Writers Festival. This year I had no such luck which is a pity since the lineup as usual was enticing. However, I did manage to catch three provocative sessions on the weekend. The first author I saw

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I am not a machine so why does this organization treat me like one?

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwarz with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy, PhD. Simon & Schuster New York 2010. The great majority of the points or tips in this book will be very familiar to you. However, you will not have heard them phrased so

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One man’s war on war

Peace Guerilla: unarmed and in harm’s way, my obsession with ending violence by Ben Hoffman. Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation; Ottawa, Ontario, 2009. (206 pages). Reviewed by Donald R. Officer. The surprising thing is that the idea of a “peace guerilla” seems so surprising. We accept the heroism and risk taking of warriors, raise

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Rate your wellbeing – much depends on it

Wellbeing:  the five essential elements by Tom Rath & Jim Harter. Gallup Press, New York, 2010. Reviewed by William Sheridan. Let me start by saying that my own wellbeing is VERY high. How do I know this? Many years ago I read both “The Guide to Rational Living in an Irrational World” by Ellis and

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Soon to be a Small World After All

Published on August 31, 2010 by in InSite Review

Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalisation by Jeff Rubin. Virgin Books; Croydon, UK, 2010. (286 pages). Reviewed by Donald R. Officer. I’ve tried to find a flaw in Jeff Rubin’s argument not because I don’t like him or want to compete with him, but because

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The Needs of the Frail

Published on August 23, 2010 by in InSite Review

A BITTER PILL by John Sloan, M.D. Greystone Books, Toronto, 2009. Reviewed by William Sheridan. The North American population, along with the rest of humanity, is aging at a predictable rate. Longevity is increasing, and the median age is on the rise. The United Nations predicts that the challenge of aging will be one of

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Advertising as propaganda

Published on August 18, 2010 by in InSite Review

THE AGE OF PERSUASION by Terry O’Reilly & Mike Tennant. Alfred A. Knopf, Toronto, 2009. Reviewed by William Sheridan. This book provides a fascinating history and interesting insights about advertising [mediated sales pitch], and I heartily recommend it.  However, it also contains some profound fallacies that wise readers should watch out for! “…the thousands of

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Momentous Moments?

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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Privacy lost – transparency regained?

Published on July 22, 2010 by in Caught Thinking

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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