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Can you hear me now?

The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death by John Gray. Doubleday Canada; Toronto, Ontario, 2011. (273 pages). Reviewed by Donald R. Officer. As Hamlet observes with mock delicacy, nobody ever returns from the land of the dead. However, that is the rub, as he notes while pondering his own death in

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You can always use another rubber chicken

Published on March 14, 2011 by in InSite Review

Marketing Outrageously Redux How to Increase your Revenue by Staggering Amountsby Jon Spoelstra. Bard Press, Austin, Texas, 2010. Reviewed by Donald Officer. Jon Spoelstra wrote the first edition of this book about ten years ago. With his great imagination for the message he didn’t have to repeat himself. Except he did. We still haven’t got

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Financial Crimes Against Humanity

Published on January 27, 2011 by in InSite Review

The Doom Loop in the Financial Sector by William Leiss University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa, 2010. Reviewed by Liam Patterson Sociologist Ulrich Beck did a historical analysis of the sources and management of risks, and concluded that “natural” risks have subsided in modern society, only to be replaced by ³social² risks (Risk Society, 1992). Two of

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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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