“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” –Peter Drucker

It's true, we like to make things difficult on ourselves. We like to work harder and not smarter. Like Sisyphus from Greek mythology, who pushed a giant boulder up a hill only to see it tumble back down, we think we are getting somewhere only to have all of our hard work dismantled by exhaustion and an inability to enjoy the journey. We are busier than ever and there is no greater need for effective leaders. On this blog, I hope to distill knowledge and expertise that will help you live a better life, become a better manager and eventually a leader in your own rights. Welcome! You're in the right place.

Admissions by Henry Marsh – Book Knowledge Share

A follow up to his earlier memoir, Dr. Marsh shares his thoughts on life as a neurosurgeon. He provides insightful tidbits on human nature and the challenges of the later stages of life. I’ve shared a few of the ideas from the book in this latest Book Knowledge Share video.

Psyched Up by Daniel McGinn – Book Knowledge Share

We all have to perform at some point in our life. Whether it’s a job interview, piano recital, or presentation to the board of directors, being able to pull off a top performance is critical and will help you succeed.

This book covers a number of different ways to go about creating a well-tuned performance and will offer you some great advice if you suffer from performance anxiety.

How We Can Win by Anthony Lacavera – Book Knowledge Share

Canada is a great place to live and start a business. The challenge is being able to grow and sustain a company on an international level. In the book, Anthony Lacavera, the founder of WIND mobile, tells the story of how Canadian organizations can become more competitive on the world stage and improve the prospects of Canadians becoming the dominant leader.

Food for Fitness by Anita Bean – Book Knowledge Share

Staying fit and healthy is a core part of longevity in one’s career. Food plays a significant role in your ability to maintain your health, and if you’re looking to take your health to the next level, you need to focus on what you put into your body.

Anita Bean’s book is focused on food for people who want to fuel their workouts but I believe there are some good tidbits for non-athletes as well.

The Whistler by John Grisham – Book Knowledge Share

Always a page turner, John Grisham’s The Whistler is typical of the author. Following some odd activity, judicial corruption investigators look for wrongdoing.

As with my other book knowledge share videos, here I give you some key takeaways on how you can be more successful. I think it’s important to look for nuggets of learning in both fiction and non-fiction books. It forces you to be creative and puts you in the shoes of the characters, too.

The Long Haul by Finn Murphy – Book Knowledge Share

With the book knowledge share, I read a broad range of books in hope that I can share knowledge across many aspects of life, business, creativity, and leadership. This book is one of those books that seem off the beaten path but surprises you in its quality and depth.

After reading the Long Haul I had a better understanding of the trucking industry, something I didn’t expect to learn. What I also received from reading the book was an appreciation for others and a few life lessons as well.

Writing Without Bullshit by Josh Bernoff – Book Knowledge Share

In business, we write all the time. Whether it’s an email or business proposal it’s wise for us to know how to write well.

Unfortunately, as the author explains, we have a tendency to write in a way that doesn’t help us get our point across effectively. We write in a way that’s easy for the writer and not for the reader. Writing Without Bullshit shares how to go about writing in a way that makes your words more powerful and persuasive.

Check out the video for the tips and tricks that I learned from this book.