Books

Time Management: COOL TIME: A HANDS-ON PLAN FOR MANAGING WORK AND BALANCING TIME

2nd-Edition-Cover-FrontIn our world of interruptions, technology, and time pressure, few people are able to organize their work in isolation from everything else. In fact, effective time management is more about human relationships and expectations than it is about making lists. Cool Time Second Edition is a complete and up-to-date approach to managing time and defending it from the endless demands and expectations of others in the workplace and at home.

It contains practical, personal techniques that will help you apply your new skills to real-world situations: holding time-effective meetings, dealing with distractions, learning to focus, coping with unrealistic workloads, planning for the unexpected, negotiating with your manager over conflicting tasks, and using technology effectively. It includes suggestions on non-work activities including healthy sleep, which make this a complete approach to managing time and balancing life.

In short, it is a complete approach to managing time, priorities, and people in an increasingly fast-paced world.

graphic_ct_100The first edition of Cool Time was published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. It is still available in major bookstores including:

  • Chapters/Indigo | Paperback and Kobo editions – click here
  • Amazon.com | Paperback and Kindle editions – click here

Stress Management/Productivity: COOL DOWN: GETTING FURTHER BY GOING SLOWER

book-cover-cool-downBefore you check your wireless email for the fourth time this hour, ask yourself, is this helping you get further ahead? Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower, published by John Wiley & Sons, time management and productivity expert Steve Prentice challenges our modern addiction to high-speed activity, especially email and event-to-event thinking. He suggests that people are getting locked inside a loop of surface-level urgencies, and are losing the ability to connect creatively with mentors, clients, even their managers. Working days are getting longer, and the separation between work and life is eroding. This, he calls, “death-in-harness.”

In an effort to find a better way, Steve takes a look at the growing Slow movement that is catching on in Japan and Europe, and asks whether it could possibly take root here, and indeed whether it even should. He takes the concept of “Slow” apart and rebuilds it, using terms, case studies and common sense segments that demonstrate clearly that to get further ahead faster, people do actually need to cool down.

Key Terms found in Cool Down:

  • Presenteeism: being at work even though sick or stressed
  • Death-In-Harness: constantly treading the same path with no time for improvement
  • The Silo Effect: the inability for people to connect and communicate creatively
  • Ambient Momentum: the contagious speed of expectation
  • Fear of the Loop: the pressure to stay in touch, even during vacations and after hours
  • Event-to-Event Thinking: moving from activity to activity without factoring in prep time
  • Parkinson’s Law: the Law that makes us think we can fit more into a day than is possible
  • Blue Skying: the creative mental process that happens once the mind relaxes

Available from:

  • Chapters-Indigo Paperback and Kobo versions click here
  • iTunes for Apple iBook version available at the iStore.
  • Amazon.com | Paperback and Kindle editions – click here

Career Management: WORK LIKE A WOLF

Work Like a Wolf Book CoverTo survive and to thrive in your career and business you must think like a wolf…ever alert for both opportunity and threat…never complacent, never distracted. We have been through some hard, uncertain times. Many of us are still facing them. Never has it been more important to be self-sufficient: managing our own careers and destinies – actively and proactively. Because no-one else will. Fifteen years in the making, this powerful and highly practical program shows ahead and stay ahead in a high-speed world full of opportunity but largely devoid of compassion. Work Like a Wolf is a dynamic, ongoing collection of practical tips, techniques, and case studies that delivers a clear path towards professional excellence and a successful future. Stay sharp, innovative, and on your feet in an era of quick change and high uncertainty. It’s time to stop working like a dog and start working like a wolf.


Light Fiction: MOUTH – A NOVEL

Sandy Parkinson and Christine Lee are co-owners of a small eatery in the downtown core based on the concept of offering small bites instead of large meals. Recently things have been going well, mostly due to the patronage of a mysterious Chinese man who uses the office space above the restaurant. All that ends, however, when the Chinese man disappears and a long line of people come along looking for him. His upstairs business, it turns out, was not entirely what it seemed. Sandy and Chris are thrown into the adventure of their lives as they seek to keep their restaurant alive and discover that everyone around them has secrets. Mouth is an upbeat urban adventure story, filled with humourous episodes that skewers our busy lifestyles and love of technology while weaving a narrative of plot twists and engaging characters.

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RECOMMENDED READINGS

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The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. This book is full, and I mean really full of stories complied from history, philosophy and literature. All having to do with the relationships between people, power and getting things done. This is not a book to read cover to cover. It’s a book that you can pick up daily, read one story, and keep on doing this for a year. A fantastic education into human nature. Its lessons are immediately applicable. Click here to purchase through chapters.indigo.ca Chapters

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The Art of War There is a reason this book appears in the business books setion of a bookstore. The techniques for successful warfare apply equally in the business world: every battle is won or lost before it is ever fought. It’s about knowing your enemy’s strengths and weaknesses and choosing your battleground. A classic – 2600 years old.

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The Biology of Success, by Robert Arnot discusses techniques for improving your outlook and achievements by looking more closely at your physical makeup, fitness, diet and outlook. Click here to purchase through chapters.indigo.ca Chapters

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The e-Myth Revisited, by Michael Gerber, is essential reading for anyone who runs or is starting a small business, or who looks after business unit in a larger firm. Gerber deals with the classic fact that being a subject matter expert is not enough to make your business a success. He shows you exactly what else you’ll need. Click here to purchase through chapters.indigo.ca Chapters

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Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think is a fascinating book by Brian Wensink, which looks into the way we approach food, e.g. filling a plate based on the size of the plate rather than the food needed, and delivers some insightful ways to change your food intake from purely reactive. Much better than diets! Click here to purchase through chapters.indigo.ca Chapters

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The One Minute Manager A Business Classic – this book describes how to manage people by doing things such as “catching them doing something right.” It’s a quick, easy read and essential for anyone looking to learn how to manage people effectively.

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Throwing the Elephant by Stanley Bing talks about the forbidden subject of managing up, which means taking your boss almost by the hand and forging a clearer bi-directional relationship. Managing up is not a career-limiting move; it is in fact a way to increase communication, understanding, and the chances for mutual success. Click here to purchase through chapters.indigo.ca

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The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs This book is not just about learning how to speak publicly and how to present in front of an audience. It’s an amazing insight into the mind of one of the greatest salesmen ever. It teaches you how to connect with an audience and with customers by understanding their vision and need, and then speaking the language they want to hear. And that is something that can be applied to internal business relationships, not just onstage presentations.

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Robert’s Rules of Order First published in 1876, and revised a few times since then, this is the definitive book for runing meetings of any size or scope, from a local amateur organization through to parliaments and governments. Carry a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR) with you. You will learn the essentials of running a successful meeting.

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