Category Archives: The workplace

Why we’re obsessed with innovation

Hardly a day goes by that we’re not lectured by a politician, academic or business leader to be more “innovative”. Canada is apparently falling behind in the world race to innovate and if we don’t do better, we’ll fail, or get fired, or end up in the poorhouse. In a recent Globe and Mail business… Read More »

How much is a writer worth?

Writers have an odd and sometimes disturbing relationship with money. I once described to a creative writing friend some ideas I had for novels set in the world of business and money. (Did you know, for example, that every year in Canada there is a least one prosecution of a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme – usually… Read More »

Let’s put existentialism to work

In high school in the sixties we worshipped at the altar of two writerly gods, Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. They made philosophy cool and relevant because they talked about things like honesty, moral responsibility and authenticity. By authenticity they meant, in part, living your life according to the moral values you believe in.… Read More »

Join the conversation – please!

When I taught business writing at Kwantlen University last fall, I was struck by the number of students who struggled with appropriate tone and style in their writing. Business writing has become much more conversational over the past twenty years. Where previously we used archaic words and expressions like “therefore”, “henceforth”, “as required”, “per your… Read More »

Newsflash – Google discovers the secret of great teams!

After three years of research, the folks at Google, having penetrated the fog, bent the light fantastic, and opened the blackest of black boxes, recently revealed the secret of what makes a great team. In a recent New York Times Magazine article, What Google learned from its quest to build the perfect team, writer Charles… Read More »