Books

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. Topics include:

  • 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
  • Using email and other technology effectively
  • Getting better sleep
  • Attaining work-life balance

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E-Learning modules availabe at Teachable.com

Imagine walking into your workplace today and asking yourself this question: Is this the day I get fired?

You should do that. And your response to yourself should be “So What?” Frankly, the odds of losing your current position are higher than they have ever been, regardless of your age, education, or smarts. It is forecast that within 10-15 years, 40% of the workforce will be freelancers. Are you ready for that?

Prepare for agile career self-sufficiency by maintaining a quality network and dividing your time between working your current job and investing in your future. The antidote to fear is a plan.

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Before 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 and Sons, challenges our modern addiction to high-speed activity, especially email and event-to-event thinking.

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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, I call, “death-in-harness.”

 

Cool Down takes a look at the 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.

 

The first three chapters highlight the damage that is being caused by a steadily increasing pace of communication and expectation, including the use of wireless email devices. It discusses how an autistic scientist discovered the human capacity for being always “on”, and then describes how the demand for such constant input has led to the inability to think creatively, and to communicate, at a time in history when we need such talents to counter the threats posed by globalization.

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The mid point of the book looks at the current Slow movement, analyzes its roots and its influence, and asks if, or even how it could be introduced in busy North American economies.

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The last few chapters demonstrate the value of cooling down on many different and important areas of life, including, how to connect more effectively with customers, how to talk more productively with your boss, how to build and maintain a career safety net to avoid unemployment, how to sell better, network better, eat better, sleep better, how to turn off and enjoy family time, guilt free.

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Available at Amazon and Chapters-Indigo

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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