Books/Podcast

These are my books. Although my keynote speech is funny, my books are more straightforward and, ok, not funny, except for Mouth, which is a little bit funny. All my books are profiled on this one page, so please scroll down.


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

Job, Career and Life Management: IS THIS THE DAY I GET FIRED?

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?” Because, frankly, the odds of losing your current position are higher than they have ever been, regardless of your age, education, or smarts. Jobs are not what they were, and you only have to look at businesses like Uber to notice that everything is very different and very immediate. It is forecast that within 10-15 years, 40% of the workforce will be freelancers. Are you ready for that?

This is not a bad news book. The point is, you can be prepared for agile career self-sufficiency, by ensuring you take the time now to build and maintain a quality network, know how to divide your time between your job of now and your job of the future, and take your future into your own hands.

Sure, thinking about getting fired is scary. But the antidote to being scared is to have a plan. This book is your plan.

Is This The Day I Get Fired is available on Amazon.com.


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

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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