Good Boss, Bad Boss

Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best... and Learn from the WorstGood Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst by Robert I. Sutton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well written and enjoyable – lots of great examples of what to do and not to do when your the boss. Don’t be a bosshole!

Peter Scholtens

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Evolutionary Heresies

I went to a lecture from an evolutionary biologist tonight. He said, quoting someone else, “Evolution is the process of editing, not authorship.” But we never heard about who the author might be.

And if if that’s true, than why did he say that the only things that existed in the beginning were atoms, bonds, and intramolecular forces. Oh, and there was order in the atoms, bonds, and intramolecular forces. But we have no idea where those came from.

He talked about a species of birds producing gall bladders in captivity when they don’t have them in the wild, what he attributed to a curious form of Lamarckian evolution. But then, almost within seconds, he remarked that evolution always proceeds incrementally.

Unfortunately, I had to leave early, before my head exploded with the inconsistencies, unasked questions, and the unanswered questions.

Peter Scholtens

The Naked Investor

The Naked Investor: Why Almost Everybody But You Gets Rich on Your RRSPThe Naked Investor: Why Almost Everybody But You Gets Rich on Your RRSP by John Lawrence Reynolds

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well-written book illustrating the perils of institutional investing in Canada. I appreciated the many examples of people who got cheated by advisors and the clear direction on what to look out for.

Unfortunately, being published in 2007, the book is a little dated by now, but otherwise a good read. In addition, one of the main problems I see with a book like this is that it frightens all investors and they just put their money in GICs or under their mattress. It would have been nice if he had presented more positive options.

A worthwhile read if you keep in mind the problems.

Peter Scholtens

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Another Olympian Disaster?

After the financial disaster of the Montreal Olympics, every Olympics organization team is concerned about whether they can pay for the Games. Montreal didn’t fully pay off it’s debt until 2006.

Is Vancouver in a similar situation?

It appears that might be the case. This article in the Vancouver daily, highlights the athlete’s village, which was supposed to be sold off as condos. In part because of the economic downturn, the condos stand three quarters empty. We’re only 8 months after the games, so there is still hope. I’d be interested to see the cost/benefit analysis of the other projects.

If you have any thoughts or links, please post in the comments.

Peter Scholtens

Life Is Friends

Life Is Friends: A Complete Guide to the Lost Art of Connecting in PersonLife Is Friends: A Complete Guide to the Lost Art of Connecting in Person by Jeanne Martinet

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’re interested in cultivating relationships with people, this is an excellent book to read. It’s a bit on the chick side for this guy, but there will still lots of useful insights.

While helpful I wish the book wasn’t so explicitly amoral. I mean, do we really need advice on whether to consider sleeping with another guest at a party?

Enjoy!

Peter Scholtens

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Great sermon I heard today on faith in the marketplace – check it out at http://www.newcity-church.com/sermons.php http://bit.ly/dpt4Vp

Canadian Mortgage Advice

Good advice here, especially if you signed up for a 5-year mortgage a year ago.