• Are you good at what you do? Of course you are, but that’s not enough to be successful. You need to think deeply about your brand, how you show up in the world. Everything you do, from the way you answer the phone to how you dress for meetings and handle complaints, should reflect you [...]

  • Why do so many organizations waste money on design thinking? Yes, it’s a popular topic in the business world, but many millions are squandered on cool new ideas that don’t fit the business. How can this happen? This week, at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto, I interviewed Heather Fraser, an innovator, strategist, and [...]

  • What’s it like to be the power behind the throne, especially when the occupant of the throne is a creative genius? You might wonder in today’s wild political world, when U.S. President Donald Trump routinely surprises and even shocks his closest advisors when they wake up every morning to read his latest tweets. It’s a [...]

  • At a time when the world is increasingly divided, it was a true honour to meet Izzeldin Abuelaish, the doctor from Gaza who lost three daughters when his apartment was shelled a decade ago by Israeli forces. Even then he still refused to hate. Instead he continued to advocate for peace, and his book, I [...]

  • A couple of years ago, I got a call from a former senior banking executive and adviser, Patricia Meredith. She had some deep and startling thoughts about the state of Canadian banks, and she needed an editor to help her write for the general business reader. I partnered her with Bernard Simon, a veteran editor [...]

  • Do you live on one of Toronto’s lost golf courses? If you live in Toronto, you might be residing on a golf course that was long ago paved over to make way for residential development. It turns out that Toronto was physically shaped by golf courses that were formed back in the 19th century. The creators [...]

  • I’m delighted to announce that The Greenbelt has won a silver medal at an important American publishing competition. Our Benjamin Franklin Award was handed out last weekend at the annual Independent Book Publishers Association conference in Austin, Texas. Congratulations to author Burkhard Mausberg, the former CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, which has been [...]

  • Great news! The Greenbelt is a finalist in a big U.S. competition held by the IBPA — the Independent Book Publishers Association. Our book made it to the final circle of 3 in a competition that typically attracts 100 entries for each category. The winner of the IBPA Ben Franklin Award will be announced on [...]

  • It’s a big week for some of our Barlow authors. They’re giving talks about their books to very important audiences in Toronto and Los Angeles. Norman Bacal is speaking about his book, Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie, to a high-powered business group at the storied Toronto Club. You [...]

  • Barlow Books had a stellar year for bestselling books in 2017. Our books made it onto several bestselling lists, from amazon to the prestigious Globe and Mail bestseller list. Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie was a big winner in 2017. Author Norman Bacal made it onto the Globe [...]

  • I love giving and receiving books for Christmas, but have you ever considered the ultimate book gift? You could give someone you love the chance to write their own book. Now some of you might be laughing. What kind of gift is that? Is that just a recipe for a miserable, lonely winter? I don’t [...]

  • If you’re thinking of writing a book, you might wonder: Where do I start? My answer might surprise you. Put down your pen, shut down your laptop, and think about the following question: What is your book about? Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. When I put the question to authors at Barlow Books, [...]

  • When a traditional publisher says no to your book, it’s painful. You’ve worked hard on that book, and you’re convinced that it can change minds and make a real difference in the world. But the publisher didn’t buy it. In the old days — five years ago, for instance — your only option was to [...]

  • If you are looking for a publisher, what do you do? With the explosion of book publishing options online, it’s getting confusing, so here is the lowdown on the three options you have to publish your next book: Traditional publishing: The publisher pays for editing, design, printing, and distribution. In return, the publisher makes most [...]

  • If you’re looking for a publisher, what are your options? You can try to land a deal with a traditional publisher like Penguin Random House or HarperCollins. If you get one, you’re very, very lucky. On the other hand, you can try to publish yourself. Yes, you’ll be able to get your book on Amazon, [...]

  • We all want to look like we’re strong and confident. We want people to think that we never make mistakes and that we always know what we’re doing. But have you ever considered the power of being vulnerable, of exposing your weaknesses, and what you don’t know? You might be surprised to see what happens. [...]

  • How do you create true wealth in your family? By earning more money and handing it to the kids so they have an easier life than yours? That would be a mistake: Just look at all the young people who inherited the big bucks, only to squander it and lead indifferent lives. Yet you don't [...]

  • I’ve been watching The Defiant Ones, the terrific documentary on the two great record producers, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. The four-part series is hugely entertaining, but it also reveals a lot about the collaboration between these record producers and stars like Bruce Springsteen and Bono. We’re obviously not rock and roll stars, but we [...]

  • Why now? If you want to get into major media with news of your book, you’ll need to answer this question. And you should ask yourself why your book is relevant now before you start writing. Journalists know that in any news story, opinion piece or feature, they need to tell readers at the very [...]

  • For the last few years, I’ve been walking the Bruce Trail with my sister Martha, my partner David, and all kinds of friends. We started in Queenston, ON, at the beginning of the 885-kilometre trail and hope to reach Tobermory at some point in our lifetimes. Walking through the hidden beauty of Ontario is a [...]