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with Scott Ruddick

In Review: February's Print Offerings

(also, read New Launchings: Men are From Mars & Women Are From Venus!)

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Families
Stephen Covey
why, Winter 1998

Covey is a business consultant who has carved out a niche for himself as a proponent of principle-centred business practices. Author of the highly acclaimed The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People, Covey has now taken that approach and addressed how it may benefit families.

In this article, Covey excerpts his latest book The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Families. He shows how to improve family relationships by choosing positive responses to situations and encouraging `win-win' thinking. As with his business consultancy, the end goal for Covey is to encourage his readers to `become the kind of person, the kind to family member you really want to be.' A good read.

"Is Your Job Your Calling?"
Fast Company
February/March 1998.

Fast Company, who bill themselves as a magazine that chronicles How Smart Business Works, have established a reputation as a leading edge information source on the new world of work.

In this issue's cover story, they look at how to reconcile personal interests with career paths to ensure both success and personal fulfilment. Perhaps the biggest struggle many people face is with the reconciliation of their career with their interests. Psychologists Timothy Butler and James Waldrop, directors at Harvard's MBA Career Development Programs, are proponents of matching your interests with business activities. In an intriguing interview, Butler and Waldrop offer their advice and perspective on matching career goals and expectations with personal interests to ensure both success and satisfaction.

'The California Issue'
New Yorker
February 23 - March 2 1998

I'm sure they did it on purpose. The New Yorker's theme issue on - of all things - California hits the bookstore shelves of my home city of Toronto, Canada just when the mercury in the thermometers was plummeting dangerously close to the bottom. In fact, I first perused the magazine sitting in a cafe I ducked into to escape a sudden downpour of freezing rain.

Yet, my feelings of paranoia at the apparent sadistic bent of the publishers of the venerable magazine aside, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this issue devoted to all things Californian.

Highlights of the issue:

Jeffrey Rosen, a staff writer for New Yorker as well as an editor at The New Republic, has written a excellent post-mortem, Àfter Affirmative Action'on California's Proposition 209, the law that banned affirmative action programs. As Rosen discovered, the unintended consequences of the act have forced some of it's staunchest proponents to reconsider.

John Heilman, a business writer, discovers the latest offerings from Silicon Valley in `The Next Big Idea'.

And Lawrence Weschler, who teaches writing at Princeton, chronicles his love affair with Los Angeles in `LA Glows'. Though he left twenty years ago, Weschler still believes that LA is that `doesn't look like anywhere else.'

A lot of fun, no matter what the climate.

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