Saturday, 2 June 2007

One for work and one for fun

Finished June 2
The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine
This novel looks at a number of people and dogs that live on one block in New York City. She tells the story from a number of points of view and shows how the different characters interact with each other and are changed by this interaction. I found several of the characters appealing, and all of them believable. A theme running through the book is that we are all only human after all and have feelings and behaviours that we are not always proud of, but that are things that make us vulnerable to others. The way that dogs are used to assist in the interaction of the characters is interesting and the dogs are individualized as well.

Finished May 30
151 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees by Ken Lloyd
This quick read gives a variety of ideas to motivate staff, some more practical than others. I found about 40 that would work for me, although I am already doing quite a few of them. It was useful as a reminder of the different ways to encourage people to give their best work and feel good about their commitment to the organization.

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