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Lessons from the Podium: An Olympian Shares her Personal Life Story and Lessons Learned from Sports and Business

Charmaine Crooks book Lessons from the Podium

Olympian medalist, IOC member, and founding member of the Ernst & Young (EY) Global Women in Business Advisory Council, Charmaine Crooks also founded NGU Consultants Inc in 1994. NGU is a global sport and corporate consultancy and management firm, providing strategic advisory services and capital raising for a variety of sectors.

Her new book Lessons from the Podium will be published by Brilliant Idea Books in Feb 2015

 

Never Smile at a Crocodile, and Other Tales of a Tax Traveller by Paul DioGuardi

Never Smile at a CrocodilePaul DioGuardi, QC ( for Queen’s Counsel) is Canada’s most recognizable tax resolution lawyer. In nearly fifty years of practice, Paul has experienced the best and worst of the Canada Revenue Agency from both sides of the smiling crocodile’s jaws.

From the inside looking out, as a special investigator and then Department of Justice Counsel for the CRA; and from the taxpayer’s point of view, as Senior Tax Counsel at DioGuardi Tax Law, a national tax litigation law firm with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. DioGuardi’s insights and library of case files are unequalled in the practice of taxpayer resolutions.

Never Smile at a Crocodile captures the spirit of adventure that inspired a young and promising lawyer to devote his practice years to tax. Mr. DioGuardi, an accomplished teller of tales, shares some of the adventures of a life which proves that tax, contrary to the popular misconception, is anything but dull. His anecdotes are intermingled with insights and advice on tax issues of relevance to all taxpayers .

Publication May 2014: Format: Hardcover: Imprint: Brilliant Idea Books

Business Etiquette by Dorenda McNeil

dorenda-mcneilDorenda McNeil is a passionate and driven communications expert.  With over 15 years of experience in public relations, marketing and strategic planning, Dorendapossesses the quintessential attributes needed to be successful in the business, including her never-ending curiosity for current events, business and culture. Specializing in corporate communications, Dorenda regularly directs event management and media relations projects, and provides creative communication solutions for her clients.

Dorenda has managed major events involving significant planning and consultation components, including two Toronto City Summits and projects for the Trump International Hotel & Tower, Toronto. Dorenda has also been intimately involved with issue specific roundtables for many diverse groups – large and small, public, private and not-for-profit

This Toronto-based senior public relations executive has also taught business etiquette courses at the University of Toronto’s Continuing Education program for many years and brings all her insights and practical advice into her first book.. She covers etiquette tips for meetings, travel, dressing, dining, e-mail and technology, telephone and  networking. A firm believer in business etiquette and protocol, Dorenda is a certified trainer with The Protocol School of Washington, and loves teaching others (individually or in groups) on how to obtain a competitive advantage by polishing their communication and etiquette skills. Publication: September 2013

Engage Me by Kevin Higgins

engage-meKevin Higgins is the CEO of Fusion Learning Inc., a Toronto-based sales culture organization that helps sales leaders and salespeople perform better.

Fusion Learning offers practical customized sales training programs to drive the right kind of sales behaviours. Major clients have included Canadian Tire, The Globe & Mail. Molsons, Honda, and Grand & Toy,and have realized dramatic and sustainable increases in sales operations. Fusion Learning has been a Profit 200 company (200 fastest growing companies in Canada as named by Profit magazine) in Canada for six consecutive years with a compound annual growth rate of 28%.

Engage Me will provide insights into how Kevin builds a sales culture discipline. It is a complex web of stucture, process, reward, recognition, compensation, training, leading, motivating, coaching, teaching, providing feedback, and more.  The book will blend the author’s passion for building sales organizations with great stories and examples of both problems and solutions.

Publication: September 2013

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