Words of Wisdom

So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.

by Ben Franklin

Book Reviews and More

Fern Richardson is well known for her training seminars; however, she also provides education for business through book reviews.   Fern provides an educated analysis on content, style and originality of books in various topic areas for the Edmonton education community.



Opening Up: The healing powers of expressing emotion: James Pennebaker, The Guildford Press, Revised 1997

Originals: How non-conformists move the world: Adam Grant, Viking 2016

What the F: What swearing reveals about our language, our brains and ourselves: Benjamin K Bergen, Basic Books, 2016

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: Alan Alda, Random House, 2017

Deep Work: Cal Newport, Grand Central Publishing, 2016

Five Minds for the Future: Howard Gardner, Harvard School Press, 2006

Reclaiming Conversation: Sherry Turkle, Penguin Press, 2015

The Effective Presentation: Asha Kaul, Response Books- Sage Publications, 2005

Self-Compassion: Kirstin Neff PhD, Harper Collins Publishers, 2011

The Inefficiency Assassin: Helene Segura, New World Library, 2016

Presence: Amy Cuddy, Little Brown and Company, 2015

Let the Elephants Run: David Usher, House of Anansi Press, 2015

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Todd B Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener, Hudson Street Press, 2014

Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman, Doubleday Canada, 2011

To Sell is Human: Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books, 2012

Before Happiness: Shawn Achor, Crown Business, 2013

Frugal Innovation: Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, The Economist in Association with Profile Books Limited and Public Affairs, 2014

Practical Wisdom: Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe, Riverhead Books, 2010

I thought It Was Just Me: Brene Brown, Gotham Books, 2007

The Upside of Stress: Kelly McGonigal Ph.D. Avery Books , 2015

The Time Paradox: Phillip Zimbardo and John Boyd, Free Press, 2008

Play: Stuart Brown MD and Christopher Vaughan, Avery, 2009

The Dolphin Way: Shimi K. Kang MD, Viking, 2014

The NOW Habit at Work: Neil Fiore, John Wiley & Sons, 2010

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: Matthew Hutson, Plume 2012

Out of Our Minds:Ken Robinson, Capstone Publishing 2011

The Humor Code:Peter McGraw and Joel Warner, Simon and Schuster, 2014

The Consummate Leader:Patricia Thompson PhD. Silver Lining Psychology, 2014

Smarter Than You Think: Clive Thompson, Penguin Press, 2013

The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: Clifford Nass, Penguin Group, 2010

The Procrastination Equation: Piers Steel, Vintage Canada 2010

The Pursuit of Perfect: Tal Ben-Shahar, McGraw Hill, 2009

The Myths of Happiness: Sonja Lyubomirski, Penguin Press, 2013

Positivity: Barbara Fredrickson, Crown Publishing Group, 2009

The Paradox of Choice: Why more is less: Barry Schwartz, Harper Perennial, 2005

Give and Take: The Revolutionary Approach to Success: Adam Grant, Viking , 2013 

The Happiness Advantage: Shawn Achor, Crown Publishing Group, 2010

Drive: Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead, 2011

The Antidote: Oliver Burkeman, Penguin Group, 2012

The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: John Coates, Random House Canada, 2012

Public Speaking and Presentations Demystified: Melody Templeton, McGraw Hill, 2010

The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right: Atul Gawnde, Metropolitan Books, 2009

Who:The A method of Hiring: Geoff Smart and Randy Street, Ballantine Books, 2008

Changing Minds: Howard Gardner, Harvard Business School Publishing, 2004

Redirect: The surprising new science of psychological change: Timothy D. Wilson, Little Brown and Company, 2011

The Sense of Being Stared At: Rupert Sheldrake, Three Rivers Press, 2003

The 80/20 Principle: the secret of achieving more with less; Richard Koch, Doubleday, 1998

The Progress Principle: Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, Harvard Business Review Press, 2011

Click: What millions of people are doing online and why it matters : Bill Tancer Hyperion, 2008

Ecological Intelligence: How knowing the hidden impacts of what we buy can change everything –  Daniel Goleman Broadway Books, 2009

The Facebook Era: Tapping online social networks to build better products, reach new audiences, and sell more stuff – Clara Shih Pearson Education Inc. 2009

The Naked Presenter:  Garr Reynolds, New Riders, 2011

You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation –  Deborah Tannen Random House New York, 2006

A Perfect Mess: The hidden benefits of disorder, Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman, Little Brown and Company, 2006

Crush It!: Why now is the time to cash in on your passion, Gary Vaynerchuk, Harper Studio, 2009

101 Boardroom Problems (and how to solve them), Eli Mina, American Management Association, 2009

Creative Strategy: Reconnecting business and innovation, Chris Bilton and Stephen Cummings, Wiley 2010

How to Make Money with Social Media, Jamie Turner and Reshma Shah, Pearson Education, 2011

The Most Human Human: Brain Christian, Doubleday, 2011

Virtual Presentations That Work: Joel Gendelman, McGraw Hill, 2010

Own The Room: David Booth, Deborah Shames, Peter Desberg, McGraw Hill, 2010

Emotional Awareness: a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman, Times Books, 2008

How We Decide: Jonah Lehrer, Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, 2009

Kluge: The haphazard construction of the human mind: Gary Marcus, Houghton Mifflin, 2008

Future Babble: Dan Gardner, McClelland & Stewart, 2010

The Googlization of Everything: and why we should worry: Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of California Press, 2011

Death by Meeting: Patrick Lencioni, JosseyBass, 2004

Alone Together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other- Sherry Turkle, Basic Books, 2011

How to Give a Pretty Good Presentation: T J Walker, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2010

Everything Bad Is Good For You: Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 2005

The Virtual Self: How our digital lives are altering the world around us: Nora Young, McClelland & Stewart, 2012


Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Education Award 2013

I’m pleased to have been the lead instructor in this award winning program- a partnership between Beaumont, Leduc, Leduc County and MacEwan University   


Here are a few of the articles I’ve published:

Interviews I’ve participated in:

Interview with the Leduc Representative