Earlier this month I had the opportunity to interview Amanda Lang about her recent book, The Power of Why. You may know Amanda from the Lang & O’Leary Exchange or from CBC News.
One of the aspects that I love about Amanda is that she makes business news more approachable for a younger generation. Unlike many of my colleagues and family members, it has been less than a decade since I have been engaged in following what’s going on in the political and business arenas. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always voted and researched who I was voting for when it came to elections. Actually, I feel very strongly that it’s all of our civic duty to do this (but that’s another tangent). What I’m getting at though is as someone from GenY, with school/work/planning for the future taking up so much time it’s hard to have time (or the left over attention span) to follow anything else. Now, as an adult I often feel intimidated by business and politics because I feel like I have so much catching up to do in terms of what’s in my knowledge bank. It’s shocking sometimes to learn about how much has happened during my lifetime… All that to say, that I really appreciate Amanda’s way of approaching topics and making it easy for people like me to understand…and not be intimidated.
The Power of Why seeks to inspire Canadians to reignite their curiosity and passion for learning. It seems that Canadians just aren’t as engaged as we should be at work and this has caused productivity to be on the decline for decades. Amanda reveals the answer to this pressing economic issue…[spoiler alert] The answer is: Innovation. Innovation is fueled by curiosity, which in turn powers productivity… You can read more from my interview here, or pick up the book!!