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Jack Covert Selects - The Good Struggle

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 15, 2013, at 1:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership In an Unforgiving World by Joseph L. Badaracco, Harvard Business School Press, 203 pages, $25. 00, Hardcover, October 2013, ISBN 9781422191644 Joseph Badaracco takes a particularly unnerving stance to open his new book, The Good Struggle.

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Jack Covert Selects - Die Empty

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2013, at 8:13 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry, Portfolio, 240 pages, $26. 95, Hardcover, ISBN 9781591845898, September 2013 Todd Henry’s first book, The Accidental Creative, is one of the better nuts-and-bolts books for anyone that has to be creative at work, from designers to salespeople to CEOs. His new book, Die Empty, is even broader in scope.

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Jack Covert Selects - Thinking in New Boxes

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2013, at 5:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity by Luc De Brabandere & Alan Iny, Random House, 330 pages, $28. 00, Hardcover, September 2013, ISBN 9780812992953 As business professionals, we can set ourselves apart from our colleagues by training ourselves to generate unique and exceptional thought. But that’s far easier said than done, because our brains really like to keep our thoughts under control to stave off the chaos.

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Jack Covert Selects - Before Happiness

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2013, at 8:11 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor, Crown Business, 252 pages, $26. 00, Hardcover, September 2013, ISBN 9780770436735 We all want success, and assume that more success equals more happiness. Shawn Achor proposed in his previous book, The Happiness Advantage, that happiness is actually a precursor to success in the workplace—and his extensive research seemed to prove it.

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Jack Covert Selects - Chaos Imperative

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 8, 2013, at 10:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success by Ori Brafman, Crown Business, 230 pages, $24. 00, Hardcover, August 2013, ISBN 9780307886675 An important piece of Ori Brafman’s new book is its starting point. While announcing the purchase of Gillette in 2005, Proctor & Gamble’s A.

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Jack Covert Selects - Compelling People

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 8, 2013, at 10:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential by John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut, Hudson Street Press, 304 pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, August 2013, ISBN 9781594631016 This book is required reading at Harvard Business School, and for good reason—it helps their students become more successful, and it can do the same for all of us. There is no denying that how the world sees us can make all the difference in how successful we are, and that is exactly what Compelling People addresses.

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Jack Covert Selects - The In-Between

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 8, 2013, at 10:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins, Moody Publishers, 176 pages, $13. 99, July 2013, ISBN 9780802407245 We believe in the power of business books to help managers solve a particular business quandary, inspire an individual to take greater control over their professional lives, to work smarter, be more creative, start something new, or improve an already existing organization. That said, business books are not a panacea, and one can overdose on their advice to live larger, strike out on our own, to change the world.

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Jack Covert Selects - Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 12, 2013, at 2:41 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity by August Turak, Columbia University Press, 200 pages, $29. 95, Hardcover, July 2013, ISBN 9780231160629 At first glance, Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks might seem antithetical. In fact, consider this from the book’s first chapter, “The Economic Miracle of Mepkin Abbey:” The reason for Mepkin’s success is that the monks are not actually in business at all.

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Jack Covert Selects - Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 12, 2013, at 2:33 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value by Daniel Isenberg, Harvard Business Review Press, 304 pages, $27. 00, Hardcover, July 2013, ISBN 9781422186985 It is always refreshing to be told that the things you are feeling are the very right things you should be feeling. And that's the underlying value of the message that author Daniel Isenberg shares in Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Ethical Economy

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 12, 2013, at 2:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Ethical Economy: Rebuilding Value After the Crisis by Adam Arvidsson & Nicolai Peitersen, Columbia University Press, 208 pages, $32. 50, Hardcover, July 2013, ISBN 9780231152648 We chose Robert Schiller’s Finance and the Good Society as the best Finance & Economics book in 2012. That book explained the role of individuals within finance, the role of finance within society, and how we can democratize financial capitalism to create and best serve a “good society.

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Jack Covert Selects - Unthink

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2013, at 2:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius by Erik Wahl, Crown Business, 256 pages, $23. 00, Hardcover, June 2013, ISBN 9780770434007 Remember when you were a child, and could spend each day creating a whole new adventure for you and your friends? There were no boundaries to the stories you could dream up.

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Jack Covert Selects - Inside the Box

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2013, at 2:04 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg; Simon and Schuster, 257 pages, $28. 50, Hardcover, June 2013, ISBN 9781451659252 Inside the Box is counter-directive to the many business books published every year that strive to illuminate and teach creative thinking. Because there is a constant demand for new ideas in our fast-moving business climate, most books tend toward systematizing creativity in order to insure continued innovation within organizations.