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Jack Covert Selects - Give and Take

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 12, 2013, at 2:26 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, Viking Books, 320 pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, April 2013, ISBN 9780670026555 “I want to explore what separates the champs from the chumps,” says Adam Grant in the first chapter of Give and Take. Grant sets this up with an explanation of three different personality types on a spectrum of reciprocity: takers, matchers, and givers.

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Jack Covert Selects - The One Thing

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 12, 2013, at 2:19 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan, Bard Press, 240 pages, $24. 95, Hardcover, April 2013, ISBN 9781885167774 Many people consider multitasking a modern skill, or even necessity, that results in higher productivity, revealing one’s level of ability, improvisation, and creativity. In truth, the efficacy of multitasking is a myth.

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Jack Cover Selects - The Athena Doctrine

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 12, 2013, at 2:16 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio, Jossey-Bass, 304 pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, April 2013, ISBN 9781118452950 The Athena Doctrine is a strange hybrid of a book. In one way it’s prescriptive: feminine leadership qualities are valued around the world, and men and women can learn from the stories told within to approach their work with traditionally female traits such as flexibility, empathy, and honesty.

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Jack Covert Selects - Lean In

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 15, 2013, at 5:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg; Alfred A. Knopf, 240 pages, $24. 95, Hardcover; March 2013, ISBN 9780385349949 The COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most powerful women in business, and as such is a leader not only at the top of her organization, but also to other women in business.

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Jack Covert Selects - Decisive

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 15, 2013, at 5:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Crown Business, 320 pages, $26. 00, Hardcover, March 2013, ISBN 9780307956392 Each day, all day, we make decisions. Often, these many decisions are simple: what to wear, where to eat, and how best to churn through the tasks on our to-do list.

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Jack Covert Selects - How Stella Saved the Farm

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 15, 2013, at 5:26 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

How Stella Saved the Farm: A Wild and Wooly Yarn About Making Innovation Happen by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, St. Martins Press, 160 pages, $19. 98, Hardcover, March 2013, ISBN 9781250002129 I was surprised to see that two of the most respected and knowledgeable business book authors writing today, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, wrote a parable.

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Jack Covert Selects - Can't Buy Me Like

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 15, 2013, at 5:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Can’t Buy Me Like: How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results by Bob Garfield & Doug Levy, Portfolio, 229 pages, $25. 95, Hardcover, March 2013, ISBN 9781591845775 It’s a lousy cliché, but the instruction to “be yourself” is becoming an essential modus operandi for today’s successful marketers. When social media arrived on the radars of advertisers and marketers, many said, “Oh goody, new media to purchase,” and quickly filled up the cheap new real estate with the same old message: “We are great!

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Jack Covert Selects - The Slow Fix

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 11, 2013, at 5:26 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Slow Fix: Solve Problems, Work Smarter, and Live Better in a World Addicted to Speed by Carl Honoré, HarperOne, 224 pages, $25. 99, Hardcover, January 2013, ISBN 9780061128820 After reading the first six pages of The Slow Fix at my desk, I turned to a coworker and exclaimed, “This is so good! ” And that’s truly the best way to react to a book, isn’t it?

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Jack Covert Selects - The Org

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 11, 2013, at 4:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan, Twelve, $26. 99, 320 pages, Hardcover, January 2013, ISBN 9780446571593 Just as market theory sits on the foundation of Adam Smith’s ideas, made famous in The Wealth of Nations, the study of organizational economics began with the work of Ronald Coase in a famous article entitled “The Nature of the Firm. ” Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain in their new book, The Org: Coase’s conception of the market involved a lot more friction and discord than Adam Smith’s original vision.

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Jack Covert Selects - Midnight Lunch

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 11, 2013, at 4:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success from Thomas Edison’s Lab by Sarah Miller Caldicott, John Wiley & Sons, 284 pages, $21. 95, Hardcover, December 2012, ISBN 9781118407868 Midnight Lunch is a book about collaboration, and about contemporizing the prolific Thoman Edison’s belief that collaboration is key to innovation. The title itself refers to the late night gatherings of team members at Edison’s famous laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey—collaborative sessions that spawned inventions and innovations that every schoolchild in America grows up learning about.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Icarus Deception

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 14, 2012, at 8:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin, Portfolio, 256 pages, $24. 95, Hardcover, December 2012, ISBN 9781591846079 Most of us remember the “creative types” in school, the ones who wore odd clothes and listened to strange music.

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Jack Covert Selects - To Sell is Human

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 14, 2012, at 5:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books, 272 pages, $26. 95, Hardcover, December 2012, ISBN 9781594487156 Dan Pink dedicates his new book, To Sell is Human, to booksellers.