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Jack Covert Selects - The Alliance

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2014, at 4:50 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25. 00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic.

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Thinker in Residence - John Hope Bryant on Business and Books

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2014, at 4:21 AM – Filed under: Biography & Narrative, Current Events & Public Affairs, Leadership & Strategy

"It’s not like we delivered 'the memo' and poor, working class and middle class folks flubbed it and failed the test. We were simply never given the memo. " ~John Hope Bryant

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Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with John Hope Bryant

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 10, 2014, at 2:53 AM – Filed under: Biography & Narrative, Leadership & Strategy

"As I looked around me, throughout the course of my life, it just dawned on me that Americans' and America’s real value was hiding in plain sight. " ~John Hope Bryant

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Thinker in Residence: John Hope Bryant

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 9, 2014, at 4:25 AM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

"The most dangerous person in the world is a person with no hope. " ~John Hope Bryant

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Jack Covert Selects - Roadside MBA

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2014, at 2:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives, and Small Business Owners by Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer, and Scott Schaefer, Business Plus, 279 pages, $27. 00, hardcover, June 2014, ISBN 9781455598892 Three microeconomics professors enter a shoe store in Maine… It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, or a very boring story. It is actually the beginning of a great new book that combines two quintessentially American things: the road trip and small businesses.

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Jack Covert Selects - Executive Presence

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2014, at 2:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Harper Business, 210 pages, $26. 99, hardcover, June 2014, ISBN 9780062246899 With her new book, Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, Sylvia Ann Hewlett bravely tackles an unwelcome elephant in the room. Few people want to admit that appearance, or bearing, or reputation really plays a part in how much a person succeeds in his or her chosen profession.

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Jack Covert Selects - It's Not the How or the What But the Who

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It’s Not the How or the What But the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best by Claudio Fernandez Araoz, Harvard Business Review Press, 244 pages, $28. 00, hardcover, June 2014, ISBN 9781625271525 At it’s simplest, It’s Not the How or the What But the Who is a guide to hiring, developing, and retaining the right people. That seems like a fairly straightforward proposition, but if you’ve ever had to hire people you know it is easier said than done.

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ChangeThis: Issue 118

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 11, 2014, at 7:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Repairing the Hole in the Boat: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism by John Hope Bryant “What if there was a way to use the power of free market enterprise to lift every American and indeed every human being on the planet to a level of dignity, inclusion, fulfillment, engagement, economic security and stability? Wouldn’t that be a truly noble cause? ” The Accelerating Organization: In a Faster Moving World, We Need Speed and Agility to Keep Up by John P.

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A Covert Departure

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 30, 2014, at 11:09 PM – Filed under: Biography & Narrative, Leadership & Strategy, Publishing Industry, The Company

Today is officially the last day of Jack Covert's tenure as President of 800-CEO-READ, a company he founded and has led since 1984. If it were up to us as a staff, we would find some grand gesture to mark the occasion. We would release a flock of exquisite birds in his honor, or etch "Thanks, Jack" onto the face of the moon.

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The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company 2014 Business Book of the Year Award

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2014, at 7:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There has been a shake up around one of the major business book awards given every year, with McKinsey & Company taking the place of Goldman Sachs as the partner of the Financial Times for the tenth year of their prestigious award. Submissions have been open since last month, and they officially announced the launch of the 2014 Business Book of the Year Award yesterday. Also a first this year, they have announced an additional award—the Bracken Bower Prize—which "will be given to a promising young writer with the best proposal for a book about an emerging business theme.

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ChangeThis: Issue 117

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 15, 2014, at 4:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Magic Triangle of Company and Career Health by Rich Karlgaard “The soft edge of business is the side of deeper human longings and values. . .

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Greg McKeown's Essentialism

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 14, 2014, at 11:26 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Greg McKeown has a stomach-sinking story to tell near the beginning of his new book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, about the day after his daughter was born. Fortunately, the little lady was okay, "healthy and happy at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. " But not everything was well with Daddy.