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Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.

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The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (updated & in paperback!)

By Sally Haldorson, published December 5, 2011, at 7:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: What They Say, Why They Matter, and How They Can Help You (updated) by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten, Portfolio, 348 pages, $16. 00, Paperback, November 2011, ISBN 9781591844464 Five years ago, Jack Covert, founder of 800-CEO-READ, and Todd Sattersten, then president of the company, chose and reviewed the 100 best business titles of all time--the ones that deliver the biggest payoff for today's busy readers. The resulting book, aptly named The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, puts each book in context so that readers can quickly find solutions to the business problems they face.

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Desperate Times, Different Measures

By Sally Haldorson, published November 18, 2011, at 7:42 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Of course the saying goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures. " With our depressed economy, it can certainly seem like desperate times filled with risk on a daily basis. Perhaps you wake up in the middle of the night remembering a deadline that passed without you noticing just a few hours before, and you suddenly worry that one mistake might be the last straw.

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What are your six words?

By Sally Haldorson, published November 3, 2011, at 8:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I was driving the other day and turned on the radio to The Ben Merens Show, a call-in program airing on a local NPR station. He and his guest were taking calls for listeners' Six Word Memoirs. I'd never heard of such a thing, and as I listened, I learned there are a number of books and a well-developed website all based on this concept of summing up your life in six words.

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Doing the Right Thing

By Sally Haldorson, published October 24, 2011, at 10:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In 2007, we chose a book called Responsibility at Work as the winner of the Personal Development category for that year's Business Book of the Year Awards. It was the first time I'd been exposed to Howard Gardner's work--he is prolific*, so the book we featured was only a small part of his overall catalog--, and I became quite interested in his Theory of Multiple Intelligences. I don't recall if I've ever taken an official IQ test but I can tell you I wouldn't have done well on it.

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Friday Links(ish)

By Sally Haldorson, published October 21, 2011, at 6:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

While Dylan is relaxing on his honeymoon in Costa Rica, I'm going to take a stab at my version of Friday Links. Enjoy! There has been a lot of talk both online and around the water cooler about the New York Times article "Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal" published earlier this week that made the bold statement: Amazon.

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A New inBubbleWrap Giveaway: Plan B

By Sally Haldorson, published October 19, 2011, at 6:06 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If you were to open up David Kord Murray's Plan B to the Table of Contents and run your finger down the list of chapter inclusions, you'd scan such colorful teasers as these: iTunes as a Can Opener The Fat Man and Little Boy Ten Thousand Empty Stores Ernest Hemingway Beginner's Sex Intriguing, to say the least. And isn't it exciting to open up a new book, a book on strategy and management no less, and actually be curious not only about the information provided but also about how these teasers will be resolved, how the author's apparently quirky point of view will levitate the material? Murray did this same thing in his first book, Borrowing Brilliance too.

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Congratulations to Dylan and Kat

By Sally Haldorson, published October 18, 2011, at 3:58 PM – Filed under: The Company

Dylan Schleicher has been working for 800-CEO-READ since 2003. He's done nearly every job, but for the majority of his time here, he's been creating things for us all to learn from and enjoy. Perhaps you've read some of his blog posts here that always include an entertaining and thought-provoking blend of current events and history, pop culture and more esoteric interests, as well as an excellent grasp of the context into which a new business book falls.

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The Leader in You

By Sally Haldorson, published October 17, 2011, at 6:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In Tribes, Seth Godin writes, "Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead. This scarcity makes leadership valuable. In other words, if everyone could do it, they would, and it wouldn’t be worth much.

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Is Your Idea Crazy Enough? An Excerpt from Creative Thinkering

By Sally Haldorson, published September 28, 2011, at 5:42 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Management & Workplace Culture

IS YOUR IDEA CRAZY ENOUGH? An Excerpt from Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work by Michael Michalko The playful openness of creative geniuses is what allows them to explore unthinkable ideas. Once Wolfgang Pauli, the discoverer of electron spin, was presenting a new theory of elementary particles before a professional audience.

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Break Your Own Rules

By Sally Haldorson, published September 19, 2011, at 4:17 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Author of Employees First, Customers Second, Vineet Nayar, recently wrote a couple of blog posts included on the HBR Blog Network that started a bit of a dust-up in comments. First, at the beginning of the month, he asked the question: "Are Women Dissatisfied Enough? " and went on to assert two "pre-conditions" were needed--in addition to an enabling corporate environment--to improve the successes of women in business.

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A Giving Business is a Good Business

By Sally Haldorson, published September 14, 2011, at 9:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Teachers in the Milwaukee Public School system were surprised on their first day back in the classroom this fall with a gift from a local company, Penzey's Spices. The gift included a jar of their newest salt-free seasoning, Forward! (which not-incidentally is Wisconsin's state motto), and a jar of their all-purpose cinnamon.

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The 100 Best Business Books of All Time: Updated & Expanded!

By Sally Haldorson, published September 2, 2011, at 5:41 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We're excited to announce an updated and expanded paperback version of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time available 11/1/11 from Portfolio. More content--expanded reviews of the Takeaway chapter books (including Thinkertoys, The First 90 Days, Beyond the Core, and The Lexus and the Olive Tree); new sidebars (including decision-making, visual thinking, and 1982, the watershed year for business books); and a new introduction and closing manifesto--means more for you to learn and enjoy. The perfect book for you to put on your Christmas list and read to inspire you for the new year!