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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New inBubbleWrap Offer: Think like a Rich Dad

By Sally Haldorson, published August 25, 2010, at 1:49 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If you didn't already know this, 800-CEO-READ powers a business book giveaway site called inBubbleWrap. Once a week, we post a new offer for a free book, usually a new business title. All you have to do is answer two questions related to the giveaway and provide your contact info (that we only use for inBubbleWrap giveaway notices) and you are entered to win!

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Mastering the Game

By Sally Haldorson, published August 19, 2010, at 8:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Last weekend, my co-worker, Roy, and I attended a small theater group's performance of the 1986 Cold War musical Chess. The musical was a huge hit in London, but when it was brought to Broadway, the format of the production was changed and it closed within 2 months. Being friends with theater folks in college introduced both Roy and me to the music and we are two of only a handful of people (my husband being another) we know who remember the show even exists: though perhaps you might know its most recognizable song, One Night in Bangkok.

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When to take a hike

By Sally Haldorson, published August 16, 2010, at 8:41 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Last night I had come to the conclusion that I was quitting Facebook and maybe I would delete all of my bookmarked blogs too. Not because anything drastic happened. .


Business Book Humiliations

By Sally Haldorson, published August 3, 2010, at 1:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Penguin's Portfolio imprint specializes in business books, and their Portfolio Javelin blog ("Business, Business Books, and the Business of Books") is a great read for any of us business book geeks. Yesterday, Will Weisser, Vice President and Associate Editor of Portfolio, wrote an entry inspired by a post in the Guardian's blog in which the author, Robert McCrum, confessed, despite his education and exposure to great books, that he had never read Middlemarch by George Eliot (if you too have not read Middlemarch, I highly recommend remedying that this summer--it's one of my favorites. ) McCrum then invites readers to share their book humiliations by listing the books that they regret never having read.


The Keen Thinker (Vol. 7)

By Sally Haldorson, published July 27, 2010, at 2:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Our new mid-summer edition of The Keen Thinker is now available. Want to enter your book(s) into our Annual Business Book Awards contest? Want to win a copy of marketing guru, John Moore's, business book in screenplay form?


Win some free Tough Love

By Sally Haldorson, published July 21, 2010, at 6:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We've got a SPECIAL OFFER this week on inBubbleWrap! Free TOUGH LOVE! John Moore is a man who knows his stuff.


Being Wrong: a New inBubbleWrap offer!

By Sally Haldorson, published June 22, 2010, at 6:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Can a doggedly-researched book that relays the historical lineage of error, attempts to uncover the truth beneath truth, and even discusses something as impenetrable as "The Optimistic Meta-Induction from the History of Everything," be charming, accessible and eminently readable? Apparently so because Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz is just that. Many of us remain uncomfortable with being wrong, in admitting that time and experience won't necessarily prevent us from buying that lemon of a car or hiring the wrong person or adding yet another self-help book to our shelves that will teach us how to stop making the same mistakes.


Do You TED?

By Sally Haldorson, published June 14, 2010, at 3:24 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Cruising Twitter this morning, I read a quick mention of a talk on TED ("TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On TED. com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free.


An inBubbleControversy?

By Sally Haldorson, published May 13, 2010, at 4:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

After I posted my new inBubbleWrap article and giveaway last week, a friend commented with a link to a This American Life story which looked into the validity of Steve Poizner's written account of his time at Mount Pleasant, the high school where he, a successful Silicon Valley business man, volunteered to teach for a year in the early 2000's. The accusation against Poizner is that he greatly exaggerated just how downtrodden the school and its students really were. He describes the neighborhood as having "[y]ellowing, weedy gardens" and "driveways marred by large oil spots or broken down cars," the school itself as "painted a surly brown" with "a big portal onto the campus.


"A fine commute accompaniment."

By Sally Haldorson, published May 3, 2010, at 2:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Every month, Penguin/Portfolio posts a new free podcast that you can download from iTunes or listen to on their site called The Business Beat. It was exciting news to hear that The Business Beat was featured in USA TODAY’s “Watch, Listen and Read” column today--it’s on 6B of the Money section, if you have a paper copy on hand--, not only because we love the work that Portfolio does with its business books, but because at the end of every program, Jack reviews a classic business book in his Just Jack! section.


Don't know much about history

By Sally Haldorson, published April 6, 2010, at 7:24 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I catch most of my news in quick bursts via NPR while driving around town. Twice last week, I found myself listening an interview with Corby Kummer, who recently wrote an article for The Atlantic about Wal-Mart's new focus on selling local foods in its food markets. As usual, Wal-Mart sees a market rich with possibility and it is about to jump in--and probably change said market entirely.

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Business in Fiction - The Unincorporated Man

By Sally Haldorson, published March 29, 2010, at 8:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Incorporated? 300 years in the future, companies and businesses run everything on a ‘more personal level. ’ Every single person alive is their own 'corporation'.