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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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Prescience by the cup

By Sally Haldorson, published January 22, 2010, at 8:33 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In April of 2007, we published a manifesto on ChangeThis. com by John Moore, author of the book, Tribal Knowledge, and the blog, Brand Autopsy , who made his mark in the marketing world by creating, championing, and implementing marketing ideas and branding ideals for Whole Foods Market and Starbucks Coffee. Moore's manifesto, "What Must Starbucks Do?

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A New Newsletter

By Sally Haldorson, published January 19, 2010, at 8:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You may notice something new on the front page of our website (and if you don't, make sure to scroll down below The Daily Blog). There in the middle of the page you can opt in to receive our new (! ) email newsletter, The Keen Thinker.

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800-CEO-READ's Decade-in-Review

By Sally Haldorson, published December 31, 2009, at 9:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It's an admittedly worn device to use the alphabet to organize one's thoughts, but when reflecting over the past decade and trying to distill the most notable events and objects that affected our company and also the publishing industry and business sector into a brief blog post, I found such a device to be quite helpful. As Jack put it when we initially discussed writing a decade-in-review post, not only is it like opening a can of worms, it seems like whenever one harkens back to the Millenium, one can't help but get sidetracked into thoughts about 9/11. But of course there were many more ups and downs that we've all been a victim and/or a participant in, and this list is an attempt to do that chaos a little bit of justice.

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Customer Service is always the bottom line

By Sally Haldorson, published December 11, 2009, at 8:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Today, I was running a few minutes late on my way to work so instead of walking into one of my neighborhood's local coffee houses, I entered the Starbucks' drive-thru lane. And sat there. Drummed my fingers on my steering wheel.

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Bygones

By Sally Haldorson, published December 3, 2009, at 6:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I received a copy of Bas Bleu’s catalog via snailmail the other day. Bas Bleu (means “blue stocking,” the antiquated label used for an educated woman) is a specialty book and gift strictly mail-order company whose motto is: “Champion of the Odd Little Book…and your source for inspired gifts and accessories for readers. ” It surprised me to get this catalog since it seems like the days of hard copy catalogs are far behind us (JCPenney's just announced they will discontinue their Big Book).

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Work is work, but it’s better when done together

By Sally Haldorson, published November 24, 2009, at 7:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Skimming around Huffington Post during lunch, I found Jesse Kornbluth’s blog post on working with Twyla Tharp on her new book that came out today, The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together. Kornbluth recounts his time working with her on the book, offering us a tasty morsel of insight on what it was like to work with a genius of her ilk. One of Tharp’s earlier books, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, was included in the Innovation and Creativity chapter of our The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.

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TimesOnline Best of Decade List

By Sally Haldorson, published November 20, 2009, at 7:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Just yesterday, I already saw two “Best of the Decade” lists. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised as it is mid-November 2009, but for whatever reason, it seems the Millennium was just yesterday. One list was NPR.

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Barbara Ehrenreich in Milwaukee: November 4th, 2009

By Sally Haldorson, published November 3, 2009, at 8:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

If you are in Milwaukee on November 4th, we encourage you to attend Barbara Ehrenreich’s appearance at Alverno College’s Pittman Theater at 7pm. This event is co-sponsored by Boswell Books, a local independent bookstore owned and operated by the former buyer and general manager of the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops, our former sister company.

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Living the writing life...in Iowa

By Sally Haldorson, published July 29, 2009, at 2:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A lot of books come and go through our doors, and we spend a lot of time discussing the various merits of these books, but rarely do we talk about what is in between the covers. And I'm not talking about the idea. Because, yes, the idea is king; but an idea will only get you so far if the actual writing is unreadable.

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Fire The PITA Customer

By Sally Haldorson, published October 10, 2006, at 7:21 PM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives

We can all easily describe our Ideal Customer. The person who is curious, has money to spend, is open to new ideas, etc. Each of us has our own profile.

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It's All About Time

By Sally Haldorson, published October 10, 2006, at 7:10 PM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives

Ive never heard anyone say they had so much time in a day that they didnt know how to use it. We do have choices about how to spend our time. Heres the data Ive collected on cold calls: Make 100 dials, talk to 20 people live, set 8-10 appointments, and if youre lucky, close one deal.

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Please Say Thank You

By Sally Haldorson, published October 10, 2006, at 6:51 PM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives

Saying thank you seems so obvious, yet many people never make the effort. If someone has referred you, they have put their reputation on the line in saying that you are a good resource. They have picked you out of the pack for one of their personal contacts and have done him or her, and you, a big favor.