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Jack Covert Selects - Simplicity Marketing

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 5, 2000, at 6:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Simplicity Marketing: End Brand Complexity, Clutter and Confusion by Steven Cristol and Peter Sealey, The Free Press, 250 Pages, $26. 00 Hardcover, October 2000, ISBN 0684859181 About four months ago, as I was opening my third package of business books for publishers that day, I realized that if I was having problems keeping information about new business books straight, you guys had to just about given up trying to figure out what was new and important. What you are reading now is what came out of that insight.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Power of Gold

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 5, 2000, at 3:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession by Peter L. Bernstein, John Wiley & Sons, 380 Pages, $27. 95 Hardcover, September 2000, ISBN 0471252107 Peter Bernstein, the author of the non-fiction, best-selling Against the Gods, has written a book about gold.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Procrastinator's Handbook

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 2, 2000, at 6:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now by Rita Emmett, Walker & Company, 195 Pages, $10. 95 Paperback, September 2000, ISBN 0802775985 I think I have no more personal issue that my ability to procrastinate. I can find hundreds of things to do for days to avoid an expected unpleasant project.

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Jack Covert Selects - Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 1, 2000, at 5:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive: The Four Disciplines at the Heart of Making Any Organization World Class by Pat Lencioni, Jossey-Bass, 190 Pages, $20. 00 Hardcover, September 2000, ISBN 0787954039 Pat Lencioni, author of the 800-CEO-READ bestseller, The Five Temptations of a CEO, a book I really enjoyed, has written another terrific business fable. I love these concise stories that teach valuable lessons!

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Jack Covert Selects - Leading the Revolution

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 18, 2000, at 9:48 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Leading the Revolution by Gary Hamel, Harvard Business School Press, 340 pages, Hardcover $29. 95, August 2000, ISBN 1578511895 As a person who buys and sells business books, I am often asked how I pick the books I read and get excited about. I do it the same way a railbird at Churchill Downs chooses the Kentucky Derby winner: pedigree of the author, pedigree of the publisher, and content.

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Jack Covert Selects - Power Plays

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 5, 2000, at 4:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Power Plays: Shakespeare's Lessons on Leadership and Management by John O. Whitney & Tina Packer, Simon & Schuster Publisher, 330 Pages, $26. 00 Hardcover, August 2000, ISBN 0684868873 The July 31st 2000 Industry Standard has a rather scathing article about what the author calls "pop" business books.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Informant

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 4, 2000, at 6:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Informant: A True Story by Kurt Eichenbaum, Broadway Books, 520 Pages, Hardcover $26. 00 20% $20. 80, Late August 2000, 0767903269 Kurt Eichenbaum is the author of the best selling Serpent on the Rock, and has now written a true crime book that centers around one of the most misunderstood and mysterious Fortune 500 companies on earth: Archer Danials Midland.

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Jack Covert Selects - More Than a Motorcycle

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 3, 2000, at 5:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

More Than a Motorcycle: The Leadership Journey at Harley-Davidson by Rich Teerlink and Lee Ozley, Harvard Business School Press, 270 Pages, $24. 95 Hardcover, August 2000, ISBN 0875849504 During the past 18 years, I have sat in on many presentations from some very high-level consultants, such as Tom Peters and Ken Blanchard. During the obligatory Q&A sessions, the following statement is invariably made: "Those ideas sound great, butwe are a union shop," or "butwe have shareholders to think about," or "butwe can't take three years to implement something.

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Jack Covert Selects - Managing the Dream

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 2, 2000, at 4:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Managing the Dream: Reflections on Leadership and Change by Warren G. Bennis, Perseus Books, 320 Pages, Paperback $16. 00, August 2000, ISBN 0738203327 Warren Bennis has been around for 75 years and is one of the top ten futurists and leadership thinkers of the Twentieth Century.

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Jack Covert Selects - Achieving Success Through Social Capital

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 1, 2000, at 5:03 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Achieving Success Through Social Capital: Tapping Hidden Resources in Your Personal and Business Networks by Wayne E. Baker, Jossey Bass, 200 Pages, $25. 00 Hardcover, August 2000, ISBN 0787953091 Wayne Baker, the author of the very popular Networking Smart, has written another fascinating book about networking.

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Jack Covert Selects - Sandbox Wisdom

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 1, 2000, at 4:49 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Sandbox Wisdom: Revolutionize Your Brand with the Genius of Childhood by Tom Asacker, Eastside Publishing, 116 Pages, Hardcover $19. 95, March 2000, ISBN 0967752809 I got a copy of this book a couple of months ago, but can't remember who gave it to me. I wish I could remember, though, because this was an absolutely delightful fable, and I would love to tell he/she how much a enjoyed this book.

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Jack Covert Selects - eBoys

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 25, 2000, at 9:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work Randall E. Stross, Crown Business, 315 pages, $25. 95 Hardcover ISBN 0812930959 How can I lead off my inaugural list of important new books with anything but the book that saw fit to feature my comments on the jacket of the finished book?