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Jack Covert Selects - The Most Effective Organization

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 22, 2001, at 7:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Most Effective Organization in the U. S. : Leadership Secrets of the Salvation Army by Robert A.

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Jack Covert Selects - Red Zone Management

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 1, 2001, at 7:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Red Zone Management: Changing the Rules for Pivotal Times by Dutch Holland, Dearborn Trade Publishing, 240 Pages, $25. 00 Hardcover, October 2001, ISBN 0793142466 Weve all heard sports analogies used (and overused) in a business context. The balls in your court; three strikes and youre out; batting a thousand, even Punt!

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Jack Covert Selects - Good to Great

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 22, 2001, at 6:50 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the LeapAnd Others Dont by Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, 400 Pages, $30. 00 Hardcover, October 2001, ISBN 0066620996 Seven years ago, Jerry Porras and Jim Collins published the bestselling classic, Built to Last, which demolished a couple of deeply entrenched myths like this one: great companies start with a great product and/or a great leader. After completing that book, Jim Collins was nagged by the lingering question that he had been pondering since before Built to Last: are there any mediocre companies that became great?

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Jack Covert Selects - The Agenda

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 19, 2001, at 6:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade by Michael Hammer, Crown Business, 250 Pages, $27. 50 Hardcover, October 2001, ISBN 0609609661 Michael Hammers biggest book, written alongside Jim Champy, was called Reengineering the Corporation, one of the best-selling business books of the 90s. Hammer has written other books since, but this one, The Agenda, is by far the best thing he has done in 10 years.

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Jack Covert Selects - Getting the Bugs Out

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 9, 2001, at 6:49 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall, and Comeback of Volkswagen in America by David Kiley, John Wiley and Sons, 280 Pages, $27. 95 Hardcover, November 2001, ISBN 0471403938 Before discussing this book, I must make a confession. In fact, I need to make two confessions.

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Jack Covert Selects - Big Brands Big Trouble

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2001, at 6:47 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Big Brands Big Trouble: Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Jack Trout, John Wiley and Sons, 195 Pages, $24. 95 Hardcover, October 2001, ISBN 0471414328 Jack Trout has co-written some of the classic marketing titles, such as Marketing Warfare and Positioning, and the fantastically titled, Differentiate or Die. His new book is a fun read about failure.

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Jack Covert Selects - Service America in the New Economy

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2001, at 7:27 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Service America in the New Economy by Karl Albrecht and Ron Zemke, McGraw Hill, 280 Pages, $24. 95 Hardcover, September 2001, ISBN 0071377220 Last year, BusinessWeek asked me to create a reading list of business books that I considered important. You can check out the list at http://www.

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Jack Covert Selects - Leading Up

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2001, at 7:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss so You Both Win by Michael Useem, Crown Business, 300 Pages, $25. 95, October 2001, ISBN 0812933109 If I were asked to sum up Michael Useems writing, I would say: This guy can really tell a story. His previous book, The Leadership Moment, was a very well-written book telling stories about real-life people caught in a moment of crisis and how they came through that crisis, successfully or unsuccessfully.

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Jack Covert Selects - Leadership Ensemble

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2001, at 7:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the Worlds Only Conductorless Orchestra by Harvey Seifter and Peter Economy, Times Books, 200 Pages, $25. 00 Hardcover, September 2001, ISBN 0805066926 As a music junkie, I have known about the Orpheus Chamber Orchestras unique method of performing for quite some time. What sets the Orpheus apart is that they employ no conductor.

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Jack Covert Selects - Insights for the Journey

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2001, at 7:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Insights for the Journey: Navigating to Thrive, Enjoy, and Prosper in Senior Management by John Lucht, Viceroy Press, 98 Pages, $19. 95 Hardcover, July 2001, ISBN 0942785312 I consider myself a fairly top-notch sales guy, but then I met John Lucht and realized I was kidding myself. This guy is a world-class, industrial-strength pro.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Myth of Excellence

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 6, 2001, at 7:20 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Myth of Excellence: Why Great Companies Never Try to be the Best at Everything by Fred Crawford & Ryan Mathews, Crown Business, 240 Pages, $27. 50 Hardcover, July 2001, ISBN 0609608207 Around ten years ago, a very good book came out called: The Discipline of Market Leaders. The authors, Treacy and Wiersema, declared that no company could succeed if they were trying to be all things to all people.

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Jack Covert Selects - Stuck at the Airport

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 6, 2001, at 6:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Stuck at the Airport: A Travelers Survival Guide by Harriet Baskas, Fireside Books, 275 Pages, $13. 00 Paperback, June 2001, ISBN 0743205391 Harriet Baskas is often heard on NPR speaking knowledgeably about travel, and here, in Stuck at the Airport, she has written the perfect book for the friends of Jack Covert Selects. This little treasure will find an immediate place in your briefcase next to your PDA and cell phone.