Current Events & Public Affairs



By Jack, published May 1, 2007, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

In Michael Lewis' brilliant book Moneyball, he tells the story of Billy Beane the GM from the Oakland Athletics. Beane is asked to present to Major League Baseball the reason his organization has been so successful with no little money spent on big name, quality baseball players. His first PowerPoint slide said.


Market Inefficiencies

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2007, at 6:38 PM in News & Opinion

I have been walking around with a October issue of Fortune in my bag for months. There is a special section in the 10/30/06 edition called Secrets of Greatness. The Q&A with Michael Lewis is what has kept in my bag.


Daily Dose of The Executive Almanac Part 5

By Jack, published January 15, 2007, at 3:25 PM in News & Opinion

Today's Dose of The Executive Almanac: How to Deal with White-Collar Crime "In September 2004, the Chinese government executed four bank executives for fraud totaling $15 million. The two banks involved were state-owned entities. Wang Liming, an accounting officer at China Construction Bank, was put to death, along with an accomplice, Miao Ping, for stealing 20 million yuan (about $2.


Economics and Minimum Wage

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 2, 2006, at 2:02 PM in Jack Covert Selects

David Henderson, author of Making Great Decisions In Business and Life, had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. It's titled If Only Most Americans Understood [sub. needed].


Truth and Fiction in the Business World

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 28, 2006, at 1:02 PM in News & Opinion

Fortune has a blurb on two books in their Business Life section (pg 190, 7/31/2006). They recommend The Futurist by James Othmer. Dan Pink was telling me about this book at BEA back in May.


Watching the Bestseller Lists

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 21, 2006, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

It is very interesting to look at this week's Wall Street Journal bestseller list [sub. needed]. There are three entries on the business list outside of the regulars.

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Freakonomics Cover Art

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 16, 2006, at 2:57 PM in News & Opinion

I ran across this great site for book cover art. I saw the Freakonomics cover and decided to pull a couple other version for your enjoyment.


C-Level Books

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 16, 2006, at 6:03 PM in News & Opinion

I talk to lots of authors who tell me that their books are written for the chief executive officer. I often think it would would be nice if somebody took the time to talk to the others in the executive suite. Somebody must have been listening.


Economics Literacy

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 12, 2006, at 6:08 PM in News & Opinion

Don Moyer of thoughtformdesign writes a piece for the last page of Harvard Business Review every month. He uses graphic design to illustrate a simple business lesson. I think it is pretty cool.


Long Tail Cover

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 27, 2006, at 2:08 PM in News & Opinion

Chris Anderson put the cover art to The Long Tail up on his blog last week. We have galleys now and are reading it. The book comes out July 11th.


Finance Tools

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 28, 2006, at 4:00 PM in News & Opinion

Rob Norton (former executive editor for Fortune) wrote an article in Strategy+Business on the art of finance (registration required). Describing today's finance world as being full of measurements and assessments, he suggests these seven resources for learning more: Against the Gods by Peter L.


Being young and dealing with money

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2006, at 5:14 PM in News & Opinion

BusinessWeek's last issue featured two new books out about the young people in America and their money flow: Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30- Somethings Can't Get Ahead by Tamara Draut Generation Debt: Why Now is a Terrible Time to be Young by Anya Kamenetz The article "Up Against It at 25" describes the books as "similar economic jeremiads, although Kamenetz is the better writer and Draut the more knowing policy maven. " What is it about America's 20- and 30- somethings that make them so strapped? "Flawed government policies that have forced many students to borrow huge sums for college", less traditional workplace benefits and "an older generation of self-satisfied baby boomers [that] will soon begin retiring, sucking up government resources.