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A Case Study: A Business Literacy Transformation

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 12, 2006, at 7:28 PM in News & Opinion

Joe and I are owners of a consulting firm called the Business Literacy Institute. We work with mostly large companies, providing business literacy consulting and training products and services. All of our work is customized, so every program we deliver is different.


Why Do We Need ANOTHER Finance Book?

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 12, 2006, at 6:26 PM in News & Opinion

So, why did we write this book? There are a few reasons, but first and foremost, because we are true believers in what we call business literacy. We believe that everyone in organizations should understand how financial success is measured and how they make an impact.


Our Translation of Sarbanes Oxley

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 12, 2006, at 5:21 PM in News & Opinion

If you step back for a moment from the specifics of Sarbanes Oxley (fondly also known as Sarbox or just SOX) and look at the big picture, the goal of the law is financial transparency. Financial transparency is the exact opposite of what Enron, Worldcom and others did. They hid the actual performance of their company from the public.


The Hot Topic in Finance

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 12, 2006, at 4:00 PM in News & Opinion

Yes, there are "hip" and "hot" topics in finance, including the key numbers to watch when assessing public companies. And there has been an interesting transformation over the years regarding what numbers were "hot. " In the late 90's, 2000 and 2001, the key financial number everyone watched and talked about was EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization).


Financial Intelligence -- Good Morning

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 12, 2006, at 2:50 PM in News & Opinion

Good morning to everyone. First, wed like to say thank you to Jack and Todd at 800-CEO-READ for asking us to host the blog today. As the authors of Financial Intelligence, A Managers Guide to Knowing What the Numbers Really Mean, we are excited to share with you more information about financial intelligence and about creating a financially transparent organization.


Follow-up to "Read the Number"

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 10, 2006, at 6:20 PM in News & Opinion

Yesterday, Todd encouraged you to read The Number. Last week, Jack posted his review of it. And it's not just us that are recommending the book.


This Week - 1/9/06

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 9, 2006, at 5:08 PM in News & Opinion

Good morning and welcome to a new week. There has been a plague moving through the office and I have become the latest victim. Ugh.


Chapter One of The Battle For The Soul of Capitalism

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 13, 2005, at 8:31 PM in News & Opinion

I just got done posting the first chapter to The Battle For The Soul of Capitalism by John Bogle. Tom Ehrenfeld told me the book was good and that I should check it out. After reading through the first chapter, I am hooked.


The Soul of Capitalism: John Bogle Interview

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 9, 2005, at 4:10 PM in News & Opinion

One of my favorite books this year is The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism: How the financial system undermined social ideals, damaged trust in the markets, robbed investors of millions—and what to do about it by John C. “Jack” Bogle, the founder of Vanguard (i. e.


The Little Book That Beats the Market

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 9, 2005, at 8:13 PM in News & Opinion

A new book is due out November 11 called The Little Book That Beats the Market. While I have not yet checked out this book, the name reminds me of an old childhood tale -- The Little Engine that Could. The book itself may not necessarily "beat the market", but according to today's review in the WSJ (front page of Money & Investing) it will help you beat the market by becoming a better investor.


FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book Award Finalists

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 20, 2005, at 1:37 PM in News & Opinion

This morning, they announced the finalists for The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of The Year Award. The finalists are: The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote The Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture by John Battelle (Portfolio) The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Globalized World in the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (William Morrow) Fast Second: How Smart Companies Bypass Radical Innovation to Enter and Dominate New Markets by Constantinos Markides and Paul Geroski (Jossey Bass) The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Econonmist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade by Pietra Rivoli (Wiley) DisneyWar: Battle for the Magic Kingdom by James Stewart (Simon & Schuster) Each finalist receives £5000 (~$9000) and the winner will receive £30000 (~$54,000). The overall winner will be announced Monday, November 21st.


Publishers Push in the Blogosphere

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 20, 2005, at 2:33 PM in News & Opinion

This article from the The Book Standard attributes bloggers and their reviews to the success of Freakonomics. I will tell you that I track certain titles to see what people are saying and the level of conversation with Freakonomics was on par with Blink when it first came out. If you were one who got a copy from William Morrow, leave a comment.