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Hot Spots spark innovation

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 28, 2007, at 1:58 PM in Staff Picks

A few days ago we posted an excerpt from the book Ignited. Here's an excerpt from a February Financial Times article that reviewed Lynda Gratton's new book, Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, And Organizations Buzz With Energy - And Others Don't, another "hot" title this spring: But, if you are lucky, you may also spot the occasional flash of orange or red. These are "hot spots" - "a moment when people are working together in exceptionally creative and collaborative ways .


Leading For Growth: A Review, Part II

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2007, at 1:44 PM in News & Opinion

I'm going to build off Todd's review of Leading for Growth. I heard about it months ago from its publisher and started reading it on my train ride down to Chicago the other day. Co-author Ray Davis has helped take Umpqua Bank (based in Oregon) into the limelight; I'm sure you've heard of the bank from a number of Fast Company mentions.


Zoom Zoom Zoom

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 11, 2006, at 5:47 PM in News & Opinion

Toyota is everywhere. There is a great article written in Fast Company this month by (of course) Charles Fishman called No Satisfaction. We have a great ChangeThis manifesto by Matt May called Elegant Solutions.


Richard Florida is blogging

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 13, 2006, at 3:10 PM in News & Opinion

Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class and Flight of the Creative Class, is blogging at The Creativity Exchange.


More From The Elegant Solution

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 31, 2006, at 5:38 PM in Jack Covert Selects

I just like The Elegant Solution alot. You are going to see a Jack Covert Selects on it this month. This morning, I posted a podcast that I did with Matt a couple of weeks ago.


Bill Taylor Interview from

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 26, 2006, at 4:00 PM in News & Opinion

I wanted to repost the great interview that our friends at OnMilwaukee. com did with Bill Taylor. They wrote this leading up to the live event we had two weeks ago.


Guy K's Q&A with Poll(a)y

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 9, 2006, at 5:43 PM in News & Opinion

Guy Kawasaki has Ten Questions with Polly LaBarre, co-author of Mavericks At Work. My favorite is: Question: How does gender play into maverick-dom? Answer: Some of the most powerfully inspiring and effective mavericks we know are women.


It's All Magic

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 3, 2006, at 2:37 PM in News & Opinion

That sometimes what business feels like. Two books this fall are using magic as the means to deliver their message. Andy Cohen, new author, ad exectuive and expert magician, has written Follow The Other Hand: A Remarkable Fable That Will Energize Your Business, Profits, and Life.


An Elegant Book

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 2, 2006, at 10:05 PM in News & Opinion

I am 100 pages into The Elegant Solution by Matthew May. I just like this book. I like the message.


Books on Blogs - 9/12/06

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2006, at 3:36 PM in News & Opinion

If you read the blogs that I do, here are the books you would have seen mentioned over the last week or two: Curt at The Occupational Adventure is reading Energy Addict: 101 Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life by Jon Gordon. He says he is adding it to the list of book he regularly recommends to clients. Paul at the Idea Sandbox talks through the six factors that made Walt Disney successful.


Listening to S***

By Jack, published August 9, 2006, at 3:14 PM in News & Opinion

A while ago the WSJ had an article about John Hammond. For you non-music folks John Hammond literally discovered some of the greatest talents of the twentieth century. Little known people like Billy Holiday, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan.


Get Back In The Box - Rushkoff on other books

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 4, 2006, at 1:29 PM in News & Opinion

This is the final post in a series on Doug Rushkoff's Get Back In the Box. In my last installment, I thought I would highlight his mention of other business books. Rushkoff has no hesitation about calling people out.