Leadership & Strategy

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LeaveSmarter with Jonathan Byrnes

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 22, 2010, at 8:05 PM in New Releases

We were thrilled to have Jonathan L. S. Byrnes, author of Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink, in Milwaukee yesterday to speak at our latest LeaveSmarter* event, held on the third floor of the breathtaking Grohmann Museum.

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By 800-CEO-READ, published July 1, 2010, at 5:09 PM in News & Opinion

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around a lot in business and business writing, but in can be hard to catch—to understand and implement—in your daily operations. It's like a knuckle ball. .


The Doorbell is Dead: A Guest Post from Ed Muzio

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2010, at 2:00 PM in Excerpts

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear, nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life .

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TIME's Person of the Year - In Fed We Trust

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 17, 2009, at 11:10 PM in News & Opinion

Time magazine has picked its person of the year, beginning their description of him thus: A bald man with a gray beard and tired eyes is sitting in his oversize Washington office, talking about the economy. Hooked yet? Try this: He's shy .


What's Your Next Move?

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2009, at 3:05 PM in News & Opinion

Whether you're going for that promotion, looking to jump ship, or change careers entirely, Michael Watkins' Your Next Move is a book you'll want to read. Any career change is a major event, and this is the kind of book that will prepare you for any kind of move, from dealing with exiting techniques, to international moves, to turnarounds, to working with new groups of people (who may, in fact, be ex-peers you are now supervising). This is a well-written, personal, and to-the-point guide that covers a lot of ground in a short time.


Show Chaos Who's Boss

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2009, at 12:51 PM in Jack Covert Selects

Last month, Jeremy Gutsche's exciting book, Exploiting Chaos launched. I had a chance to pick it up after reading the Jack Covert Selects post on it, and was pretty blown away. And today it makes a stop at our blog as it travels on the Virtual Book Tour.


Strategic Thinking Month

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 15, 2009, at 8:59 PM in News & Opinion

Headed by Josh Leibner, Gershon Mader, and Alan Weiss, authors of The Power of Strategic Commitment, September marks a time to re-evaluate strategy. In their book, the authors detail a variety of ways to align people around a mission, idea, or business. Commitment is the reason systems like SixSigma, the HP Way, etc.


Leading by Example

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 25, 2009, at 8:35 PM in News & Opinion

Alan Deutschman's forthcoming book, Walk the Walk, begins by giving examples of historical leaders who not only talked a good talk, but who also practiced what they preached. The point is strong, and from there, Deutschman delves into business leaders who have followed the same practice, with incredible results. In the case of both historical and business leaders, surprises occur - results happen that don't appear to make sense on the surface ( for example, MLK Jr.


800-CEO-READ Podcast with Jeffrey Ford, co-author of The Four Conversations

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 21, 2009, at 5:35 PM in Jack Covert Selects

I recently talked with Jeffrey Ford, co-author with Laurie Ford of The Four Conversations: Daily Communication That Gets Results. The Fords believe that conversation can be broken down into four categories. In the podcast, we talk about each type of conversation and the right time to use them.


What Arrived In My Mailbox Today

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 18, 2009, at 2:46 PM in News & Opinion

I just received The Essential Bennis in the mail and the book is incredible. The collection displays the breadth and depth of Warren Bennis' work. Just to give you a flavor here is one of the closing paragraphs from an essay titled "Winning and Losing," where Bennis explains why business as sport is a poor metaphor.


BusinessWeek's Summer Reading '09

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 29, 2009, at 12:46 AM in News & Opinion

We know summer is already starting to wane, but we haven't linked to Business Week's recommending reading for the season. Having recommended quite of few of these, we think this is a great list. Rubies in the Orchard by Lynda Resnick with Francis Wilkinson Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: Managing in a Downturn by Ram Charan The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.


"[A]ll of us read too many business books."

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 26, 2009, at 1:56 PM in News & Opinion

Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman of Wal-Mart Stores was the subject of the Corner Office column in Sunday's New York Times. The question that caught our attention was: Q. So you find that people make business more complicated than it is?