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Management of the Absurd

By Dylan Schleicher, published January 20, 2005, at 11:05 PM in News & Opinion

Since Im on a real book kick today, let me tell you about one of my favorites on organizational change, leadership, and human behavior: Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson. My copy is yellowed from age, and the pages are dog-eared from repeated use. Farsons paradoxes in leadership take the wind out of slick management fads and slogan-based leadership.

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Fortune runs excerpt of Your'e In Charge - Now What?

By Dylan Schleicher, published January 18, 2005, at 1:25 PM in News & Opinion

In the January 24th issue, Fortune is running an excerpt from You're In Charge - Now What? : The 8 Point Plan by Thomas Neff and James Citrin. The 8 Rules for the first 100 days include: Listen Resist the savior syndrome Keep it simple Hit pause Look for quick wins Spell it out Don't dis your predecessor Give feedback It looks like a good book for someone taking on a new role.

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Life & Business

By Dylan Schleicher, published December 14, 2004, at 12:57 PM in News & Opinion

It's not, strictly speaking, a business book, but the best book I've read this fall is Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx. The subtitle of this touching 177-page volume is "a football star, a boy, a journey to manhood. " But you don't have to care about football to enjoy Season of Life, which is, in essence, about leadership.

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Worthwhile Business Books

By Dylan Schleicher, published December 7, 2004, at 3:04 PM in News & Opinion

I picked up a copy of the new Worthwhile magazine. Multiple bloggers (Curt and Halley) associated with the magazine report that sales are very good on the permiere issue . My personal effort to get a copy required calls to three bookstores in the Milwaukee area.

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Looking for Inspiration

By Dylan Schleicher, published November 10, 2004, at 10:53 PM in News & Opinion

There are two new titles in the "Learned Lessons from Famous People" genre of business books. The first is Lee & Grant: Profile in Leadership from the Battlefields of Virginia by Major Charles Bowery. Bowery draws heavily on the lives of these two Civil War generals.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Transparent Leader

By Dylan Schleicher, published November 2, 2004, at 6:45 PM in News & Opinion

Book: The Transparent Leader Authors: Herb Baum (CEO, Dial Corporation) Reviewer: johnmoore (from the Brand Autopsy blog) As a Transparent Book Reviewer, Im gonna communicate openly, honestly, and clearly with you. I highly recommend Herb Baums The Transparent Leader. I recommend it because Herb breaks down what it takes for a company, a leader, and an employee to be transparent.

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Jonathan Tisch thoughts on leadership

By Jack, published October 26, 2004, at 6:40 PM in News & Opinion

Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loes Hotels and author of our best selling book The Power of We: Succeeding Through Partnerships, wrote Managers Journal column in Tuesday October 26, 2004 Wall Street Journal. He concludes by saying: Raising a generation of We managers will require a serious ethical reorientation on the part of businesses, colleges and universities.

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One more thing

By Dylan Schleicher, published October 26, 2004, at 6:34 PM in News & Opinion

In the WSJ book review today, they also talk about The Transparent Leader by Herb Baum, CEO of Dial Corporation. A little birdie told me that we are going to have a review of this book next week. Stay tuned.

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Wall Street Journal agrees with me

By Jack, published October 26, 2004, at 2:51 PM in News & Opinion

In Tuesday's WSJ they reviewed Bad Leadership By Barbara Kellerman and say it is "elegantly written and a pleasure to read" [sub. needed]. That is something you don't often see in describing a business book.

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Nice Things

By Dylan Schleicher, published August 9, 2004, at 2:54 PM in News & Opinion

Jim Stroup, author of Managing Leadership, says some nice things about us. You can check out his profile in the 800-CEO-READer.

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Great book coming this Fall

By Jack, published July 28, 2004, at 6:18 PM in News & Opinion

Folks, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan have done it again. First they wrote Execution which was and still is a huge best seller. Now they have written Confronting Reality and it is also brilliant.

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Not So Good

By Dylan Schleicher, published July 1, 2004, at 12:42 PM in News & Opinion

At 800-CEO-READ, we see a lot of books. We don't hesitate to talk about the good ones. The trick is what to do about the others.