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This Week - 9/26/05

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 26, 2005, at 4:38 PM in News & Opinion

Kate and Jack have been minding the store for the last two weeks, as I spent some time at home helping adjust to the new addition to the family. It is good to be back. We are really getting into the full swing of the fall season.

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From the Cutting Room Floor...

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 12, 2005, at 3:33 PM in News & Opinion

Ten Precepts From The Art of War That Never Made It Past Sun Tzu's Editor.

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Running a Marathon

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 6, 2005, at 1:47 PM in News & Opinion

This is from the Jeff Immelt interview in Fast Company this month: What have you learned so far in the job? One of the things Jack said every on that I think is totally right is: It's a marathon. It's not a sprint.

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Tom Peters Essentials

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 17, 2005, at 9:28 PM in News & Opinion

Tom Peters and DK have taken his most recent book Re-Imagine and broken it into four smaller topic-related books. They are called the Tom Peters Essentials Series. They include: Talent: develop it, sell it, be it Leadership: inspire, liberate, achieve Design: innovate, differentiate, communicate Trends: recognize, analyze, capitalize I like the series.

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Forbes Looks At Two Leadership Books

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 24, 2005, at 1:31 PM in News & Opinion

Rich Karlgaard of Forbes writes about Winning (great tips, but didn't move him) and Wooden on Leadership (loved it).

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Books People Like

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 11, 2005, at 4:46 PM in News & Opinion

Rob May likes Brand Hijack. John Moore likes The One Thing You Need To You. Mary Trigiani likes Blue Ocean Strategy.

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Armand V. Feigenbaum & Donald S. Feigenbaum's Thoughts on "What Quality Means Today"

By Jack, published January 27, 2005, at 4:15 PM in News & Opinion

In my twenty one years of working in publishing and specifically business books, I have seen many trends come along. The one that really connected with me was the Quality movement. It made the most sense because it really was about the customer experience.

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Management of the Absurd

By 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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.