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Chicago Sun-Times reviews "Apples are Square"

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 13, 2007, at 2:45 PM in Staff Picks

Jack sent me a link to this book review published in the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday. "Polishing up on leadership qualities: Insightful read outlines values needed to succeed today" by John A. Challenger In Apples are Square: Thinking Differently about Leadership Susan and Thomas Kuczmarski contend that, aside from sincere efforts made some companies, we haven't learned our proverbial lesson after Enron.

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Being a Servant

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 26, 2007, at 10:47 PM in News & Opinion

Let me begin with our office setting: If you haven't heard about our work environment (or have yet to stop by and say hi), here's an introduction. The building we have been in for the last 10 years is an old pantyhose and make-up factory warehouse. The space is large, wide-open, and undivided by cube walls.

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A True (North) Debate

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 3, 2007, at 4:51 PM in Jack Covert Selects

Yesterday morning, our del. icio. us links featured The New York Times' review of True North.

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Leading For Growth: A Review

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 21, 2007, at 5:35 PM in News & Opinion

Authors Ray Davis and Alan Shrader did all the right things to pull me into Leading For Growth. Now, let's talk a bit about the book itself. Davis came to Umpqua Bank from a consulting practice where he saw nothing but the same in the banking industry.

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The Leader "Incubator"

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 1, 2007, at 8:23 PM in News & Opinion

In college I studied entrepreneurship. Some hiring heads would occasionally rumor that companies would look down upon an entrepreneurship major; they'd see it as a threat or immediately put you into the "will-leave-quickly" category. That logic always struck me as funny and short-sighted.

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Dead Kings and Queens

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 19, 2007, at 6:11 PM in News & Opinion

I watched the CNBC Business Excellence Awards the other night. I know some of you are going to say I need to find a hobby, but I would not have been able to bring you this little nugget. Sallie Krawcheck of Citigroup was named Business Leader of The Future.

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Susan Quandt at Mequon Schwartz Bookshops

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 22, 2007, at 10:50 PM in News & Opinion

This is for the Milwaukee area residences in our audience. Local business book author Susan Quandt is doing a talk the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop in Mequon.

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Michael Lewis Channels The Wisdom of Bill Purcells

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 30, 2006, at 5:16 PM in News & Opinion

For folks like me who still consider Michael Lewiss Moneyball one of the top five books ever written on developing talent, his new book screams for my reading time. And in the meantime, how about this great quote taken from Lewiss article What Keeps Bill Parcells Awake At Night (This appeared yesterday in the new New York Times Sunday sports magazine, titled Play): At halftime theres no chance for a speech several of the Cowboys reappear on the field four minutes after they left but Parcells has taken precautions. This morning, before the game, he called a meeting of the players without the assistant coaches.

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Carly Fiorina and Tough Choices

By Jack, published October 5, 2006, at 2:18 PM in News & Opinion

Todays New York Times reports that they have gotten and read Carly Fiorinas new book called Tough Choices a little less than a week before it was to be released. The Times says that she had ordered an investigation into board leaks in January 2005. She will be on 60 Minutes this Sunday.

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Lead on

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 14, 2006, at 5:37 PM in News & Opinion

There are many good and valid ways to lead; three people, given the same job, can certainly succeed even if they have differing management styles and philosophies. Natural tendencies can also be influenced and accentuated, revealed or hiddena degree here, two degrees theredepending on the circumstances. But when you plan viable legacies, your goal is to align your intent with your instincts as closely as possible.

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Patrick Lencioni and the NFL

By Jack, published September 14, 2006, at 3:36 PM in News & Opinion

From September 14, 2006 Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: "Packers coach Mike McCarthy and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton have at least two things in common. They are the same age (42) and until this season have never been a head football coach on any level. McCarthy enjoyed a successful run as the offensive coordinator of the Saints from 2000-'04, after leaving Green Bay after one season as quarterbacks coach in 1999.

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Business Books: Fall 2006 Preview

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 31, 2006, at 3:45 PM in New Releases

I am starting to get asked what the big books for the fall are, so I thought I should get a list up here. As always, there is something for everyone. September A Leader's Legacy by James Kouzes and Barry Posner (Jossey-Bass) - This is a follow-on to the best-seller The Leadership Challenge; alot of people like Kouzes and Posner's take on leadership.