Leadership & Strategy


Essay from the author of The Taboos of Leadership

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 30, 2007, at 12:43 PM in News & Opinion

Today we're happy to host an essay by Dr. Anthony F. Smith, author of The Taboos of Leadership, a book that "reveals the rarely discussed realities of leadership--the secrets that leaders just cannot admit to publicly for fear of losing power, self-respect, or even their jobs.


Tomorrow: Bosses' Day

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 15, 2007, at 3:39 PM in News & Opinion

Tomorrow's Bosses' Day. The level of enthusiasm for this Hallmark holiday varies from employee to employee -- I know folks who go so far as to buy their boss custom gift baskets to those who begrudgingly buy the boss a card from the corner store. Whatever your level of enthusiasm, the core of the day's mission is admirable -- that of showing appreciation.


Business Books on Monday Night Football

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 11, 2007, at 3:05 AM in News & Opinion

[ESPN Monday Night Football Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Transcript starting at 9:10 Central Time] Mike Tirico: Here's Michelle Tafoya. Michelle Tafoya: Well, let's talk about captains for a minute.


Five Business Book Classics - The Essay

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 8, 2007, at 3:24 PM in News & Opinion

I wrote a piece for the July/August issue of Corporate Dealmaker. The magazine did eight pages on business books and their impact on the M&A industry. Here is my contribution where I discuss books that should be on every executive's reading list: And Don't Forget The Classics There are M&A books, and there are business books that should be required reading for every executive.


Fall preview: Giving Notice by Freada Kapor Klein

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 6, 2007, at 3:20 PM in News & Opinion

We've had a steady flow of advanced copies of fall books. I thought I would go through a few of them, this week, and give you a preview of what's coming. Below is part of a press release that accompanied the book Giving Notice: Why the Best and the Brightest Leave the Workplace and HOW YOU CAN HELP THEM STAY by Freada Kapor Klein, coming out in October.


A New Season begins - August 2007 Books

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 3, 2007, at 2:39 PM in Jack Covert Selects

I know it is only a few of days into August, but we are starting to see and think about the fall. Jack is quoted today in a Bloomburg News story about Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly. He is a little more positive about the book than might be evident from the quote.


From Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines

By Jack, published July 17, 2007, at 2:07 PM in News & Opinion

I have seen brilliant entrepreneurial strategies falter as an organization grows and matures. Obviously, you manage a $25 billion company differently than you do a $25 million company. But you change your practices, not your principles.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.