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New book out: Crucibles of Leadership

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 11, 2008, at 3:44 PM in Staff Picks

Crucibles of Leadership: How to Learn from Experience to Become a Great Leader, by Robert J. Thomas, is out from Harvard Business School Press this month. Thomas's premise is that what matters most is what one makes of experience--particularly, the traumatic and often unplanned crucible events that challenge one's identity as a leader.

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Excerpt from Leadership Brand - 2 of 2

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 20, 2008, at 1:53 PM in News & Opinion

The following is the second of two excerpts from the book Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Drive Performance and Build Lasting Value by Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood. Leadership Brand details the authors' six-step process to leadership brand--"a shared identity among your organization's leaders that differentiates what they can do from what your rivals' leaders can do. " This second excerpt focuses on the process of training.

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Excerpt from Leadership Brand - 1 of 2

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 19, 2008, at 5:25 PM in News & Opinion

The following is an excerpt from the book Leadership Brand: Developing Customer-Focused Leaders to Drive Performance and Build Lasting Value by Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood. Leadership Brand was published last September and has been on our best seller list several times. The book is the authors' six-step process to leadership brand--"a shared identity among your organization's leaders that differentiates what they can do from what your rivals' leaders can do.

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Giving: Book Excerpt

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 4, 2008, at 9:29 PM in News & Opinion

Just a little thought on a gloomy day, "How can I make a difference in the world? " Surely not an easy question to get answered, but Bill Clinton's new book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World talks about his feelings on this and what we can all do to make a difference bit by bit. What if you want to give something useful that you don't presently own or you have things of value but they have no evident charitable use?

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Sleeping On the Job

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 30, 2008, at 9:47 PM in News & Opinion

I came across a book called The Eight Constants of Change by Stacy Aaron and Kate Nelson on my desk today and was reading a bit of it to myself during lunch and came across this little story: A Real Life Example A president of a mid-size company began work 18 months ago to define how his new, more complex organization needed to operate. Month after month, he stood in staff meetings and pronounced emphatically that the new, more complex organization would mean that everyone would have to play at a higher level. Leadership demanded excellence from every single employee.

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Three Leadership Experts on Dealing With Internal Trouble

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 21, 2007, at 3:19 PM in News & Opinion

Hidden inside Fortune's 2008 Investor's Guide is a one page article titled "The Three Minute Manager: Lessons In Leadership. " They interview Bill George (True North), Noel Tichy (Judgment) and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld (Firing Back) and each was asked questions around the problem: "What do you do if you discover a huge loss at your company? " There is no link on the Fortune's site to the piece, so I can only give you the choicest words from each authority: Sonnenfeld on your first move: "First you want to figure out the entirety of the problem so you don't lose credibility coming out with more and more bad news.

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Ahoy Matey!

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 19, 2007, at 8:15 PM in News & Opinion

Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some you expect great information out of and they never deliver and others may look like they wouldn't be even worth the time to open the cover. This paperback from Corner Stone press, may not win any Pulitzer prizes or teach anyone something they don't already think they know.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.