Leadership & Strategy


Daily Drucker for April 5th

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 5, 2006, at 5:39 PM in News & Opinion

Picking a Leader What would I look for in picking a leader of an institution? First, I would look at what they candidates have done, what their strengths are. You can only perform with strength--and what have they done with it?


Prepared Mind World Tour #4 - Challenging

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 29, 2006, at 3:40 PM in News & Opinion

Greetings to all you Prepared Minds from Bill and Jeanie: This is the fourth of eight blogs that we will post to give more insights into the skills needed to prepare for your future. Comments are appreciated. BE PREPARED TO CHALLENGE: We are pretty comfortable at challenging others' thoughts and decisions.


Prepared Mind World Tour #3 - Imagining

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 21, 2006, at 2:36 PM in News & Opinion

Welcome to the third installment of The Prepared Mind blog! Bill did the honors of opening up the Blog with the first two skills, and now I am venturing out with Imagining. Last week, I spent several day with my three year old niece whose most consistent expressions where, Why?


Prepared Mind World Tour #2 - Reasoning

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 14, 2006, at 3:09 PM in News & Opinion

Greetings to all you Prepared Minds from Bill and Jeanie: This is the second of eight blogs that we will post to give more insights into the skills needed to prepare for your future. Comments are appreciated. BE PREPARED TO REASON: Please excuse me while I get up on my metaphorical soapbox and have a short rant.


Qualities of Leaders

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 9, 2006, at 6:25 PM in News & Opinion

What's your definition of a leader? What qualities do they embody? We can all name at least three qualities that a leader possesses.


Prepared Mind World Tour #1 - Observing

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 7, 2006, at 7:56 PM in News & Opinion

Greetings to all you Prepared Minds from Bill and Jeanie: This is the first of eight blogs that we will post to give more insight into the eight skills we see as fundamental to people and organizations that are prepared for the future. Comments are appreciated. BE PREPARED TO OBSERVE: We admire those who are prepared for their future and wonder about those who plead surprise or try the Ken Lay defense of I didnt know.


Hey, Coach

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 21, 2006, at 3:01 PM in News & Opinion

Michael Lewis, author of the very popular Moneyball and Liar's Poker, quietly released a book called Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life. It is a short book (92 pages) about Lewis' high school baseball coach. The only other place I saw it was on the S+B Best of List (see leadership).


Two Free Seminars

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 17, 2006, at 4:11 PM in News & Opinion

Just wanted to point you toward two free seminars that are coming up. The first is will Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies. Jack reviewed the book in last month.


Happy Valentine's Day - A Free Gift For You

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 14, 2006, at 4:56 PM in News & Opinion

I know there is a love/hate thing with Valentine's Day. I can't even begin to deal with that here, but we wanted to give away a little something to all of our readers to show how much we love you. Starting today, the Nine Lives of Leadership ebook will be available for free.


Quote -- Leadership

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 13, 2006, at 8:53 PM in News & Opinion

While I'm still checking out the latest issue of 1-to-1 magazine, here's a quote from Patrick Lencioni, author of several books including the newly published Silos, Politics, And Turf Wars on leadership: As a leader, you're probably not doing a good job unless your employees can do a good impression of you when you're not around.


Prepared Mind - 50% off and free shipping today

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 9, 2006, at 5:24 PM in News & Opinion

Yesterday, we were giving away free copies of The Prepared Mind of a Leader over on inBubbleWrap. Today, we are giving everyone a chance to buy the book for 50% off and get free shipping with your order. Everyone who won or purchased the book will be invited to a teleconference with the authors to kick off The Prepared Mind World Tour.


Harvard Business Review's 2006 Reading List

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2006, at 2:28 PM in News & Opinion

In the February issue, Harvard Business Review has their 2006 Reading List. The Elephant In The Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life by Eviatar Zerubavel (Oxford University Press, March) Working With Your Is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself From Emotional Traps In Work by Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster (Warner Business Books, March) Family Capitalism: Wendels, Haniels, Falcks, and the Continental European Model by Harold James (Harvard University Press, March) Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass, March) The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy by AnnaLee Saxenian (Harvard University Press, April) Questions of Character: Illuminating the Heart of Leadership Through Literature by Joseph Badaracco (Harvard Business School Press, April) Guanxi (The Art of Relationships): Microsoft , China, and Bill Gates' Plan to Win the Road Ahead by Robert Buderi and Gregory Huang (Simon and Schuster, May) Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Difference into Opportunities by Mark Gerzon (Harvard Business School Press, May) The Managerial Moment of Truth: The Essential Step in Helping People Improve Performance by Bruce Bodaken and Robert Fritz (Free Press, May) Treasure Hunt by Michael Silverstein and John Butman (Portfolio, May) Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn by Tojo Thatchenkery and Carol Metzker (Berrett-Koehler, May) The G-Quotient: How Gay Men Are Changing the Face of Leadership by Kirk Snyder (Jossey-Bass, June) Untapped: Creating Value in Underserved Markets by John Weiser et al. (Berrett-Koehler, June) Shopportunity!