Personal Development & Human Behavior

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Stephen R. Covey, 1932 - 2012

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 16, 2012, at 11:22 PM in News & Opinion

Stephen Covey's seminal book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, changed the business book landscape. It was a book that introduced us to the concept of paradigm shifts in our lives, and it shifted the paradigm of the entire industry. It has been translated into almost 40 languages and sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.

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By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2012, at 8:34 PM in Staff Picks

We're very pleased to announce the official opening of KnowledgeBlocks, a subscription-based service and online resource that gives readers access to quality content and business resources, a way to save, organize, and customize the information that is important to them, and engages business authors and thought leaders to help solve business problems and build new knowledge. Among the key features of the site, subscribers have access to the following: Explorations: Every month we publish three business book explorations that examine a narrow subject within a broader business topic. Each begins with a featured book and then branches out in unexpected directions, introducing you to author insights via podcast or interview, other related must-reads, curated links, and brief analyses that will help you build your business knowledge.


168 Hours and All the Money in the World

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 6, 2012, at 4:09 AM in News & Opinion

Robert Benchley’s Law of Distinction states that “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who believe there are two kinds of people in the world, and those who don’t. ” If that statement made any logical sense, I would count myself among the latter. Yet I do think it's a rare mind that is both expansive and practical at the same time, and that is what makes Laura Vanderkam so special.


A (Quiet) Room of One's Own

By Sally Haldorson, published February 16, 2012, at 7:12 PM in Staff Picks

In a 1929 essay, Virginia Woolf wrote that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. " There has been much literary analysis (and some criticism) of this assertion, and, over time it seems her call has been taken up by proponents of nearly every minority facing systemic repression, but in the context of the time, Woolf was being quite literal and pragmatic. Women rarely had space to call their own in which to do their own work.

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A Guest Post from Pinkett and Robinson

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 18, 2010, at 6:34 PM in Excerpts

Randall Pinkett was the winner of season four of The Apprentice, and the show's first minority winner. Rather awkwardly, after he was "hired," he was also the only winner ever asked by "The Donald" to share his victory with the runner-up. Not a fan of the show, I didn't know of those events until I picked up Dr.

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Where Do You Want to Go?

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 17, 2010, at 2:54 AM in News & Opinion

Maybe you don't really know. You feel stuck in a rut. Maybe, like I did, you just want to get away.

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Working For You Isn't Working For Me Q&A

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 13, 2009, at 2:18 PM in News & Opinion

Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster have spent years analyzing the effects of poor management, or to put it bluntly, working with a nutcase boss. Some people react by quitting, others give in and live miserably for years, but as the authors point out, there are much better ways to handle the situation. This insight is detailed in their new book, Working For You Isn't Working For Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss.


What's Your Next Move?

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2009, at 3:05 PM in News & Opinion

Whether you're going for that promotion, looking to jump ship, or change careers entirely, Michael Watkins' Your Next Move is a book you'll want to read. Any career change is a major event, and this is the kind of book that will prepare you for any kind of move, from dealing with exiting techniques, to international moves, to turnarounds, to working with new groups of people (who may, in fact, be ex-peers you are now supervising). This is a well-written, personal, and to-the-point guide that covers a lot of ground in a short time.


Butterfly in the Sky...

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 28, 2009, at 3:01 PM in News & Opinion

When Geordi La Forge left his career as helmsman and chief engineer of the starship Enterprise , he found a new calling—as a champion of literacy to Earth's children. Known to us as LeVar Burton, he took the helm of Reading Rainbow in 1983. (I know the television sequence of events runs backwards here, The Next Generation not premiering until 1987 and all, but the man was a chief engineer.


Working for Yourself

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 14, 2009, at 1:56 PM in News & Opinion

Whether you freelance, work your hobby at night, are an artist, or found yourself out of a job and are thinking hard about taking your career in your own direction, your excitement might be outweighed by trepidation. As the economy continues to rumble, many people have found themselves struggling in one of the above scenarios, and are looking for answers. For those who have tried working for themselves as designers, writers, consultants, and other independents, it can be difficult to manage both the work itself, and the work to make the work happen.

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Another Take on The Wisdom of Peter Drucker

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 6, 2009, at 3:52 PM in News & Opinion

Since his death in November 2005, a number of people have written about their experiences with the late Peter Drucker. William Cohen wrote his book A Class with Drucker about his experience as the first graduate of the doctoral program at Claremont under Drucker's watch. Jeffrey Krames wrote his ode Inside Drucker's Brain last year and shared the experience of a day-long interview with the management guru.


Being Strategic on CBS Early Morning

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 24, 2009, at 3:39 PM in News & Opinion

This morning, our good friend Erika Andersen on was CBS Early Morning talking about her new book Being Strategic. Watch CBS Videos Online CBS also has a transcript-ish article based on the interview with Erika.