Personal Development & Human Behavior


Rebound by Martha Finney

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 10, 2009, at 2:00 PM in Jack Covert Selects

Finding a great new book that we love around here usually brings us nothing but joy. . .


Titles Now in Spanish!

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 18, 2009, at 3:24 PM in News & Opinion

Here are some new titles that are currently from Urano and Roca publishers. If you don't speak/read Spanish, then perhaps you know someone that does. I've linked to the English versions where applicable - check them out as well!

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Dan Pink interviewed by Oprah

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 17, 2009, at 6:59 PM in News & Opinion

In case you missed it, here is Oprah's interview with Dan Pink, featured in the December 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Oprah interviewed Dan about "how right-brain thinkers are wired for 21st-century success," a concept from his groundbreaking book A Whole New Mind. Dan Pink is also the author of Free Agent Nation, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and the forthcoming DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About Human Motivation and How It Can Change Your Life (out in December '09).

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Two "How" career/life books that deserve a shout out

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 7, 2009, at 2:00 PM in Staff Picks

There are two career/life-related books on my desk this morning: How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work by Megan Hustad and The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want (now out in paperback) by Sonja Lyubomirsky. How to Be Useful is an antidote to the cynicism and naivete that Hustad believes have seeped into the veins of younger generations of workers, who have developed an attitude of fundamental resistance to all things "corporate" and "ambitious. " She explains that the book "aims to be a corrective to this strange, counterproductive loop of naivete and cynicism.


Marshawn Evans offers advice for surviving tough economic times

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2008, at 3:33 PM in News & Opinion

During these tough economic times, Marshawn Evans, author of S. K. I.

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5 Books That Changed My Perspective

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 31, 2008, at 3:00 PM in Staff Picks

We've been talking about how to help people, how to focus on what's positive and helpful in the current state of our world, rather than grumbling over the things that are both out of our control and truly uncertain. One of the ways we can do that is by starting a conversation that starts at a personal level. .


The Tao of Sustainability

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 8, 2008, at 2:27 PM in News & Opinion

We've seen a large increase in the number of books on sustainability and "greening" this year, including this new one from Yale University Press: Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture by John R. Ehrenfeld. You'll read more about these books in our forthcoming 2008 annual review, In the Books (links to inaugural 2007 edition), but here's a look at this book, which is based on the premise that "sustainability is the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.


New excerpt up - from Leadership and the Sexes

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 2, 2008, at 2:05 PM in News & Opinion

There's a new excerpt up on our Excerpts blog. It's taken from Chapter 1 of Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science To Create Success In Business by Michael Gurian and Barbara Annis. From the publisher: "Men and women lead differently.


Honest Feet and Other Non-Verbal Cues

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 22, 2008, at 3:14 PM in News & Opinion

We're always giving off nonverbal cues. From rolling our eyes, as teenagers, when our parents asked us to help with dishes. To putting our elbows on the table at dinner time.

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5 ways to deal with negativity and foster positivity at work

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 31, 2008, at 1:00 PM in Staff Picks

Thanks to Jon Gordon, author of The No Complaining Rule and The Energy Bus, for contributing this article on positivity. Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity With the mortgage meltdown, floods in the Midwest, $4 a gallon for gas, food prices, the economy, famine, war in Iraq, etc. , many would agree that there is a lot of negativity in the world and certainly a lot to complain about.


The No Complaining Rule

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 9, 2008, at 3:54 PM in News & Opinion

When I first saw the title "The No Complaining Rule" I had flashbacks to family road trips to "up north" Wisconsin, full of truly Ollie Hopnoodle-esque moments. But the title refers to a new business book about positivity: The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work by Jon Gordon, who also wrote The Energy Bus. The No Complaining Rule is constructed like a parable, with anecdotes that build to a point at which the fictional workplace develops "an actionable plan to win the battle against individual and organizational negativity.


New Excerpt - from Executive Stamina

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 30, 2008, at 12:44 PM in News & Opinion

There's a new excerpt up on our Excerpts blog, taken from Chapter 11 of Executive Stamina: How to Optimize Time, Energy, and Productivity to Achieve Peak Performance by Marty Seldman and Joshua Seldman. Here is the publisher's description of the book: "Executive Stamina combines the wisdom and methodology of the very best executive coaching with the cutting-edge training techniques of world-class endurance athletes. This holistic approach uses practical tips and tools to help executives maximize their career potential, maintain their physical health, and stay aligned with their personal values.