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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.

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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.

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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.

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Negotiation Thread at Signal vs Noise

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 28, 2008, at 7:33 PM in News & Opinion

There is a great thread at Signal vs Noise where they are asking readers for good negotiating stories. The books mentioned thus far include: You Can Negotiate Anything by Herb Cohen NO: The Only Negotiating Strategy You Need for Work and Home by Jim Camp Humanitarian Negotiation: A handbook for securing access, assistance and protection for Civilians in Armed Conflcts by The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (free download) Jack Nicholson's famous negotiation in Five Easy Pieces is also mentioned.

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What Men Don't Tell Women about Business - the author on TV this weekend

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 4, 2008, at 4:06 PM in News & Opinion

This Sunday on NBC's Weekend Today, Christopher Flett will talk about his recent book, What Men Don't Tell Women about Business, a look at the alpha-male-dominated business world and the strategies women still must employ to work their way to the top. From the inside jacket flap: "In What Men Don't Tell Women about Business, dynamic young CEO and consultant Christopher Flett invites you into the cigar club for a frank and revealing conversation about what it takes for a woman to reach the top in the business world. His comments may surprise, shock, even offend you--but they will also prepare you for success in an environment still dominated by men.

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More Kudos For Michael Gates Gill

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 28, 2007, at 3:54 PM in News & Opinion

In the Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2007, deputy books editor Mark Lasswell calls out Michael Gates Gill's How Starbucks Saved My Life saying: At 63, Michael Gates Gill, father of five, found himself out of work, divorced, and nearly broke--not quite what he expected when he was growing up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the son of New Yorker writer Brendan Gill. But then Mr. Gill found a life raft in the form of an unlikely job, as he relates in the memoir How Starbucks Saved My Life.

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CEO of Me

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 18, 2007, at 8:46 PM in News & Opinion

Work/Life balance was a big topic in business books, this year. A new book about the topic just came out last week: CEO of Me: Creating a Life that Works in the Flexible Job Age by Ellen Ernst Kossek and Brenda A. Lautsch.

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The Opposable Mind

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 26, 2007, at 9:56 PM in News & Opinion

I've been reading the Opposable Mind by Roger Martin. We humans have long been distinguished from other animals by our opposable thumbs. Yes, we're born with the ability to hold something with the tension of our forefinger and thumb.

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Authors In the Zines

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 15, 2007, at 2:51 PM in News & Opinion

Business authors make prominent appearances in a number of magazines this month. Titled "Getting Things Done Guru David Allen and His Cult of Hyperefficiency", Wired Magazine profiles the author and Getting Things Done in the greatest detail I have seen in the major media. Allen has a huge following in the tech community which plays perfectly to Wired's core audience.

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Six Essentials for Networking - Rules for Renegades

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2007, at 12:45 PM in News & Opinion

The following blog entry comes from Christine Comaford-Lynch, author of Rules for Renegades: How to Make More Money, Rock Your Career, and Revel in Your Individuality. Six Essentials for Networking Networking is about creating an extended family. It's about developing connections, caring about people, increasing the size of your "tribe.

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The Perfect Pair: Never Eat Alone and Highrise

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 9, 2007, at 6:33 PM in News & Opinion

Never Eat Alone is a 2005 book written by Keith Ferrazzi. The subtitle "The Ultimate Networker Reveals How To Build a Lifelong Community of Collegues, Contacts, Friends, and Mentors" sums up the book pretty well. We have an excerpt on our site from Chapter 17 - "The Art of Small Talk" and here is a video of Ferrazzi speaking at a Microsoft event.

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If They Give You Lined Paper...

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 30, 2007, at 8:57 PM in Staff Picks

I like books about writing and language. Could be the technical writer in me. Or the linguist.