Personal Development & Human Behavior


A conversation

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 21, 2007, at 10:03 PM in News & Opinion

Our crew of 13 has bi-weekly meetings where we take an hour or two of our day to talk about what's going on in our world. The goal being shared knowledge--which can only make us smarter. In another effort to become smarter, last week we had the pleasure of being taught by Erika, author of Growing Great Employees.


8cr's Social Styles workshop

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 16, 2007, at 4:40 PM in News & Opinion

Yesterday our team partipated in a Social Styles workshop, led by Erika Andersen, author of Growing Great Employees and founder of Proteus International. By the end of the day we had mapped ourselves out across four social styles: Analytical, Driver, Expressive and Amiable. Now, understanding our social weaknesses and strengths, we have new ideas for how to interact with one another and develop a stronger workplace.


Market Inefficiencies

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2007, at 6:38 PM in News & Opinion

I have been walking around with a October issue of Fortune in my bag for months. There is a special section in the 10/30/06 edition called Secrets of Greatness. The Q&A with Michael Lewis is what has kept in my bag.


There _is_ such a thing as a free lunch.

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 25, 2007, at 8:44 PM in News & Opinion

Remember that special offer I mentioned? It's up at inBubbleWrap. com.


Business Books For January: Ego Check

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 18, 2007, at 2:47 PM in News & Opinion

Given headlines that executives like Bob Nardelli and Bill McGuire are getting, the timing of Mathew Hayward's new book Ego Check couldn't be better. Hayward believes it is hubris, what many consider the original deadly sin, to be the cuplrit for fallings of Enron, Worldcom, and Parmalat. Consider Hayward's four sources of Hubris: If extraordinary confidence is grounded in the best available data, it is authentic, and a positive force for advancement.


A Perfect Mess

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 27, 2006, at 7:10 PM in News & Opinion

After any holiday, I always return to a slightly messy desk; one that is covered with books, letters and anything else left from the week before. Today was no different. In attempt to dig out of the post-holiday mess that is my desk, I found this a bit comforting: Don't let the neat freaks push you around.


Author Pow-Wow 2006. Emphasis on the WOW.

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 4, 2006, at 3:39 PM in News & Opinion

They say the American Indian name for Milwaukee means "the good land"? or "gathering place by the water. "?


Business Ideas for Your Ears

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 14, 2006, at 3:10 PM in Jack Covert Selects

I think business audio on the net is exploding. Here is a sampling of what I found this week Lisa Haneberg has been doing her Fireside Chats for some time. Her latest two are with Peter Georgescu(The Source of Success) and Lee Froschheiser (Vital Factors).


Pointing to A Podcast

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 10, 2006, at 9:17 PM in News & Opinion

I just posted an interview I did with Stephen Covey. I was honored and think it went great. Hop over to the podcast blog and take a listen.


Six Degrees of David Allen

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 27, 2006, at 4:09 PM in News & Opinion

As someone whos long believed that David Allen represents this generations Stephen Covey/Dale Carnegie/(name-your-favorite-business-coach), it came as little surprise to me that two of the most promising forthcoming business titles have passages about his influence. A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder, which is somewhat of a cross between Blink and Getting Things Done (with a touch of Im Dysfunctional, Youre Dysfunctional thrown in), makes a provocative argument about the drawbacks of the productivity gurus hyper-popular system. This book, written by David Freedman (full disclosureI have worked with Dave and confess to calling him a friend) and Eric Abrahamson, is my favorite of all the galleys in my office.


Books on Blogs - 9/12/06

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2006, at 3:36 PM in News & Opinion

If you read the blogs that I do, here are the books you would have seen mentioned over the last week or two: Curt at The Occupational Adventure is reading Energy Addict: 101 Physical, Mental, & Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life by Jon Gordon. He says he is adding it to the list of book he regularly recommends to clients. Paul at the Idea Sandbox talks through the six factors that made Walt Disney successful.


Which Has Greater Growth Potential: Attitude or Talent? by John Maxwell

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2006, at 1:55 PM in News & Opinion

This post comes from John Maxwell on his recent book The Difference Maker --- When I first started training people, I thought everyone could learn to do anything they set their mind to. Ive taught leadership and personal development for more than thirty years, and I now recognize that my thinking was nave. When it comes to skills, people can grow only so much.