Excerpts Rss

Finding the right book at the right moment can be life changing. Picking up the wrong one is a waste of time and money. To know which it will be, you need to start reading. We help you get started by bringing you excerpts of the latest books so you can find the right one for you.


The Flaw and the Preface to Lost Decades

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 26, 2011, at 5:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This will be the second year that 800-CEO-READ sponsors a film at the Milwaukee Film Festival. Last year it was the David Hillman Curtis directed concert film of David Byrnes's 2008/2009 tour, Ride, Rise, Roar. As a company full of musicians and music lovers, sponsoring the film seemed to fit our personality and culture.


An Introduction to Willpower

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 6, 2011, at 9:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Another Labor Day has passed, but your labor never ends. . .

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The Innovator's DNA - An Excerpt

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 19, 2011, at 6:17 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You may know Clayton Christensen for his classic works on innovation, The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution. In fact, The Innovator's Dilemma was included as one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Todd wrote something that struck me as I revisited the review he wrote for the book today.

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In the Smallest of Moments - An Excerpt From TouchPoints

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 18, 2011, at 8:39 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We get pitched to a lot—about books, ideas, authors, projects; from authors, publicists, agents and publishers. It is part of what we do here, and listening to all comers is part of how we weed through the massive amount of material that is published each year, find what we think are the best projects, make connections and stay successful. But it can get a little tiring at times, especially when you know someone isn't really thrilled about the project, idea or author they're pitching.

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How the West Was Lost - An Excerpt

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 15, 2011, at 11:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Farrar, Straus and Giroux has some really great books on economics out right now, with more in the works and on the way. I will talk about Shraga F. Biran's Opportunism on this blog soon, but I'd like to turn now to a book that's being released today—New York Times bestselling author Dambisa Moyo's How the West Was Lost.

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An Excerpt from The Network Is Your Customer

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 10, 2011, at 4:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The following excerpt comes from The Network Is Your Customer by David L. Rogers, a book being released tomorrow by Yale University Press. Rogers is the executive director of the Center on Global Brand Leadership, and his book has received endorsements from great thinkers like Jeff Jarvis (What Would Google Do?


(Only) You Can Do It!

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 30, 2010, at 12:10 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

As the economy recovers, as it surely must, there are going to be a lot of workers being tapped for executive positions for the first time—and hopefully many others that reenter the workforce in leadership roles. And, for those workers, Scott Eblin's newly revised and expanded edition of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success, released last month by Nicholas Brealey Publishing, has come at a fortuitous time. This book is akin to Michael Watkin's classic, The First 90 Days, offering practical steps to succeed in one of the most grueling shifts you'll ever face in professional life.



By 800-CEO-READ, published November 23, 2010, at 12:41 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This week we have an excerpt from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. You may remember Taleb from his bestselling The Black Swan or his first book, Fooled by Randomness. Taleb is a big thinker, and The Bed of Procrustes is a collection of "philosophical and practical aphorisms" from the author.

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A Guest Post from Pinkett and Robinson

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 18, 2010, at 6:34 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

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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An Excerpt from Social Innovation, Inc.

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 15, 2010, at 8:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Today, we have an excerpt from Jason Saul's new book, Social Innovation, Inc. , published by Jossey-Bass last month. Recognizing the influence that global corporations have on almost every aspect of our lives today, Jason asked himself some very tricky questions, like: Could Walmart possibly offer a better solution to health care than Medicaid?

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Explaining Goat Economics by Vikram Akula

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 8, 2010, at 9:53 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

Vikram Akula, founder and chairperson of the SKS Microfinance, was kind enough to provide a post for us this week. In it, he tells the story of how he ended up meeting with some of the richest men Earth to explain to them how the poor make money. His new book, A Fistful of Rice, Is being released tomorrow by Harvard Business Review Press.


An Excerpt from The Leader's Guide to Radical Management

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 1, 2010, at 7:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We chose Stephen Denning's book, The Secret Language of Leadership, as the best book on leadership in our first annual business book awards in 2007. We first met him in 2008, when we were fortunate enough to have him come speak at our author pow-wow. We were so impressed by the talk he gave that, when we were planning this year's gathering, there was no question as to whether or not we'd invite him back.