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Jack Covert is the founder and former president of 800-CEO-READ. His Jack Covert Selects column grew out of a “new releases” column he ran in the local paper’s business pages, and blossomed into a monthly review series that ran in business journals and newspapers across the country. As the company grew, other members of the management and marketing team began writing reviews for the series, but Jack continued to contribute his own voice until his retirement in 2014. We kept the series—now weekly—alive under his name for another year, and transformed it into our current Editor’s Choice series at the beginning of 2016.




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Jack Covert Selects - The Glass Cage

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2014, at 10:48 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on technology and culture. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation.

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Jack Covert Selects - How We Got to Now

By Ryan Schleicher, published September 12, 2014, at 10:40 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson can.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Happiness of Pursuit

By Sally Haldorson, published September 12, 2014, at 10:31 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50.

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Jack Covert Selects - Powers of Two

By Michael, published August 15, 2014, at 7:42 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

There is something thrilling about reading accounts that reveal something about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Power of Noticing

By Sally Haldorson, published August 15, 2014, at 7:35 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

No matter how smart we are, if we don’t train ourselves to notice what is not immediately in front of us, then we cannot make the best decisions.

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Jack Covert Selects - The End of Absence

By Ryan Schleicher, published August 15, 2014, at 7:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

As part of the generation to know life both with and without the internet, Michael Harris sets out to discover what the it stole from everyday living—absence.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Intel Trinity

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2014, at 9:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Michael S. Malone sets out to give due credit to the three men most responsible for Intel's success—and for Silicon Valley as we know it.

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Jack Covert Selects - How the World Sees You

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2014, at 9:55 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

It is ironic that Ms. Hogshead that is reviving the exploration of fascination, because she comes from that very world of modern marketing that dethroned it.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Alliance

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2014, at 4:50 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha, Chris Yeh, Harvard Business Review Press, 193 pages, $25. 00, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9781625275776 As I read The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, I wondered if I was really the right person to be reviewing this book. In the first few pages, I learn that referring to your company as a “family” isn’t appropriate; and that the assumed employee/employer fidelity founded on a sort of professional monogamy is archaic.

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Jack Covert Selects - Roadside MBA

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2014, at 2:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives, and Small Business Owners by Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer, and Scott Schaefer, Business Plus, 279 pages, $27. 00, hardcover, June 2014, ISBN 9781455598892 Three microeconomics professors enter a shoe store in Maine… It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, or a very boring story. It is actually the beginning of a great new book that combines two quintessentially American things: the road trip and small businesses.

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Jack Covert Selects - Executive Presence

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2014, at 2:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Harper Business, 210 pages, $26. 99, hardcover, June 2014, ISBN 9780062246899 With her new book, Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success, Sylvia Ann Hewlett bravely tackles an unwelcome elephant in the room. Few people want to admit that appearance, or bearing, or reputation really plays a part in how much a person succeeds in his or her chosen profession.

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Jack Covert Selects - It's Not the How or the What But the Who

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2014, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It’s Not the How or the What But the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best by Claudio Fernandez Araoz, Harvard Business Review Press, 244 pages, $28. 00, hardcover, June 2014, ISBN 9781625271525 At it’s simplest, It’s Not the How or the What But the Who is a guide to hiring, developing, and retaining the right people. That seems like a fairly straightforward proposition, but if you’ve ever had to hire people you know it is easier said than done.