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Quiet tomorrow

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 4, 2004, at 2:36 AM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

We are shutting down the office tomorrow and the entire office is attending Book Expo America at McCormick Place in Chicago. This is the industry event for booksellers. Next week, Jack and I (the veteran and the novice) will share our thoughts on the convention.

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Solidarity vs. diversity

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 3, 2004, at 5:19 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

One challenge for companies -- and an even bigger challenge for small groups -- is how to maintain diversity and clear space for dissenting opinions while also fostering the kind of solidarity and commitment that help organizations get things done. In other words, diversity is essential for making good decisions, but strong organizations also thrive on a sense of common purpose and identity. This fascinating study of Civil War deserters argues that soldiers who were in units that were homogeneous were much less likely to run or go AWOL than were soldiers in units that were relatively diverse.

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Think different

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 3, 2004, at 4:50 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Someone asked me the other day if my argument meant that the Borg, the Star Trek characters who share a collective group consciousness, really had a better handle on things than Captain Kirk. (I'm not a Trekkie, but it's a good question. ) The answer is no, because what defines the Borg, ultimately, is a lack of individual personality.

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Guest Appearance

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 3, 2004, at 4:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Greetings from Brooklyn. Todd's been nice enough to ask me to guest-blog and to talk about (or flog) my new book, The Wisdom of Crowds. (You can read an excerpt from it here.

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Guest Host

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 3, 2004, at 4:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Just a reminder. James Surowiecki is joining us this afternoon to talk about his book The Wisdom of Crowds.

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Kawasaki on Partners

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 3, 2004, at 2:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Q:I have the funding and plans to start an online content provider service. I know someone I may want to hire as CTO. We have good personal chemistry, and he is very interested in the project, except he wants some kind of partner.

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Free Prize Inside Tour Summary

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 2, 2004, at 2:18 PM – Filed under: Marketing & Sales

I am tardy on getting this posted, but here is a list of all of the Business Blog Book Tour posts for the Seth Godin's Free Prize Inside: May 3rd - A Penny For. . .

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Kawasaki Recommends

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 2, 2004, at 2:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Q:Who do you think is a good role model as an entrepreneur? Let me answer this in a different way. Here's the best book you can read about being an entrepreneur: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland.

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Kawasaki on Business Plans

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 1, 2004, at 7:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Q:What is the most important ingredient in a good business plan? The most important ingredient of a good business plan is the executive summary. This should be about two pages long and answers the basic questions: What do you do?

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Portfolio Boosters

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 1, 2004, at 7:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Wall Street Journal Sunday had an article by Erin Schutle called "Getting Down to Business This Summer". The article profiled an number of books to help investors improve their portfolios and give them something to read on the beach this summer. Here is what they suggested: Beating the Business Cycle by Lakshman Achuthan and Anirvan Banerji The Right Stock at the Right Time: Prospering in the Coming Good Years by Larry Williams Bull!

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Brand Autopsy's Worthy and -less Reviews

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 1, 2004, at 5:08 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Marketing & Sales

Today, our friend John at Brand Autopsy posted Worthy Reads and Worthless Reads II. His books include: Its Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden How to Make Big Money in your Small Business by Jeffrey J.

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James Surowiecki Visits The Blog

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 1, 2004, at 1:39 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I want to let everybody know that James Surowiecki will be joining us on Thursday. He will be talking about his new book The Wisdom of Crowds. I have been reading it and I can't help making comparisons to The Tipping Point.