Staff Picks Rss

We are known for our business book expertise, but most of our staff started working here because of our passion for books, not business. 800-CEO-READ is a company filled with voracious readers—talented, creative individuals who know books, and who excel at getting the right books into the hands of the right people. Whenever we can, we like to do that by telling you about the books we’ve been reading.


Desperate Times, Different Measures

By Sally Haldorson, published November 18, 2011, at 7:42 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Of course the saying goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures. " With our depressed economy, it can certainly seem like desperate times filled with risk on a daily basis. Perhaps you wake up in the middle of the night remembering a deadline that passed without you noticing just a few hours before, and you suddenly worry that one mistake might be the last straw.


Halloween, Zombies and the Devil's Derivatives

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 31, 2011, at 7:20 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

This may be a ghost story. It happened on a dark night mistaken for morning in America, a night that would descend over the entire financial world. Nicholas Dunbar sets the scene in his book, The Devil's Derivatives: For most of it's history, our financial system was built by on the stolid, cautious decisions of bankers, the men who hate to lose.



By 800-CEO-READ, published October 25, 2011, at 8:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Oftentimes, when someone lies to us, we think, "I knew that wasn't true. " Yet, for a moment, we trusted them, and we believed they were being honest. We then wonder how we could have been more certain up front, and not have been fooled.


Doing the Right Thing

By Sally Haldorson, published October 24, 2011, at 10:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In 2007, we chose a book called Responsibility at Work as the winner of the Personal Development category for that year's Business Book of the Year Awards. It was the first time I'd been exposed to Howard Gardner's work--he is prolific*, so the book we featured was only a small part of his overall catalog--, and I became quite interested in his Theory of Multiple Intelligences. I don't recall if I've ever taken an official IQ test but I can tell you I wouldn't have done well on it.

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Practical Genius

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 6, 2011, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Geniuses are people on a higher level. We imagine them as gurus and experts whose every word seems like the perfect articulation of whatever it is they speak of. And certainly, those people do exist.

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The Coming Jobs War

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 4, 2011, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Right now, some of us are sitting in positions we've held for years, and looking forward to staying that way. Others are scrambling to prove their worth in a highly competitive market. Yet others still may have given up, after years of trying to find work, with no hope in site.

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Talk Normal

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 3, 2011, at 7:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jack reviewed a great book a few years ago called The Management Myth: Why the “Experts” Keep Getting It Wrong. It is a serious book critiquing what the author calls "the pseudoscience of management theory," a call for us to look at management theory not as a science, but as a philosophy. A question at the heart of that book is the efficacy of business jargon—that is, does the language we invent around business topics really produce a better understanding of those topics, or simply make the speaker of that language sound more clever, studied and imbued with expertise.


The Future of Value

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 20, 2011, at 9:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

According to Eric Lowitt, author of the new book, The Future of Value, sustainability and outperforming your competition at the same time, is a choice, not an impossibility. The first part of the book describes how sustainability creates value. And in this case, sustainability refers to "a continuous, unwavering commitment that companies make to balance their financial returns with environmental impact and social equity investments.

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A Giving Business is a Good Business

By Sally Haldorson, published September 14, 2011, at 9:25 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Teachers in the Milwaukee Public School system were surprised on their first day back in the classroom this fall with a gift from a local company, Penzey's Spices. The gift included a jar of their newest salt-free seasoning, Forward! (which not-incidentally is Wisconsin's state motto), and a jar of their all-purpose cinnamon.


Retirement Heist

By 800-CEO-READ, published September 12, 2011, at 10:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Pabst Blue Ribbon has become a trendy beverage across the country. It has developed a blue collar, sub-culture friendly image. But while Pabst has been a huge part of Milwaukee's history, its connections to the city today are limited to its branding, and there are still plenty of working class folks here who won't touch it.

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Culture and The Innovator's Cookbook

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 29, 2011, at 9:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

When you booted up Windows 95, a man named Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno made that experience more remarkable and memorable. He made the little league game at the end of the movie Traffic seem profound and timeless—a gentle, reassuring reminder that the universe is stitched together of individual, seemingly mundane moments.

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Invest Like a Girl

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 8, 2011, at 7:27 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

634 points. That is quite a dramatic drop. How should we react?