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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.




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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.

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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.

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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?

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Super Mario

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 1, 2011, at 7:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Like most people my age, I spent a significant portion of my childhood pretending to be a Italian plumber. You see, we were the Nintendo generation, and regardless of what games you ended up getting later on, you had to find every warp pipe and explore all the secret worlds of Super Mario Bros. first.

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World of the News

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 27, 2011, at 8:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I've been fascinated watching the phone-hacking scandal surrounding NewsCorp and the Murdoch family. It's not because I have strong views about Murdoch himself (though I do), but because I absolutely love newspapers and I'm fascinated by the news business. The very first amendment of our constitution gave us a free press, and that fundamental right has created what has become an institution whose business model has been in almost constant flux since its inception.

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The Digital Diet

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 18, 2011, at 8:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Daniel Sieberg is the host of Tech This Out! On ABC news, where he reports on the latest technology and recommends the best gadgets. But in The Digital Diet: The 4-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life, he does something somewhat antithetical to that purpose—reporting on the growing menace of digital addiction affecting so many of our lives, he lays out a 28 day diet to break it.

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I'm There For You, Baby!

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 13, 2011, at 5:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Neal Senturia is not for everyone. After all, the cover of his book is a barbed wire fence flipping the bird, which I didn't even know was possible until this book came out. I'm There For You, Baby: An Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy is not as abrasive as its cover may lead you to believe, but it definitely has a devil-may-care attitude, and an irreverent, unapologetic tone.

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To Lead is to Teach

By Sally Haldorson, published July 11, 2011, at 2:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Back in January, we were sent a manuscript for a new book in the Notes On Series created by Russell Reich. Jack wrote a JCS on the first book in the series, Notes on Directing, and has been enthusiastically following Reich and his impressive accomplishments ever since. When Jack received this new manuscript for Notes on Teaching, written by Shellee Hendricks and Reich, he forwarded it on to me.

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Stranger to Fiction

By Jack, published July 7, 2011, at 1:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I read something in the industry newsletter Shelf Awareness recently that took me aback. It was from an interview Philip Roth did with Jan Dalley of the Financial Times. The conversation I’d longed to have with him since I first read him many decades ago, a conversation about fiction itself, died an early death.