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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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New Harbinger Titles

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 19, 2008, at 9:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Here are some titles that I found a must-read from Harbinger Press. They deal with how to perform better in your current job situation and offer many different perspectives on what to expect from coworkers and bosses. The books go from simple disorganization to dealing with co-workers that are difficult.

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Once You're Lucky....

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 4, 2008, at 8:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Another title, Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good, came across my desk that I was surprised no one had talked about (or ordered from us) before. A little internet company (think Facebook) just ordered a mass quantity. Maybe it's because the book offers new, optimistic views on the internet and its future - or it could be because along with YouTube and MySpace, it's one of the major players in Sarah Lacy's new book.

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The Change Cycle

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 1, 2008, at 8:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A summer title, The Cycle of Change: How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change, caught my attention today and I was thinking that in this climate of change we're all in, ( what with the election coming up and many companies changing strategies due to the economy) there are many folks getting swept up in organizational change. They are dealing with inner feelings, conflicts, steps, upheaval and what not can put a strain on a person - not just professionally but personally as well (blood pressure, stress, etc). In The Change Cycle, Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock help people through this process.

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5 ways to deal with negativity and foster positivity at work

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 31, 2008, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Thanks to Jon Gordon, author of The No Complaining Rule and The Energy Bus, for contributing this article on positivity. Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity With the mortgage meltdown, floods in the Midwest, $4 a gallon for gas, food prices, the economy, famine, war in Iraq, etc. , many would agree that there is a lot of negativity in the world and certainly a lot to complain about.

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Worth a Second (or Third Look)

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 24, 2008, at 2:36 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Sometimes, we forget what books have been featured or talked about in the past few months. I came across some books that are worth a second look! One has been recommended by our Change This editor as a must read (Zenobia), another has been a Jack Covert Selects (Myself and Other More Important Matters), while the others I just felt the need to bring them back into the light and recognize them as invaluable resources for today's business environment.

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Plato and the Question of Beauty

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 22, 2008, at 3:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I was browsing new book titles today and one just popped to my attention right away! It's called Plato and the Question of Beauty by Drew A. Hyland.

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What to Say to a Porcupine

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2008, at 2:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This cute, recently published, little book came to my attention the other day when a company called in to place an order for books to give to their staff. I was taken aback by the title and wondered what kind of a book this was, until that is I pulled it up on our website and found out that the subtitle was: 20 Humorous Tales that Get to the Heart of Great Customer Service. What to Say to a Porcupine is a book that contains twenty different tales all centering around customer service and it offers topics for group (or single) discussion at the end of each fable.

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Business Novels

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 3, 2008, at 3:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In his wonderful review of Personal Days in last weeeknd's New York Times Sunday Book Review (free subscription), Mark Sarvas pondered the following: . . .

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Consumer or Consumed? BusinessWeek reviews two books about brands

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 27, 2008, at 4:27 PM – Filed under: Marketing & Sales

Yesterday Dylan did a nice job of summing up the latest reviews and discussions about business books in business magazines. Sometimes it's hard for us to keep up with everything, so here's one from a few weeks ago. In the June 19 issue of BusinessWeek, writer Susan Berfield reviewed two books that "explore the question of whether brands control us, or vice versa": Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker, and Obsessive Branding Disorder: The Illusion of Business and the Business of Illusion by Lucas Conley.

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By 800-CEO-READ, published June 25, 2008, at 6:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jim Champy is coauthor of the business classic Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution, which is, without a doubt, one of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time (we love manifestos). He also wrote the follow-ups Reengineering Management and X-Engineering the Corporation, and just released a new book, Outsmart! , in March.

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The Pixar Touch review in the New York Times Book Review

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 24, 2008, at 8:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Pixar Touch, which was a Jack Covert Selects in May, was reviewed in this past Sunday's New York Times Book Review. Read the review here.

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The Future of the Internet

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 20, 2008, at 3:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You guessed it! Another book was brought to my attention the other day when someone called and placed a mass quantity order for their employees to read, the other day. The book was: The Future of the Internet.