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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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WSJ Review of The Elephant and the Dragon

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 18, 2007, at 7:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Here's a review from today's Wall Street Journal. The Elephant and the Dragon, by Robyn Meredith, details the rapid economic growth both China and India have experienced over the past 100 years. Meredith shows that these two emerging economic giants have important lessons the U.

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Jack Covert Selects Winning (again)

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 16, 2007, at 7:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"Winning" by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch, HarperBusiness, 350 Pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, April 2005, ISBN 9780060753948 Note: At the end of this 2005 review I wrote "Not only is this book relevant today, but I think it will be adding value for many years to come. " I'm no prophet, but I do know that my prediction was right.

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Jack Covert Selects Good to Great (again)

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 16, 2007, at 5:45 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"Good to Great" by Jim Collins, HarperCollins, 320 Pages, $27. 50, Hardcover, October 2001, ISBN 9780066620992 Note: This Jack Covert Selects is from October of 2001. Not only has the book Good to Great emerged as a classic and a "breakthrough," cross-genre sensation, but the phrase itself has entered business jargon.

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Chicago Sun-Times reviews "Apples are Square"

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 13, 2007, at 2:45 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Jack sent me a link to this book review published in the Chicago Sun-Times yesterday. "Polishing up on leadership qualities: Insightful read outlines values needed to succeed today" by John A. Challenger In Apples are Square: Thinking Differently about Leadership Susan and Thomas Kuczmarski contend that, aside from sincere efforts made some companies, we haven't learned our proverbial lesson after Enron.

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45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 11, 2007, at 1:15 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Recently I paged through 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy: And How to Avoid Them by Anita Bruzzese, author of the column "On the Job. " Most of the items in this book were common sense: Telling Dirty Jokes and Cussing on the Job; Having Poor Writing and Spelling Skills; Wearing the Wrong Thing to Work; Gossiping; Failing to Learn from Mistakes. Here are a few I wasn't expecting: 17.

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A "Weird Idea that Works"

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 10, 2007, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

This brief excerpt reminded me quite a bit of the discussions we have here at 800-CEO-READ. (From Chapter 8 of Weird Ideas that Work by Robert I. Sutton) Find Some Happy People and Get Them to Fight (Weird Idea #5) If you want innovation, you need happy warriors, upbeat people who know the right way to fight.

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The "Dominant Selling Idea" - Why Johnny Can't Brand

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 9, 2007, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives

Last Friday we put a new excerpt up on the Excerpts Blog: the introduction to Why Johnny Can't Brand: Rediscovering the Lost Art of the Big Idea. You can read the entire introduction over there, but I wanted to share another interesting section I found while paging through the book: The Five Rules of One 1. The "One Item of 'Carry-On-'" Rule When seeking to differentiate your brand, no matter how much information you offer, when you've finished pitching: People only remember one thing.

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New Excerpt - Fired Up or Burned Out

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 5, 2007, at 3:20 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new excerpt up on the Excerpts Blog. It's taken from the introduction to Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team's Passion, Creativity, and Productivity by Michael Lee Stallard. The author presents three keys that can empower a leader to transform even a lethargic, disconnected organization into an impassioned, innovative, and thriving workplace.

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What are you reading?

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2007, at 2:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Since Kate, Todd and Jack are out of the office today, I am going to be sneaky and ask a non-business-book related question. What are you reading this summer? And what would you say when recommending it?

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New excerpt up

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 28, 2007, at 2:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new excerpt up on the Excerpts blog. It is taken from Chapter 4 of The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies by Chet Holmes. "As we've already established, it's harder than ever to get in front of a potential buyer, so when you finally get your company in front of that buyer, you need to maximize what you can accomplish in that moment.

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Implications of the Blogosphere

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 27, 2007, at 9:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Dov Seidman, who we mentioned earlier in the week, was the focus of Thomas Friedman's New York Times column today. You need to subscribe to the New York Times online to view the article (a trial version is available), so those who have a subscription or want to get one can access the column here: The Whole World is Watching Here's a brief excerpt: When everyone has a blog, a MySpace page or Facebook entry, everyone is a publisher. When everyone has a cellphone with a camera in it, everyone is a paparazzo.

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Andrea Learned Recommends

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 13, 2007, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Stand Back, the Karma Queens, Geek Gods and Innerpreneurs are A'Comin' By Andrea Learned If you enjoy tapping your inner sociologist and anthropologist, the new book by Ron Rentel, Karma Queens, Geek Gods and Innerpreneurs, will be right up your alley. Within its pages, you will likely find bits and pieces of yourself, making it all the more fun (or scary) to read. Perhaps even more intriguing still, you'll also see many of your friends and colleagues in the nine "C-Types" Rentel explores.