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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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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.

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Excerpt from Be the Elephant

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 22, 2007, at 2:50 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The new selection on our Excerpts blog is from the Preface of Be the Elephant: Build a Bigger, Better Business by Steve Kaplan. He helps readers understand the exact nature of their business by showing how to define objectives, identify risks, and get the operation on solid footing. Be the Elephant is the second book in a series aimed at helping solve the real issues faced by business owners, professionals, sales professionals, managers--anyone charged with growing any part of a business.

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An excerpt from The Black Swan

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 14, 2007, at 3:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Visit our Excerpts Blog to read an excerpt from The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Here are a few of the media hits Taleb has received: Wired Magazine The Wall Street Journal Financial Times And here's what we've written about it on our site: My Review of Portfolio's Book Reviews The Black Swan - Few and Far Between From the book: What we call here a Black Swan (and capitalize it) is an event with the following three attributes. First, it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility.

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New Excerpt!

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 10, 2007, at 3:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new excerpt up on the Excerpts Blog. It's taken from the introduction to Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming by Paul Hawken. This movement, however, doesn't fit the standard model.