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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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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.

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See Jane Lead

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 4, 2007, at 3:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I've had this advanced copy on my desk for a while, and finally had the chance to page through it this morning. I'm always interested in business books directed specifically toward women in business. Sometimes these "girl power" books only reinforce unhealthy attitudes among female professionals who grumble about their minority status in male-dominated fields, yet fail to take action that promotes change.

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Read an excerpt from The New Language of Business

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 23, 2007, at 1:45 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

The new excerpt on our Excerpts blog is from Chapter 11 of The New Language of Business: SOA and Web 2. 0 by Sandy Carter. Carter shows how, by levering SOA (service-oriented architecture), Web 2.

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No "Jack Welch" on the horizon

By 800-CEO-READ, published April 9, 2007, at 6:30 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Publishing Industry

It's interesting how many inquiries we receive regarding "CEO" books. Not from customers, but from the media. There seems to be a fascination with the stories of heroic or villainous business gurus.

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Hot Spots spark innovation

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 28, 2007, at 1:58 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

A few days ago we posted an excerpt from the book Ignited. Here's an excerpt from a February Financial Times article that reviewed Lynda Gratton's new book, Hot Spots: Why Some Teams, Workplaces, And Organizations Buzz With Energy - And Others Don't, another "hot" title this spring: But, if you are lucky, you may also spot the occasional flash of orange or red. These are "hot spots" - "a moment when people are working together in exceptionally creative and collaborative ways .

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New Feature: Book Reviews on Del.icio.us

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 15, 2007, at 2:01 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We pay attention to what many people are writing about business books. Sometimes those articles and blog posts become the basis for a blog post here. Often, those reviews pass into the night—a missed opportunity to inform you of what we are seeing.

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Excerpt from Flower Confidential

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 14, 2007, at 2:26 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's a new entry up on our Excerpts blog. It's a chapter taken from Flower Confidential: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of Flowers by Amy Stewart. Flower Confidential takes us inside the flower trade and reveals what has been gained (and lost) by the new varieties and unusual breeds created in labs, and, of course, the worldwide market for flowers.

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New book excerpt up!

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 2, 2007, at 5:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture, Personal Development & Human Behavior

This morning, Todd gave a nice summary of what's new on our blogs. I'd like to point out that there's also a new entry up on our Excerpts blog. It's an excerpt from The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton.

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Fast Company stuck on Made to Stick

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 15, 2007, at 9:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture, The Company

The February issue of Fast Company magazine is calling Made to Stick a candidate for this year's Freakonomics. It also mentions Dreaming in Code by Scott Rosenberg and Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart. That reminds me, have I mentioned lately that Dan Heath and Chip Heath (authors of Made to Stick) will be in Milwaukee on February 6?

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The Other Side

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 22, 2006, at 8:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I have officially come over to the Other Side. Thats right, the newest member of the 800-CEO-READ team has just been beamed up and set down running. Im Rebecca, and I come to you from 8crs sister company (and office neighbor), Harry W.