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Our staff has been following business books for decades. We know the genre, and how to put new books in a larger context for you. These are our most recent staff picks.


Good Enough for the #Girlboss

By Sally Haldorson, published September 20, 2014, at 6:09 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Ironically, the reason I haven't had a chance to write a recommendation of #Girlboss, which released in May, is because I've been busy being a #girlboss.

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Greg McKeown's Essentialism

By Dylan Schleicher, published May 14, 2014, at 11:26 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Greg McKeown has a stomach-sinking story to tell near the beginning of his new book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, about the day after his daughter was born. Fortunately, the little lady was okay, "healthy and happy at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. " But not everything was well with Daddy.

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Two Laurens and a Welcome to the Real World

By Dylan Schleicher, published May 1, 2014, at 3:28 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

For the past six months, we've had a fantastic young lady called Lauren (Lo) Holman interning for us—teaching us more about the world of online social medias with all its tumbles and tweetings and books of faces that link us all in together. She's been a great help to us here, and we will miss her greatly when she leaves us next week. But, before she does, she has done us one final solid by writing up a review of "the intern queen" Lauren Berger's new book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career.


Our Best Business Book of 2013, now in paperback!

By Sally Haldorson, published April 29, 2014, at 6:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture, Personal Development & Human Behavior

“Given what I do now, most people are surprised to learn that I did not start my academic career until I was thirty-seven and spent most of my twenties unemployed, much of the time deeply uncertain about who I was and what I wanted to do. But I count those years as the most important of my life. It was during that intense period of living with failure that I gained my first insights into the meaning of success.


No Bullsh*t

By Dylan Schleicher, published April 28, 2014, at 9:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The red tape, the unpleasant processes, the difficult tasks, the challenging co-workers, the negative environments, the unfair advantages, and the list goes on. Yes, it's true, there's a lot of "bs" in business, but the path through it becomes much clearer by reading the new book by Geoffrey James titled, Business Without Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know. Whether you're a manager of people, or simply a manager of your own work and relationships, this book has essential tips for making the day-to-day stuff more productive, and the long-term projection more successful.


Tabatha Coffey Owns It!

By Dylan Schleicher, published April 21, 2014, at 2:43 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Own It: Be the Boss of Your Life—at Home and in the Workplace. This advice is not for the faint of heart, or for people that just want to coast through their jobs and life. This is a no holds barred, take no prisoners approach to waking yourself up and getting yourself back in control!


Women Authors, Business Women

By Sally Haldorson, published January 23, 2014, at 12:16 AM – Filed under: Biography & Narrative, Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture, Management & Workplace Culture, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Upon first glance at this post, you may feel compelled to ask: why are you singling out business books written by women authors about women in business, directed (at least to some degree) to a female audience? Well, because the reality is that, according to the U. S.

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The Everything Store by Brad Stone

By Sally Haldorson, published December 4, 2013, at 9:51 PM – Filed under: Publishing Industry

So, how does a specialty bookseller like 800-CEO-READ tackle reviewing Brad Stone's new book on the biggest bookstore in the world? We could ignore the book. We could deride the book.


Minding Your Manners

By Sally Haldorson, published September 26, 2013, at 11:07 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Sometimes it seems like business has two faces. One is ruthless; ambitious people are encouraged to be relentless, take-no-prisoners assertive. The "soft stuff" is considered just that: soft.


Zentrepreneur: Create a Culture of Innovation and Fearlessness by John J. Murphy

By Sally Haldorson, published September 25, 2013, at 12:06 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Rather antithetically, Murphy isn't suggesting we get out in front of the pack to lead it, but instead step aside by creating a system that allows for change.


Saatchi & Saatchi: A Love Affair

By Michael, published August 27, 2013, at 12:02 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Love. It’s what smart companies want from their customers, followers, and fans. Many companies successfully establish their brands, but don’t take the extra steps to earn love from their audiences.


Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

By Sally Haldorson, published August 19, 2013, at 10:30 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

In 1990, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote one of the classic books on creativity, Flow. We opened our tallying of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time with Flow because the book is about optimal experiences, "those times when people report feelings of concentration and deep enjoyment," and many people either access that feeling or wish to access that feeling at work. In that book, Csikszentmihalyi provides his theory behind the flow state and argues that such an unconscious contentedness is not as unpreditable or fortuitous as most people think.