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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.


Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn't Be Done by Mick Ebeling

By Sally Haldorson, published February 20, 2015, at 2:58 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Personal Development & Human Behavior

Doing the Not Impossible is often the result of first saying "Yes."

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Well-Designed by Jon Kolko

By Blyth Meier, published January 13, 2015, at 10:19 AM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Management & Workplace Culture, Marketing & Sales

Jon Kolko’s new offering from Harvard Business Press aims to help conceive, design, and produce better products based on a design process that puts users first.


How Not To Be Wrong

By Michael, published October 25, 2014, at 7:39 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs, Management & Workplace Culture

I have very little background in math ... But, despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf.


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 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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 800-CEO-READ, 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: Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture, Management & Workplace Culture, Narrative & Biography, 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.