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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.


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.


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.

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Amaze Every Customer Every Time

By Sally Haldorson, published August 16, 2013, at 11:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Customers don't do business with a company. They do business with the people who work for the company. Everyone seems to have a story about their favorite Ace Hardware store.

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You Are Now Less Dumb

By Michael, published August 14, 2013, at 11:00 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Personal Development & Human Behavior

I like to think. At least I like to think that I like to think. This idea I have about myself is exactly what drove me to pick up David McRaney’s new book, You Are Now Less Dumb.

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Take a Day Off: Read a Book!

By Sally Haldorson, published August 13, 2013, at 12:37 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It is nearing the end of summer, at least in these parts, but there is still time to whittle down that long "to-read-on-vacation" list that you might have created in May, imaging long hot days laying in the sun, book in hand. If you are like me, summer is never quite the vast wasteland of time during which I can read to my heart's content that I always hope it will be. Instead, it is usually a time of rushing around the city from event to event, doing home and yard work, taking my child to a park/pool/playdate, and generally feeling like the summer is going by way too fast.


Become the Real Deal

By Michael, published July 26, 2013, at 1:22 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Personal Development & Human Behavior

I’ve recently caught myself using the phrase, “(s)he’s the real deal,” when talking to friends and colleagues about people who have distinct reputations for success or innovation. It’s somewhat aphorismic, but what does this phrase even mean? Off the bat, there’s one word that comes to mind: authenticity.

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Time for Design

By Sally Haldorson, published July 24, 2013, at 7:44 PM – Filed under: Narrative & Biography

I've had a copy of Lee Devin and Robert D. Austin's book, The Soul of Design: Harnessing the Power of Plot to Create Extraordinary Products, on my desk since September. On it was a little sticky note that read, "blog," as a reminder to myself that I wanted to take a longer look when time allowed.