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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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By 800-CEO-READ, published June 7, 2012, at 10:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck.

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By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2012, at 8:34 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture, Narrative & Biography, Personal Development & Human Behavior, Publishing Industry, The Company

We're very pleased to announce the official opening of KnowledgeBlocks, a subscription-based service and online resource that gives readers access to quality content and business resources, a way to save, organize, and customize the information that is important to them, and engages business authors and thought leaders to help solve business problems and build new knowledge. Among the key features of the site, subscribers have access to the following: Explorations: Every month we publish three business book explorations that examine a narrow subject within a broader business topic. Each begins with a featured book and then branches out in unexpected directions, introducing you to author insights via podcast or interview, other related must-reads, curated links, and brief analyses that will help you build your business knowledge.

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Resonate: Now at the Tip of Your Fingers

By Sally Haldorson, published April 25, 2012, at 3:42 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In the 2011 paperback edition of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, author Todd Sattersten included a new sidebar of the best books on using visual thinking in business because, to play off an old saying, sometimes a picture is worth more than 1000 words. The list of recommended titles included Dan Roam's Back of the Napkin, Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, and Dona W. Wong's Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics.


Models Behaving Badly

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2012, at 9:10 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Models Behaving Badly has nothing to do with TMZ or a Harlequin novel. The models at the heart of this book are not beautiful people that fashion designers drape their creations over, but financial models that financiers and money managers try to drape reality over in order to make predictions about the market—and, of course, gobs of money. The author, Emanuel Derman, is a former theoretical physicist and used to be the head quant (quantitative analyst) at Goldman Sachs, so this is not cheap or easy entertainment.


The New Theseus and Novelty Minotaur

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 29, 2012, at 7:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Theseus was always in search of his next adventure, choosing to travel overland to meet his father in Athens so he could clear the road of its notorious monsters and villains (such as Procrustes, who business book readers may recognize from Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Bed of Procrustes) rather than taking the safer sea route suggested by his grandfather. And when he learned that Athens was sending seven young men and seven women in war tribute each year to be devoured by the Minotaur—the half-bull, half man pet monster of the cruel King Minos of Crete—he decided he would be one of the fourteen to go, that he would try to rid the world of yet another monster. Winifred Gallagher's recently released New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change, explains the tendencies each of us has (or lacks) for novelty and new experiences—or neophilia—and what those tendencies mean for each of us and our collective future.


Who’s in the Room?

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 22, 2012, at 2:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There is a misconception in American business that Bob Frisch says is getting in the way of getting things done and hewants to correct it. That’s the misconception that senior management teams, or SMTs, make the decisions in business today. I may have shocked or surprised you with that statement, but if you have ever asked, or been asked, “Why wasn’t I in the room,” then you’ve had a taste of the challenge.


A (Quiet) Room of One's Own

By Sally Haldorson, published February 16, 2012, at 7:12 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture, Personal Development & Human Behavior

In a 1929 essay, Virginia Woolf wrote that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. " There has been much literary analysis (and some criticism) of this assertion, and, over time it seems her call has been taken up by proponents of nearly every minority facing systemic repression, but in the context of the time, Woolf was being quite literal and pragmatic. Women rarely had space to call their own in which to do their own work.


Paper Promises

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 7, 2012, at 10:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Our economic lives could literally stop on a dime. All it would take is an agreement redefining what a dime is, or is worth, backed by or tied to. It's happened before, and The Economist's "Buttonwood" columnist Philip Coggan believes it will inevitably happen again as the great international play of creditors and debtors enters its next act.

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Where Did the Jobs Go?

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 31, 2012, at 1:04 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

From the authors of Where Does the Money Go? : Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis and Who Turned Out the Lights? : Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis, comes a new book about an issue of grave national importance that has touched most of our lives recently, and will be central to the political debate this election year.

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The B2B Executive Playbook

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 19, 2012, at 10:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Selling to consumers is different than selling to businesses. Most marketers and business strategists understand this empirically, but it doesn’t stop them from trying to use celebrity spokespeople and other tried and true consumer approaches to sell to business markets. Why is this the case?

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Taking People With You

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 18, 2012, at 5:43 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Over the course of several decades in business, David Novak has worked his way up in the Pepsi Cola North America Co. through sales and marketing, into what was then its fast food division. In the late 1990s, the restaurants were spun off into a separate company and Novak went with them.

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From Values to Action

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 10, 2012, at 12:42 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

"The National Leadership Index 2010, compiled by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, showed that American's confidence in their leaders was 'significantly below average' for a third year in a row. " From Values to Action, page 3.