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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.


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.


Desperate Times, Different Measures

By Sally Haldorson, published November 18, 2011, at 7:42 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Of course the saying goes, "Desperate times call for desperate measures. " With our depressed economy, it can certainly seem like desperate times filled with risk on a daily basis. Perhaps you wake up in the middle of the night remembering a deadline that passed without you noticing just a few hours before, and you suddenly worry that one mistake might be the last straw.


Halloween, Zombies and the Devil's Derivatives

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 31, 2011, at 7:20 PM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs

This may be a ghost story. It happened on a dark night mistaken for morning in America, a night that would descend over the entire financial world. Nicholas Dunbar sets the scene in his book, The Devil's Derivatives: For most of it's history, our financial system was built by on the stolid, cautious decisions of bankers, the men who hate to lose.



By 800-CEO-READ, published October 25, 2011, at 8:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Oftentimes, when someone lies to us, we think, "I knew that wasn't true. " Yet, for a moment, we trusted them, and we believed they were being honest. We then wonder how we could have been more certain up front, and not have been fooled.


Doing the Right Thing

By Sally Haldorson, published October 24, 2011, at 10:29 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In 2007, we chose a book called Responsibility at Work as the winner of the Personal Development category for that year's Business Book of the Year Awards. It was the first time I'd been exposed to Howard Gardner's work--he is prolific*, so the book we featured was only a small part of his overall catalog--, and I became quite interested in his Theory of Multiple Intelligences. I don't recall if I've ever taken an official IQ test but I can tell you I wouldn't have done well on it.

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Practical Genius

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 6, 2011, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Geniuses are people on a higher level. We imagine them as gurus and experts whose every word seems like the perfect articulation of whatever it is they speak of. And certainly, those people do exist.

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The Coming Jobs War

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 4, 2011, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Right now, some of us are sitting in positions we've held for years, and looking forward to staying that way. Others are scrambling to prove their worth in a highly competitive market. Yet others still may have given up, after years of trying to find work, with no hope in site.