October 27, 2008
News & Opinion: Tune In: Muhammad Yunus on Charlie Rose tonight
I thought I'd follow up on Dylan's praise of Charlie Rose. Tonight Charlie is bringing in Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts in microlending and author of both Banker to the Poor and Creating a World Without Poverty. Joining them will be Michael Milken.
NEWS & OPINION: Imagining India & The Blue Sweater
By 800-CEO-READ, published March 27, 2009, at 6:34 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
Jacqueline Novogratz has one of the best stories behind the title of a book I've ever heard (but, I'll let her tell it below). Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund and author of the recently released book, The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. It was our good friend, Seth Godin, who first suggested Jacqueline Novogratz to us, and like everything Seth recommends and supports, this book is pure gold.
NEWS & OPINION: The 2008 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards - New Perspectives Category
By 800-CEO-READ, published December 4, 2008, at 6:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
The books on our 2008 shortlist for the New Perspectives Category are: Creating A World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism by Muhammad Yunus with Karl Weber (PublicAffairs, January 2008) Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his work in creating the Grameen Bank and evangelizing the use of micro-credit lending to alleviate poverty. He believes the next wave of possibility is social business: organizations whose purposes shift from generating profits to solving the problems of those in poverty. The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow (Pantheon, May 2008) The Drunkard's Walk is a wonderful addition to a growing category that Amazon recently called "Why We Act This Way.
NEWS & OPINION: In the Books - Off to the Printers
By 800-CEO-READ, published December 22, 2009, at 6:53 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
We've been working very hard on producing In the Books, our annual review of business books, for many months now. Like the year itself, it wasn't an easy project, but it is always a labor of love and one we're extremely proud of. We've mentioned many times over the year that the downturn in the economy has hit us as it did everyone else out there, and along with focusing on the many books that address—and offer solutions to—the challenges we all face, it is something we go into a bit more personally in this year's annual.
NEWS & OPINION: Two Discussions Worth Having
By 800-CEO-READ, published January 6, 2009, at 7:07 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
The New York Times economics blog, Economix, has had two great posts recently that tie into recent business books and big ideas. The first, Helping People Make Good Choices, was posted on Sunday by economics editor Catherine Rampell and discusses "libertarian paternalism," an idea at the center of Richard Thaler and Cass Sustein's Nudge. It covers irrational behavior (the bane of traditional economists) and the subtle ways in which we can influence people to act in their own and others' best interests.
NEWS & OPINION: Nobel Reading: Books on Muhammad Yunus
By 800-CEO-READ, published October 13, 2006, at 3:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture
Today's Wall Street Journal has a nice series of articles about Muhammad Yunus, who has just won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on microlending, through the Grameen Bank. Tom Peters has an exuberant post on this news which is worth reading. Peters also notes that there are two excellent books worth noting: Banker to the Poor, written by Yunus; and David Bornstein's The Price of A Dream, which was just issued in paperback by Oxford University Press.