You're darn tootin' Wednesday links. We're leaving the realm of the Internets until Monday, so we thought we'd leave you some reading material until we get back.
We know this last year hasn't been an easy one for many people. It was a year many of us or our friends lost their jobs. It was a year that saw the closing of the Milwaukee institution we sprang forth from, Harry W. Bookshops, after 80 years in business. Everything certainly did look grim there for awhile, and for many it still does. But, we still feel we have a lot to be thankful for and hope that those of you on the other side of this screen feel the same. In other words... Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
◊ Company friend and former president Todd Sattersten linked to a great series from the wonderful illustrator Scott Campbell earlier this week (with a tip of the hat to Dave Gray and Adland). It's an illustrated guide to ideas and how to kill them. Here's a sample of Cambell's work.
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.
The strategy + business annual books list is always one of the finest and most anticipated of the year. They get really smart and talented people who know how to pick 'em, and have them write (always highly intelligent and insightful) essays on their category—and, of course, the books in it. I've listed the picks below, but it really is worth heading over to strategy + business for the essays.
Marc Hershon and Jonathan Littman have been hard at work promoting their new book, I HATE PEOPLE! , Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job. You may recognize Jonathan Littman for co-authoring a few 8CR favorites, The Art of Innovation, which is featured in the 100 Best, and The Ten Faces of Innovation which we've written about periodically over the years.
Exposed: The Alpha Businessman's Non-Feminine Ways by Andrea Learned
I'm not sure I've ever come across a guy as "alpha" as Christopher V. Flett, the author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business. He just doesn't seem like the type of guy who'd be capable of casually enjoying a happy hour beer.
I know I am a little late on getting the Strategy and Business list posted, but here is a summary of the list with the books and the links to the articles. The first book under each heading s+b's top shelf pick for that subject:
Confronting Reality by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan
The Future of Competition by C. K.
Here is another feature we are going to try on for size. I thought it might be interesting to see what books the business media is picking up on. In our first installment, we are going to look at the May issue of Business 2.