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Jack Covert Selects - A Working Stiff's Manifesto

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 23, 2002, at 9:22 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A Working Stiffs Manifesto by Iain Levison; Soho Publishing; 164 Pages; $22. 00 Hardcover; April 2002; ISBN 1569472807 This is another one of those books that doesnt quite fit into any conventional business book category. A Working Stiffs Manifesto is the story of one mans adventures in the job market.

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Jack Covert Selects - First Among Equals

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 22, 2002, at 9:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

First Among Equals: How to Manage a Group of Professionals by Patrick J. McKenna and David H. Maister; Free Press; 288 pages; $26.

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Jack Covert Selects - Small Pieces Loosely Joined

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 21, 2002, at 9:19 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger, Perseus Publishing, 200 Pages, $25. 00 Hardcover, April 2002, ISBN 0738205435 One of the early landmark books about the Internet was The Cluetrain Manifesto, co-authored by David Weinberger. The book was notorious for talking big, even called pretentious, strident, and absolutely brilliant by the reviewer at The Wall Street Journal.

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Jack Covert Selects - Floating on the Page

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 20, 2002, at 9:13 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Floating off the Page: The Best Stories from The Wall Street Journals Middle Column Edited by Ken Wells, Wall Street Journal Books, 280 Pages, $24. 00 Hardcover, April 2001, ISBN 0743226631 As readers of this little exercise called Jack Covert Selects know, I love what I call Airplane Reads. These books should be packed in the front pocket of your carry-on so that when you are waiting out a lay-over or just too bored/tired/burned out to work on the expense report, you can pick it up and have a nice read.

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Jack Covert Selects - Poker MBA

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 7, 2002, at 9:11 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Poker MBA: Winning in Business No Matter What Cards Youre Dealt by Greg Dinkin and Jeffrey Gitomer, Crown Business, 240 Pages, $23. 95 Hardcover, April 2002, ISBN 0609609866 I have followed Jeffrey Gitomers career for many years and even had the privilege of spending a morning with him when he last came through Milwaukee. I learned a tremendous amount about sales (Jeffreys specialty) and my own company during that conversation.

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Jack Covert Selects - The 10 Lenses

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2002, at 10:02 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 10 Lenses: Your Guide to Living & Working in a Multicultural World by Mark A. Williams, Capital Books Inc. , 240 Pages, $14.

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Jack Covert Selects - Making Sense of Strategy

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2002, at 10:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Making Sense of Strategy by Tony Manning, AMACOM, 98 Pages, $19. 95, Hardcover, April 2002, ISBN 0814471560 Strategy made simple, this is. Tony Manning presents his 10 principles to us right off the bat, before the table of contents, before the introduction.

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Jack Covert Selects - A Ghost's Memoir

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2002, at 9:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

A Ghosts Memoir: The Making of Alfred P. Sloans My Years with General Motors; by John MacDonald, MIT Press; 147 pages; $24. 95, Hardcover, May 2002, ISBN 0262134101 I have struggled with my decision to include A Ghosts Memoir on this months list.

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Jack Covert Selects - Breaking the Pattern

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2002, at 9:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Breaking the Pattern: The 5 Principles You Need To Remodel Your Life; by Charles Stuart Platkin; Red Mill Press; 271 pages; $24. 95; Hardcover, ISBN 0971150303 Nature vs Nurture: the age-old argument regarding the origins of human behavior, dysfunctions, and successes. Here, Platkin has researched this argument trying to find out if you can truly remodel your life, or if you are simply destined to repeat destructive or simply unproductive patterns.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Impossible Just Takes a Little Longer

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2002, at 8:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Impossible Just Takes A Little Longer: Living with Purpose and Passion by Art Berg, William Morrow, 200 Pages, $25. 95 Hardcover, February 2002, ISBN 0060199903 I generally have a hard time with reading and reviewing self-help or motivational books because many of the books in that category seem to be too simplistic. So, with a healthy dose of skepticism, I dug into this book, in large part because I was engaged by the subtitle.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 22, 2002, at 8:55 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Pat Lencioni, Jossey Bass Publishers, 220 Pages, $22. 00 Hardcover, March 2002, ISBN 0787960756 Pat Lencioni is the president of a management consulting company in San Francisco and has written two very successful books on leadership. Lencioni excels at using the business fable, a genre I expect can be traced back to Eli Goldratt and The Goal.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Elephant and the Flea

By 800-CEO-READ, published March 5, 2002, at 8:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Elephant and the Flea: Reflections of a Reluctant Capitalist by Charles Handy, Harvard Business School Press, 225 Pages, $24. 95 Hardcover, February 2002, ISBN 1578518229 I must start this review with a confession. In my world, Charles Handy is a god, so if you sense some hero worship in this review, I do not apologize.