Excerpts Rss

Finding the right book at the right moment can be life changing. Picking up the wrong one is a waste of time and money. To know which it will be, you need to start reading. We help you get started by bringing you excerpts of the latest books so you can find the right one for you.



By 800-CEO-READ, published November 23, 2010, at 12:41 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

This week we have an excerpt from The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. You may remember Taleb from his bestselling The Black Swan or his first book, Fooled by Randomness. Taleb is a big thinker, and The Bed of Procrustes is a collection of "philosophical and practical aphorisms" from the author.

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A Guest Post from Pinkett and Robinson

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 18, 2010, at 6:34 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Randall Pinkett was the winner of season four of The Apprentice, and the show's first minority winner. Rather awkwardly, after he was "hired," he was also the only winner ever asked by "The Donald" to share his victory with the runner-up. Not a fan of the show, I didn't know of those events until I picked up Dr.

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An Excerpt from Social Innovation, Inc.

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 15, 2010, at 8:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Today, we have an excerpt from Jason Saul's new book, Social Innovation, Inc. , published by Jossey-Bass last month. Recognizing the influence that global corporations have on almost every aspect of our lives today, Jason asked himself some very tricky questions, like: Could Walmart possibly offer a better solution to health care than Medicaid?

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Explaining Goat Economics by Vikram Akula

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 8, 2010, at 9:53 PM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity

Vikram Akula, founder and chairperson of the SKS Microfinance, was kind enough to provide a post for us this week. In it, he tells the story of how he ended up meeting with some of the richest men Earth to explain to them how the poor make money. His new book, A Fistful of Rice, Is being released tomorrow by Harvard Business Review Press.


An Excerpt from The Leader's Guide to Radical Management

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 1, 2010, at 7:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We chose Stephen Denning's book, The Secret Language of Leadership, as the best book on leadership in our first annual business book awards in 2007. We first met him in 2008, when we were fortunate enough to have him come speak at our author pow-wow. We were so impressed by the talk he gave that, when we were planning this year's gathering, there was no question as to whether or not we'd invite him back.


An Excerpt from The Watchman's Rattle

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 25, 2010, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

We currently post links on Friday to provide you with a bevy of informative and interesting weekend reading. I am hoping to start a new trend here on Mondays—excerpts and guest posts—to provide some consistent insights to begin the week with. We'll see how it goes.


The Doorbell is Dead: A Guest Post from Ed Muzio

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 29, 2010, at 2:00 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear, nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life .


Holy Water: An Excerpt

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 17, 2010, at 7:52 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Like great fiction, good advertising tells a story. It creates an alternate reality we want to enter. So when an ad man like James P.


An Excerpt from Conquer the Chaos

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 9, 2010, at 6:06 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

You hear people (especially politicians and television's talking heads) talk about America's "entrepreneurial spirit" all of the time. But, no matter how often we hear it, it never sounds like a cliché; it always rings true. .


Dan Ariely on Blogging

By Jack, published May 20, 2010, at 8:06 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

In a sidebar from his new book, The Upside of Irrationality, Dan Ariely has a piece called "Blogging for Treats. " "Now think about blogging. The number of blogs out there is astounding, and it seems that almost everyone has a blog or is thinking about starting one.



By 800-CEO-READ, published January 14, 2010, at 5:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Mojo - Some people don't take this stuff seriously, but it's a big deal. It sounds mystical and fluffy, but it isn't. It's real.


An Excerpt from Full of Bull

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 31, 2009, at 3:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

5 Strategies for Investing Properly, Cautiously, and Intelligently in This Bear Market By Stephen T. McClellan This is a perilous period in the stock market; a deceptive bear market that disguises its downward drift. Beware of misleading Wall Street doubletalk, as it tempts investors into this dangerous bear market.