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Jack Covert is the founder and former president of 800-CEO-READ. His Jack Covert Selects column grew out of a “new releases” column he ran in the local paper’s business pages, and blossomed into a monthly review series that ran in business journals and newspapers across the country. As the company grew, other members of the management and marketing team began writing reviews for the series, but Jack continued to contribute his own voice until his retirement in 2014. We kept the series—now weekly—alive under his name for another year, and transformed it into our current Editor’s Choice series at the beginning of 2016.




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Jack Covert Selects - Smart People Should Build Things

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 14, 2014, at 4:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America by Andrew Yang, HarperBusiness, 272 pages, $26. 99, Hardcover, February 2014, ISBN 9780062292049 Andrew Yang has a very simple, yet profound idea for the American economy: smart people should build things. By “smart people,” Yang is referring to the academically gifted—the top students from the top universities in America.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 9, 2014, at 8:48 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Tim Harford has a knack for making the complicated, weird, and arcane aspects of economics accessible to the layperson—and a lot of fun to read, to boot. His usual realm is the behavioral, everyday economics of individuals and organizations (his books The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life are both brilliant on that score), but in his new book, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, he goes big and tackles the wider world of macroeconomics.

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Jack Covert Selects - On the Edge

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 9, 2014, at 8:44 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership by Alison Levine, Business Plus, 272 pages, $27. 00, Hardcover, January 2014, ISBN 9781455544875 Alison Levine’s requirements for accepting team members to join her on an expedition up Mount Everest are notably different from those of us who hire employees to join us on our business adventures. In addition to skill and enthusiasm, she explains, “there was the question, Would I trust this person with my life?

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Jack Covert Selects - Body of Work

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 9, 2014, at 8:38 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim, Portfolio, 240 pages, $16. 00, Paperback, January 2014, ISBN 9781591846192 I recall an old employer of mine discussing candidates for a position, complaining “They jump around too much, one year here, another there,” inferring that these nuggets of experience wouldn’t add up to what we needed. I wondered how many other hiring managers felt the same way, and felt sorry for the candidates who had the challenge of telling their story.

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Jack Covert Selects - Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2013, at 4:13 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk, HarperBusiness, 195 pages, $29. 99, Hardcover, December 2013, ISBN 9780062273062 Reading a recent New York Times article about Gary Vaynerchuk, I found a great story that epitomizes who Gary is, and why he’s written Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. About once a week, Gary Vaynerchuk posts a twitter message that reads, “Is there anything I can do for you?

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Jack Covert Selects - Joy, Inc.

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2013, at 4:08 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Joy, Inc. : How We Built a Workplace People Love by Richard Sheridan, Portfolio, 288 pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, December 2013, ISBN 9781591845874 Depending on whom you ask, joy in the workplace may or may not be considered crucial to an organization’s bottom line.

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Jack Covert Selects - Ninety Percent of Everything

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 30, 2013, at 3:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate by Rose George, Metropolitan Books, 304 pages, $28. 00, Hardcover, August 2013, ISBN 9780805092639 There is always one book that arrives with the submissions for our annual book awards that I’m surprised I missed when it came out. This year that book is Ninety Percent of Everything by Rose George, and it is probably my personal favorite of the year.

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Jack Covert Selects - Creative Confidence

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 14, 2013, at 3:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

As children, we were encouraged to practice at everything—our multiplication tables, piano lessons, batting/catching/kicking/throwing. With practice, we were told, comes perfect (or at least proficiency).

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Jack Covert Selects - Dot Complicated

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 14, 2013, at 2:57 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I know people who swear that they would feel isolated if it weren’t for their smart phones and social media. And I know people who have become overwhelmed by the proliferation of devices and digital communication, and don’t welcome technology’s further incursion into their personal lives.

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Jack Covert Selects - Junkyard Planet

By Michael, published November 14, 2013, at 2:51 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter, Bloomsbury Press, 304 pages, $26. 00, Hardcover, November 2013, ISBN 9781608197910 You have probably wondered (and maybe even think you have a good idea of) what happens to your garbage after it leaves your home. But, have you ever wondered how much your garbage is worth?

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Jack Covert Selects - Unlabel

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 15, 2013, at 2:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out by Marc Ecko, Touchstone Books, 304 pages, $30. 00, Hardcover, October 2013, ISBN 9781451685305 You are not a label; you are a brand. This is Marc Ecko’s message in this edgy, blunt, and honest-to-the-point-of-vulnerable book that details his rise from a kid who spray painted t-shirts to a young man running a $500 million global corporation.

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Jack Covert Selects - The Why Axis

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 15, 2013, at 2:01 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life by Uri Gneezy & John List, PublicAffairs, 288 pages, $26. 99, Hardcover, October 2013, ISBN 9781610393119 Advantages are welcome in any economy, regardless of size or complexity, but the stakes are higher in today’s increasingly unstable and turbulent global economy. How can you take yesterday’s and today’s success and extend it over the next five or ten years?