Staff Picks Rss

We are known for our business book expertise, but most of our staff started working here because of our passion for books, not business. 800-CEO-READ is a company filled with voracious readers—talented, creative individuals who know books, and who excel at getting the right books into the hands of the right people. Whenever we can, we like to do that by telling you about the books we’ve been reading.


Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

By Blyth Meier, published March 8, 2017, at 11:05 AM – Filed under: Big Ideas & New Perspectives, Marketing & Sales

Adam Alter shines a light on behavioral addiction, and re-orients our relationship with the technologies we live with every day.


Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

By Blyth Meier, published February 15, 2017, at 2:29 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Tiffany Dufu helps us clarify what matters most—and what doesn't—so we can leverage our highest and best use at home and work.


What our staff is reading this summer

By Blyth Meier, published August 8, 2016, at 9:11 AM – Filed under: The Company

Summer means lazy vacations and digging in to a good book. Here's what's in our summer reading piles (a.k.a. beach bags).

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You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World

By Blyth Meier, published April 28, 2016, at 10:30 AM – Filed under: Innovation & Creativity, Narrative & Biography

Maya S. Penn's must-read young adult business book is the perfect way to celebrate today's Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.


Born for This, and The Atomic Weight of Love (for What You Do)

By Sally Haldorson, published April 27, 2016, at 1:00 PM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

In Born for This, Chris Guilllebeau has given us a primer on "any number of scenarios that create job dissatisfaction, and reveals tips and tricks on how to make a change."


What Works: Gender Equality By Design

By Sally Haldorson, published April 7, 2016, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Behavioral scientist Iris Bohnet presents 36 research-based design suggestions to circumvent the unconscious biases that prevent gender equality in organizations.


How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life

By Ryan Schleicher, published February 17, 2016, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Caroline Webb shows readers how to use recent discoveries in behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our every day.


The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America

By Michael, published February 16, 2016, at 11:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

In her new book, Ann Neumann looks squarely at the issues surrounding death and dying in America.


This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon

By Sally Haldorson, published February 11, 2016, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers have written a speedy compendium of sports stories and human behavioral tendencies that serves up social science insight with agility and good humor.


The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It...Every Time

By Sally Haldorson, published January 22, 2016, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: Personal Development & Human Behavior

The author of Mastermind, a book that instructed us to think with deduction and precision in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, brings us The Confidence Game, a look at some of the most skillful cons every executed, how the grifters performed them, why people were often willing participants to the bitter end, and how we can be more aware and less likely to be taken for a ride.


What books are you giving this holiday season?

By Blyth Meier, published December 21, 2015, at 9:00 AM – Filed under: The Company

Here’s what our staff is giving this holiday season.

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6 Non-Fiction Gift Books for the Business Reader (and really, anyone)

By Sally Haldorson, published December 15, 2015, at 10:00 AM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy, Management & Workplace Culture

When a tie or scarf just won't do.