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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.




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Review of The Radical Edge by Marianne Powers

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 28, 2006, at 6:24 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Radical Edge by Steve Farber Have you ever had a WUP upside your head? In The Radical Edge, Steve Farber gets hit with a WUP (Wake-Up Pad) by his friend Smitty, a hyperactive beach bum and successful CIO (Clear Insight Officer) with red dreadlocks, a giant, red mustache, and round, lemon-yellow sunglasses perched on top of his wide, prominent nose. He also consults with a tall, slightly plump African-American woman named Agnes, at least 90 years old, with gray, luminous eyes, who tells Steves leadership trainee that shell kick his ass from here to Hialeah if she thinks it will help him but then explains that it all starts with the heart.

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Review of Values-Driven Business by Maryann Devine

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 21, 2006, at 5:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun by Ben Cohen and Mal Warwick Values-Driven Business is essentially a how-to book. Since one of the authors is Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream, I expected something a little tastier than this plain vanilla account of the various ways that owners of businesses big and small can incorporate their values into their practices. While the authors praise companies like Cohens for their outspokenness, they play it safe themselves in descriptions of missions and initiatives in dull prose that is anything but inspiring.

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Dealing with Darwin reviewed by Heather Gazdik

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 20, 2006, at 1:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Dealing with Darwin By Geoffrey Moore, Portfolio, December 2005 Geoffrey Moore has written an excellent narrative about how companies can improve their innovation processes. In my opinion, it is one of the biggest challenges that businesses have faced, now face, and will face. Many don't get it right.

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10 Rules for Strategic Innovators reviewed by Paul Scott

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 15, 2006, at 7:26 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, Harvard Business School Press, December 2005 In 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble discuss what a company needs to do to give strategic innovation the best chance for success. The authors define strategic innovation as the use of strategic experiments high-growth potential new businesses that test the viability of an unproven business model. One of the more recognizable examples of a strategic experiment includes GM and their business unit OnStar.

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10 Rules for Strategic Innovators reviewed by Arun Sadhashivan

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 15, 2006, at 7:09 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble, Harvard Business School Press, December 2005 I loved this book. Its written for entrepreneurs, and mirrors what folks like me who do this every day either in our own businesses or at our clients organizations. Id recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone struggling to fit strategy, innovation and execution together in their organizations.

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The Radical Edge reviewed by Nathan Gilliatt

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 8, 2006, at 3:12 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of The Radical Edge by Steve Farber, Kaplan, April 2006 I read a lot of non-fiction, and I don't usually have much patience for business books written as stories. In fact, I wasn't sure what word to use to describe the genre until I looked up Farber's other book after reading this one. Ah, here we go: business fable.

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The Radical Edge review by Jim Egly

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 8, 2006, at 2:31 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of The Radical Edge By Steve Farber, Kaplan, April 2006 Ah, the joy of summertime. A chance to slow down and take some time off. Maybe a quick trip to beach or a visit to family members.

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The Radical Edge reviewed...

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 8, 2006, at 2:28 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Good Morning! Today I'll post a few more reader reviews on The Radical Edge. It's a great read.

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Whatever You Think Review by Rob Marsh

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 31, 2006, at 2:30 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite By Paul Arden, Penguin, April 2006 Paul Ardens latest book, Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite, is the kind of book I want to like. Its written by a former Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi. It features lots of pictures and short bursts of thought.

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Whatever You Think Review by John Brothers

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 31, 2006, at 2:17 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite By Paul Arden, Penguin, April 2006 In some ways, this book is remarkably inspiring. In other ways, it is quite frustrating. For me, the principle behind the book, which isn't really apparent from the title is: Break the "rules" and do things your way.

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The book reviews continue...

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 31, 2006, at 2:05 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Several people have been reviewing various business books. Today I'll be posting two reviews on the book Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite. The reviewers, John Brothers and Rob Marsh will give you two different perspectives of the book.

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Dealing With Darwin Review by Kurt B

By 800-CEO-READ, published May 24, 2006, at 1:58 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Review of Dealing with Darwin By Geoffrey Moore, Portfolio, December 2005 Moore continues the theme from his previous books of analyzing different stages of a company's (or product line's) life and the corresponding appropriate product development and marketing strategies. Once again he demonstrates he has given this concept more thought than most. It is probably important to point out that the subtitle "How great companies innovate .