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Posted Oct. 27, 2005 10:06 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Lists - 800 CEO Read Blog
I found a gem locked away in my email this morning. Our friend Kevin Carroll sent me a list of the books he gives out at his seminars. It is a great list. I am just going to let it speak for itself.
- The Art of Business by Stan Davis and David McIntosh
- Bang! By Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
- Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
- Discover Your Genius by Michael J. Gelb
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly
- How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gelb
- Jamming by John Kao
- Juice: The Creative Fuel That Drives World-Class Inventors by Evan I. Schwartz
- Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders
- Lovemarks: The Future Beyond Brands by Kevin Roberts
- Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon Mackenzie
- Primal Leadership by Danielle Coleman
- Purple Cow by Seth Godin
- Rules of the Red Rubber Ball by Kevin Carroll
- The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
- The Five Faces of Genius by Annette Moser-Wellman
- The Map of Innovation by Kevin O’Connor
- The Power of Cult Branding by Matthew W. Ragas and Bolivar J. Bueno
- The Power of the Tale by Julie Allan, Gerard Fairtlough and Barbara Heinzen
- The Story Factor by Annette Simmons
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
- The Visionary’s Handbook by Jim Taylor and Watts Wacker
- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
- Unstuck by Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro
- Why Not? By Barry Nalebuff and Ian Ayres
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
- Roadtrip Nation by Mike Marriner and Nathan Gebhard
- The Battle Against Boredom by Ray Nelson
- Cool To Be Kind by Val Litwin, Chris Bratseth, Brad Stokes, and Erik Hanson
A Whole New Mind: Meaning Portfolio
Posted March 25, 2005 1:21 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
In Excerpts and Essays - 800 CEO Read Blog
Take the 20-10 Test
I heard this exercise from Jim Collins, author of the blockbuster book Good to Great. He encourages people to look at their lives--in particular, their work--and ask themselves whether they would still do what they're doing now if they had twenty million dollars in the bank or knew they had no more than 10 years to live. For instance, if you inherted $20 million dollars, no strings attached, would you spend your days the way you spend them now? If you knew you had at the most ten years to live, would still with your current job? If the answer is no, that ought you tell you something. This test alone obviously can't determine your life course. But the approach is smart--and the answers will be clarifying.
Read These Books
Recommending Books about Meaning is difficult. Much of the world's great literature and religious texts tackle the topic of what Meaning is and how to find it. So the following book recommendations don't trump great novels or sacred texts. Read the Sermon on the Mount, sections of Torah, and parts of the Koran, too, if you'd like. But for more secular, contemporary, and prescriptive guides to Meaning, consider any of these fine books.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl--Simply one of the most important books you'll ever read.
Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman--It astonishes me that more people haven't read this book and absorbed its lessons. It's a perfect introduction to positive psychology and contains all sorts of exercises to help you put the findings into action in your own life. Also visit the accompanying Web site.
Flow by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi--"Flow", when you're absorbed and enthralled in an activity that your sense of time and place, is an important component of Meaning. This book is your guide.
[There are a few other recommedations in the book -t.s.]
Worthwhile Business Books
Posted Dec. 7, 2004 3:04 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Lists - 800 CEO Read Blog
I picked up a copy of the new Worthwhile magazine. Multiple bloggers (Curt and Halley) associated with the magazine report that sales are very good on the permiere issue . My personal effort to get a copy required calls to three bookstores in the Milwaukee area.
There are a number of business book references I wanted to point out.
- In her opening letter from the editors, Anita Sharpe says some of the best advice she ever got was from Not Fade Away by Peter Barton with Laurence Shames. One of the quotes is "If you work for fun, money will come. If you set out to work for money alone, enjoyment is not likely a part of the equation."
- Anita lists her favorite business book as The Republic of Tea by Mel Ziegler, Bill Rosenzweig, and Patricia Ziegler [out of print]
- There is an article based on the book Saving the Corporate Soul (& Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own by David Batstone.
- Halley Suitt interviews three well-known bloggers:
- Dan Gillmor's closest biz book recommendation is his desire to read Chernow's Alexander Hamilton
- Brad Feld tells folks to read The MouseDriver Chronicles: True Life Adventures of Two First-Time Entreprenuers by John Lusk and Kyle Harrison. He also says to read Flow by Csikszentmihalyi ("the original philosophy of optimal experience").
- John Porcaro lists all sorts of biz books - Re-Imagine, 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, Love is the Killer App, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Execution, Follow This Path, and Primal Leadership.
- There is a one pager with Tom Peters and an excerpt from Project04: Snapshots of Excellence in Unstable Times (see Brand Autopsy's post on P04).
- Finally, they run an excerpt from Business Evolves, Leadership Endures by Andrea Redmond, Charles Tribbett III, and Bruce Kasanoff
Posted June 25, 2004 7:12 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Personal Development - 800 CEO Read Blog
On my long list of books to read is "something" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. In Re-imagine, Tom Peters recommends Becoming Adult. In May, The Monday Morning Book Club at the Miami Herald reviewed his book Good Leadership. You might also recognize the title Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
I am going to have to move Mihaly up on my list.
Jack Covert Selects - Bringing Your Soul to Work
Posted Sept. 7, 2000 5:20 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
Bringing Your Soul to Work: An Everyday Practice by Cheryl L. Peppers & Alan Briskin, Berrett Koehler Publishers, 200 Pages, $16.95 Paperback, September 2000, ISBN 1576751112
In the past, I have talked about how I choose the books for Jack Covert Selects, noting such key things as the pedigree of the author, the track record of the publisher, etc. With Bringing Your Soul to Work, I confess that what first drew me to this particular book was the cover. Books are piled all over my desk, often indistinguishable from one another. But after having an unusually stressful day, this book reached out to me. It has one of the most peaceful, serene covers I have ever seen. Imagine my surprise when I started to read it and couldn't put it down.
First, let me ask you a couple of questions. Do you have days when your job is just a job, and you dream of that tropical island, a fruity drink with a little umbrella, and the sound of the surf? Does the end of the workday simply remind you that there is another workday ahead? Have you ever sat in your car in the office parking lot, wondering if you have enough energy (or enthusiasm) to put your feet on the pavement and walk through the office door? I have. Maybe we all have. So, if something just doesn't seem right in your work life, then you need to read this book. Ideally, it will help you define the role work has in your life, and the role your life has in your work. Bringing Your Soul to Work is extremely well-designed and intended to be "user-friendly." After you have read the introduction and the first chapter, "The Inner Wilderness of Soul," you can pick and choose which sections you wish to concentrate on. The authors call it: determining your "own best rhythm." The authors then help you along with icons denoting any questions that could use deeper reflection, or should be put into a journal. Oh, and don't be put off by the references to "soul." I was concerned that this book may contain a religious agenda, but the authors add a great chart in the early part of the book that shows you what they mean by the word "soul"- the word has mixed Hebrew, Gnostic, Christian, Taoist, Greek and African philosophies.