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ISBN 9780061734618 Published Jan. 4, 2011
William Morrow & Company
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Posted Dec. 31, 2011 5:10 a.m. by dylan
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2011 was the second year that Inc. magazine partnered with us to spread the word on what books are leaving our warehouse in great numbers every month, heading out to businesspeople and their organizations to solve problems, promote change and inspire leadership. We've now compiled the Inc./800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller numbers for the entire year, giving weight to both total sales numbers and how long each book stayed on the list (and at what number). And, for the second straight year, Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath has topped the list. Here are the rest of
the bestsellers of 2011.
- Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, Gallup Press
- What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, Hyperion Books
- From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jossey-Bass
- Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by William C. Taylor, William Morrow & Company
- The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk, HarperBusiness
- What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan, Harvard Business School Press
- How to Market to People Not Like You: "Know It or Blow It" Rules for Reaching Diverse Customers by Kelly McDonald, John Wiley & Sons
- Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg & John David Mann, Portfolio
- Make It in America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy by Andrew Liveris, John Wiley & Sons
- Unfair Advantage: The Power of Financial Education by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Plata Publishing
- Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us about Innovation by Frans Johansson, Harvard Business School Press
- The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter, and More Social by Jay Baer & Amber Naslund, John Wiley & Sons
- Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines—And How It Will Change Our Lives by Miguel Nicolelis, Times Books
- From the Jungle to the Boardroom by Mike Monahan, Beacon Publishing
- Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Business Plus
- Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage by Scott Keller & Colin Price, John Wiley & Sons
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Broadway Business
- Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence by Tim Sanders, Tyndale House Publishers
- Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, Hyperion Books
- Relationship Economics: Transform Your Most Valuable Business Contacts Into Personal and Professional Success (Revised, Updated) by David Nour, John Wiley & Sons
- It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy by D. Michael Abrashoff, Warner Books
- The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin, The Penguin Press
- Look at More: A Proven Approach to Innovation, Growth, and Change by Andy Stefanovich, Jossey-Bass
- Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life by Stefan Swanepoel, John Wiley & Sons
- The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don't by Kenneth L Fisher with Jennifer Chou & Lara Hoffmans, John Wiley & Sons
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Jack Covert Selects – Practically Radical
Posted Jan. 13, 2011 9:51 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself by William C. Taylor, William Morrow & Co., 320 pages, $27.99, Hardcover, January 2011, ISBN 9780061734618
If you made a resolution of any kind for the coming year—for your business or for yourself—Bill Taylor’s new book, Practically Radical, should be the first book of the year you read. As a great admirer of Fast Company magazine, which Taylor cofounded, and his first book, Mavericks at Work, I have been looking forward to this one since I saw it listed in the publisher catalog—and it didn’t disappoint.
In the introduction, Taylor tells the story of his struggle with the topic and timing of the book. Would people have any use for a book about fundamental change and transformation in the midst of a recession? Wouldn’t most business people be retrenching, cutting back and going conservative? But he realized that “turbulent times were precisely the right time to explore the hard work of making big change.”
If you’re an avid business book reader, you know that most books don’t need to be read cover-to-cover, that you can pretty easily find what’s applicable to your situation and skim the rest. Taylor isn’t shy about letting you know that about his book. In fact, he tells you upfront exactly where to start based on what kind of change you’re interested in:
If big-company change is your first order of business, then begin with the materials in Chapters 1 through 3 and move ahead from there. But if the challenges of launching something new (inside an established organization or with a blank-sheet-of-paper start-up) are what keep you up at night, then begin with the material in Chapters 4 through 6 and move around at your discretion. (My guess is that nearly all readers will turn at some point to the material on “Challenging Yourself” that begins with Chapter 7.)
Chapter 7’s “Leadership Without All the Answers,” which touts the pragmatic but status quo challenging advice to “invite bright people throughout the organization to share insights, talents, and ideas” is where I started, but I soon found myself consuming the entire book with enthusiasm. Taylor is such a deliberate writer and tells such unpredictable stories—like the opening story about the Providence Police Department—that I just couldn’t put the book down.
Above all, Practically Radical is, well, a radically practical book, chock-full of instantly applicable ideas and lessons. But it is also a perception-changing book from the start (wherever you start it), beginning with the first chapter, “What You See Shapes How You Change.” Taylor will help improve that vision and help you enact change that works.