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Posted Dec. 30, 2010 8:57 a.m. by dylan
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This year saw a big development in our monthly bestseller lists, as Inc. magazine decided to partner with us to spread the word about what books businesspeople are purchasing for themselves and their teams. Thus was born the Inc./800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List.
We've recently compiled the 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 we are now pleased to present
the bestsellers of 2010.
- Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath; Gallup Press
- The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg, John David Mann ; Portfolio
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard By Chip Heath, Dan Heath, Broadway
- Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World by John Hope Bryant; Jossey-Bass
- Return of the Gold: The Journey of Jerry Colangelo and the Redeem Team by Dan Bickley; Morgan James Publishing
- Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit and Drives Tomorrow's Growth By Inder Sidhu , FT Press
- Rich Dad's Conspiracy of the Rich: The 8 New Rules of Money by Robert T Kiyosaki; Business Plus
- Accelerating Out of the Great Recession: How to Win in a Slow-Growth Economy by David Rhodes, Daniel Stelter; McGraw-Hill
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin; Portfolio
- What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter; Hyperion
- How Companies Win: Profiting from Demand-Driven Business Models No Matter What Business You're In by Rick Kash, David Calhoun ; HarperBusiness
- Keep Swinging: An Entrepreneur's Story of Overcoming Adversity & Achieving Small Business Success by Jay Myers, Darren Dahl; Morgan James Publishing
- Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone Is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone by Mitch Joel, Business Plus
- Rich Dad's Prophecy: Why the Biggest Stock Market Crash in History Is Still Coming... and How You Can Prepare Yourself and Profit from It! by Robert T Kiyosaki, Sharon L Lechter; Business Plus
- Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It by Marshall Goldsmith; Hyperion
- The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace by Lynn Lancaster, David Stillman; HarperBusiness
- Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down by Vineet Nayar, Harvard Business Press
- The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures by Frans Johansson; Harvard Business Press
- Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon; Crown
- Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business by Josh Bernoff, Ted Schadler; Harvard Business Press
- The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? by Ian Bremmer; Portfolio
- Spend Shift: How the Post-Crisis Values Revolution Is Changing the Way We Buy, Sell, and Live By John Gerzema, Michael D'Antonio; Jossey-Bass
- Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuck; Harper Studio
- The Mirror Test: Is Your Business Really Breathing? by Jeffrey W Hayzlett, Jim Eber; Business Plus
- Inside Every Woman: Using the 10 Strengths You Didn't Know You Had to Get the Career and Life You Want Now by Vickie Milazzo; John Wiley & Sons
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Amazon's Best of 2010
Posted Nov. 4, 2010 9:28 a.m. by dylan
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Best of 2010 list, and a business book cracked the top 10 overall choices. Michael Lewis's The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine barely did so, coming in at number 10. (Two other books in the top ten that may appeal to nonfiction readers are The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, which came in at numbers one and five respectively.)
As they've done in previous years, Amazon has broken the books into separate categories and listed their editors' picks next to the customer favorites. I always enjoy seeing the differences between what editors choose and customers vote for with their pocket books. And I would enjoy it more if I were Michael Lewis, who topped both lists in the Business and Investing category.
The customer favorites were:
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, Broadway Business
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead
- Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, Crown Business
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin, Portfolio
- The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey, Thomas Nelson Publishers
- On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System by Henry M. Paulson, Business Plus
- Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit and Drives Tomorrow's Growth by Inder Sidhu, FT Press
- 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown by Simon Johnson & James Kwak, Pantheon Books
The editors' picks were:
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, W.W. Norton
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath, Broadway Business
- The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar
- The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu, Knopf Publishing Group
- Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson, Riverhead
- Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy by Raghuram Rajan, Princeton University Press
- No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller by Harry Markopolos, John Wiley & Sons
- The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home by Dan Ariely, Harper
- When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub, Twelve
- Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West by Stephen Fried, Bantam
If you're interested in what's been listed in the past, I've linked to our post from previous years below.
Doing Both and the Importance of Getting Your Feet Wet
Posted Aug. 26, 2010 9:38 a.m. by dylan
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Jon recently sent him three questions he asks of all our best-selling authors, and I really enjoyed his answers:
What's the most influential book you've read?
Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, which eloquently explains what drives extraordinary human achievement.
Who in business had the most profound effect on you?
My previous bosses, Gary Daichendt and Rick Justice, who represented unquestionable integrity, humble competence, respect for people, love for family, strength of faith, and a sense of humor.
If your business philosophy were on a bumper sticker, what would it say?
“Do what makes your heart sing.”
Sidhu is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning for Worldwide Operations at Cisco, and his book is largely about the company he has worked in for the past 15 years, and how Cisco has been able to sustain its core business over that time while also branching out into new ones. In other words, it is how the company has addressed the issues that Clayton Christensen describes in The Innovator's Dilemma in a real-world, hyper-competitive business environment.
Each chapter focuses on a separate arena of business management and how, in each instance, Cisco has managed to take an approach that addresses those issues holistically. (Sidhu does use other businesses to illustrate his points, but always comes back home to Cisco.) The easiest way to relate to you what's covered in the book is to simply list the chapter titles in order:
- New & Improved and The Next Big Thing: Sustaining and Disrupting Innovation
- Current Accounts and Future Conquests: Existing and New Business Models
- Tuning and Transforming: Optimization and Reinvention
- Satisfied Customers and Gratified Partners: Direct Touch and Leveraged Influence
- The Beaten Path and The Road Less Traveled: Established and Emerging Markets
- Doing Things Right and Doing What Matters: Excellence and Relevence
- Michael Phelps and the Redeem Team: Superstar Performers and Winning Teams
- West Point and Woodstock: Authoritative Leadership and Democratic Decision Making
As you can see, Mr. Sidhu covers quite a lot of ground. But there is one important issue he did not address in his book: work/life balance. He remedied that last week on The Huffington Post by asking a question you probably haven't been asked since you were in grade school, "What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?" writing:
Did you take some time off this summer? If not, then I have five words of advice for you: Go jump in a lake.
In the post, Sidhu reminds you that "you have two lives to live: one at home, and one at the office. Though they may blend from time to time, they still have separate and distinct needs." And, in all things holistic, Sidhu counsels doing both:
I'm not talking about trying to de-emphasize your professional responsibilities in favor of personal fun, but instead pursuing both, for the benefit of each other. Think about that in the final remaining weeks before Labor Day, while the weather is still warm enough to splash around at the end of a dock.
So... have you taken your vacation this summer? If you're feeling work getting the better of you instead of the other way around, your professional life may just depend on it. And you can always take Doing Both with you.
Posted July 16, 2010 11:27 a.m. by dylan
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➻ My favorite release of the month so far has been Diary of a Very Bad Year. It's a series of interviews (an entire book's worth) Keith Gessen of n+1 did with one "HFM," an anonymous hedge-fund mananger, from late September 2007 to the late summer of 2009. It's an insider's account of the financial meltdown from someone who saw finance not as a money-grabbing proposition out of college, but as an "intellectual vocation." n+1 posted a number of excerpts in advance of the book's release, the most intriguing of which (to me) was Bullies and Bankers.
➻ Another n+1 editor, Chad Harbach, was interviewed by Matt Robison at The Morning News with a great group of writers about the convergence of sports and literature, sports literature, and how "Leigh Montville, it turned out, was never a woman." It's reading that begets more reading, as each of the writers talks about their favorite sports pieces. Strangely, the finest piece of sports writing ever put to page, John Updike's Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, was not mentioned.
➻ Bob Sutton has thoroughly covered the topic of swearing recently, and he summed it all up very fecking nicely in the post on The subtleties of strategic swearing. It contains links to many of his previous posts and podcasts on the issue, which will leave you more thoughtful on the topic than you probably need to be, especially in this day and age when you have characters like Hugh MacLeod and Julien Smith out there swearing casually as a mother[lover]. Maybe they're just really strategic?
➻ Shelf Awareness did a great job this morning of quickly Dissecting Amazon, and references a Milwaukee Journal Sentinal article on the affect "everyone's collective love affair with Amazon" has had on local bookstores—in particular the company we grew up in, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops.
➻ Friend of the company and University Press Book Traveler John Ecklund has written an interesting history of our that company—one seen from his perspective as an employee at Schwartz. Part 1 focuses on a our late owner David Schwartz's shocking experiment with a crassly commercial business book promotion, and it's even more shocking success. Part 2 discusses the hiring of our peerless leader, Jack Covert, to follow up and expand that success:
Enter Jack Covert. Jack and his wife Ann were proprietors of “Jack’s Record Rack,” the legendary music store on the east side of Milwaukee. [...]
I don’t think Jack or David really knew for sure that the idea of selling big quantities of books to corporations would ever really bear fruit, nor how long the experiment to find out would have to last. But there was a willingness to commit resources and tweak the program until it got traction.
It's now 25 years later, and we're still experimenting.
➻ At the conjunction of business books and the music industry (as Jack is in the history above), we have The Lefsetz Letter ("First in Music Analysis"), which reviewed Rework recently, relating the book's lessons to the music industry, and an Indie Launch Pad interview with Scott Stratten, author of the soon-to-be-released Unmarketing.
➻ Inder Sidhu, author of Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profits and Drives Tomorrow's Growth, wrote about How to give up power and get more done for The Washington Post this week. He details how, "Instead of choosing between a traditional command-and-control management model, or a more egalitarian one, smart business leaders are embracing the power of the 'and.'"
➻ John Tierney had an interesting column in the Times late last month about Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind, and how—while it's no good for reading comprehension—it may be very good for the creative process (if you're able to keep track of where it's wandered).
➻ James Mathewson, editor-in-chief of ibm.com, wrote recently about How to Measure the Value of Editors, how a simple edit turned us from subjects to citizens, and how "well edited pages do 30 percent better than unedited pages."
➻ Matt Ridley, the author of the intelligent and provocative Rational Optimist, was a speaker at this month's TED Conference. His talk was about When ideas have sex and how all that really matters is how intelligent we are collectively.
➻ Susan Orlean wrote a hilarious piece in The New Yorker about the tremendous turnover in the publishing industry and how it has affected her as an author.
➻ It's a good weekend to be in, or come to, Milwaukee. Well, it always is, but this weekend is especially nice, because it's Radio Summer Camp!
➻ Fans of the suddenly ubiquitous Old Spice commercials might enjoy the College Library Parody.
➻ "I warned you. With mogwai comes much responsibility. But you didn't listen."