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Posted Oct. 15, 2008 4:54 a.m. by dylan
In Book Reviews - 800 CEO Read Blog
On October 9th, Mitch Joel of The Six Pixels of Separation Blog posted a list of six Books You Need To Read To Succeed In Business . The post generated quite a lot of buzz, suggesting that, contrary to popular opinion, people still read books. The list was:
The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Rick Levine Christopher Locke, Doc Searls & David Weinberger Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky Life After the 30-Second Spot: Energize Your Brand With a Bold Mix of Alternatives to Traditional Advertising by Joseph Jaffe Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin Re-Imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age by Tom Peters Web Analytics: An Hour A Day by Avinash Kaushik
You can find brief descriptions of each book and join the conversation at the original post.
That post was so popular that the author went back to his bookshelf looking for less appreciated books, and came up with a list of 6 Brilliant Business Books That Are Highly Underrated. That list was:
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance by Jonas Ridderstrale & Kjell Nordstrom (out of print) Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi & Tahl Raz. Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger. Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?: Persuading Customers When They Ignore Marketing by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg & Lisa T. Davis. Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins: The Paradox of Innovation by Richard Farson & Ralph Keyes (out of print)
Posted Sept. 26, 2008 6:30 a.m. by dylan
In Uncategorized - 800 CEO Read Blog
Heather Green has written a wonderful review of Jeff Howe's Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business for the September 29 issue of BusinessWeek. After observing that "Books about the crowd are becoming a crowd unto themselves," Green writes:
What sets Howe's book apart is his focus on business, an examination of different crowdsourcing models, and a deep dive into academic research to explain why people work together. It's a welcome and well-written corporate playbook for confusing times...
Stephen Baker envisions a world in which our email and blog postings, our credit-card and grocery purchases, our pulse rates and facial expressions, and even our physical movements (handily tracked by our cell phones) will be fed to a new Brahmin class of math geeks devoted to sending us customized shopping choices, targeted political ads, real-time medical alerts, and the names of potential dating partners, not to mention (lest we be shirking on the job or hiding an illness) alerts to our bosses and insurance companies.
While that sounds awfully scary to me, the author is of the mind that this technology will one day empower us. Regardless of how you feel about these issues, the book does seem very informative and worth a read. Lowenstein describes Baker a "charming writer," and ends the review by calling the book "eye-popping and chilling."
David K. Hurst reveiws four books in the Autumn issue of strategy + business's Books in Brief. The first, Richard Bookstaber's Demon of Our Own Design, was awarded the top spot in the Finance & Economics category of our first annual book awards. The other three books are Stall Points: Most Companies Stop Growing--Yours Doesn't Have To by Matthew Olson and Derek Van Bever, Michael O'Leary: A Life In Full Flight by Alan Ruddock, and Tad Waddington's Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work.
Fortune's Jia Lynn Yang has picked "eight volumes [that] belong in everyone's briefcase." Of course, Fortune doesn't make this list available online, but the chosen titles are:
Birth of a Salesman: The Transformation of Selling in America by Walter A. Friedman
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story by Jerry Weissman
Selling to Big Companies by Jill Konrath
The New Strategic Selling: The Unique Sales System Proven Successful by the World's Best Companies by Robert B. Miller & Stephen E. Heiman
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher & William Ury
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Rich Karlgaard has written an update to his "Books to Get Rich By" for Forbes. (You can find the original list of 53 books here.) The lists are broken up into six categories: History and Heroes, How Capitalism Works Today, Instructional Tips, Management Secrets, Food for the Soul, and Useful Entertainment. While the list is too long to list all of the titles, I have listed the entire "Management Secrets" section below.
Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Property by Garret B. Gunderson
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, William Ury & Bruce Patton
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey with Rebecca M. Merrill
Did you notice that Stephen Covey picked up an initial sometime between 7 Habits and Speed of Trust? (edit: As the brilliant Seth Godin has pointed out in the comment section, Stephen M.R. Covey is the eldest son of Stephen R. Covey. I had not known this previously. Don't let it be said business books aren't a family business.) Notable titles from other sections are John Kao's Innovation Nation and Fareed Zakaria's Post American World from "How Capitalism Works Today," Dan Pink's Adventures of Johnny Bunko from "Instructional Tipps," Randy Pausch's Last Lecture form "Food for the Soul," and Michael Lewis's Blind Side from "Useful Entertainment."
The Perfect Pair: Never Eat Alone and Highrise
Posted Aug. 9, 2007 8:33 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Personal Development - 800 CEO Read Blog
Never Eat Alone is a 2005 book written by Keith Ferrazzi. The subtitle "The Ultimate Networker Reveals How To Build a Lifelong Community of Collegues, Contacts, Friends, and Mentors" sums up the book pretty well. We have an excerpt on our site from Chapter 17 - "The Art of Small Talk" and here is a video of Ferrazzi speaking at a Microsoft event.
Highrise is the new contact management product from Chicago-based 37signals. We use the web-based application here at 800-CEO-READ and think it is awesome. Using Highrise has finally pulled everyone together with a common way to see who we know and what is going on.
In the 37 Signals customer forum, there is a post titled Never Eat Alone: Highrise's Companion Book? A couple of users feel the techniques described by Ferrazzi join perfectly with 37signals' software. Check out the post.
I find interesting these ties between software and business ideas. David Allen's Getting Things Done has inspired dozens of independent software developers to create code that mimics the GTD principles. In the paper world, you can look at how well Franklin Day Planners fit with Steven Covey's Seven Habits (so much so the two companies merged).
Vince Thompson Recommends Management Books
Posted April 30, 2007 8:39 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Lists - 800 CEO Read Blog
First time author Vince Thompson last month released Ignited: Managers Light Up Your Company and Career for More Power More Purpose and More Success. This afternoon, I posted a podcast I did with Vince.
After the interview, I asked him to follow-up with list of books he would recommend to middle managers:
- Love is the Killer App – Tim Sanders
- Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi
- 7 Habits To Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
- Less is More – Jason Jennings
- Think Big Act Small – Jason Jennings
- How to be CEO – Jeffrey Fox
- The Articulate Executive – Granville Toogood
- Networking with the Affluent – Thomas Stanley
- Leading at a Higher Level - Ken Blanchard
Reading the Future
Posted March 31, 2005 8:45 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Personal Development - 800 CEO Read Blog
One of the thing we want to do is be the first to tell you about books you should be reading. We think we are doing a pretty good job. As I was paging through Fortune yesterday, I saw two books we recently highlighted.
Here are some reminders and resources on the books:
Naked in the Boardroom
Never Eat Alone