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Posted March 3, 2010 6:57 a.m. by the-roy
In - 800 CEO Read Blog
The time has come to talk of many things....
O.K.. How about just one thing... Like the New Year's resolution you might have had that involved perhaps, reading more in 2010 (To look at the list, I think being more literate in 2010 was on Spain's resolutions list!).
Hmmmm... I wonder how many people across this grand planet of ours had that same resolution.... Hey! One way to find out is see what was HOT this winter....
Here are 8CR's Top Selling Books Internationally in January and February.
2 - United Kingdom - Crush It! Now Why is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
6 - United Kingdom - Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
strategy + business Best Books of 2009
Posted Nov. 25, 2009 4:52 a.m. by dylan
In General Business - 800 CEO Read Blog
The strategy + business annual books list is always one of the finest and most anticipated of the year. They get really smart and talented people who know how to pick 'em, and have them write (always highly intelligent and insightful) essays on their category—and, of course, the books in it. I've listed the picks below, but it really is worth heading over to strategy + business for the essays. (The links to the individual essays are in the headings below.)
Clive Crook picks the best books on The Meltdown:
- In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic by David Wessel, Crown Business
- Financial Shock: Global Panic and Government Bailouts—How We Got Here and What Must Be Done to Fix It by Mark Zandi, FT Press*mdash;2nd edition
- Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis by John B. Taylor, Hoover Institution Press
- Fool’s Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe by Gillian Tett, Free Press
- House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William D. Cohan,
- A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ’08 and the Descent into Depression by Richard A. Posner, Harvard University Press
- Managed by the Markets: How Finance Re-Shaped America by Gerald F. Davis, Oxford University Press
Charles Handy picks the Leadership books:
- The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream amidst Global Financial Chaos by Kenneth Hopper & William Hopper, I. B. Tauris & Company—revised edition
- Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman & James O’Toole with Patricia Ward Biederman, Jossey-Bass
- Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help by Edgar H. Schein, Berrett-Koehler
- Walk the Walk: The #1 Rule for Real Leaders by Alan Deutschman, Portfolio
- Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement by C. Julia Huang, Harvard University Press
Phil Rosenzweig picks the books on Strategy:
- The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property by Mark Blaxill and Ralph Eckardt, Portfolio
- Dynamic Capabilities and Strategic Management: Organizing for Innovation and Growth by David J. Teece, Oxford University Press
- Innovation Corrupted: The Origins and Legacy of Enron’s Collapse by Malcolm S. Salter, Harvard University Press
Ayesha Khanna and Parag Khanna take on Globalization:
- The New Silk Road: How a Rising Arab World Is Turning Away from the West and Rediscovering China by Ben Simpfendorfer, Palgrave Macmillan
- Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation by Nandan Nilekani, Penguin Press
- India’s Global Powerhouses: How They Are Taking On the World by Nirmalya Kumar, with Pradipta K. Mohapatra and Suj Chandrasekhar, Harvard Business Press
- The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing by Ian Bremmer & Preston Keat, Oxford University Press
- Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy by Robert P. Smith with Peter Zheutlin, AMACOM
Judith F. Samuelson picks the Management books:
- The Upside of the Downturn: Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath by Geoff Colvin, Portfolio
- Managing by Henry Mintzberg, Berrett-Koehler
- Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by John C. Bogle, Wiley
- The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman, Doubleday
Catharine P. Taylor finds the best books on Marketing:
- Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighborhoods by Shel Israel, Portfolio
- Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson, Hyperion
- The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It by John Gerzema and Ed Lebar, Jossey-Bass
Steven Levy looks at the best books on Technology:
- Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America by Julia Angwin, Random House
- Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig, Penguin
- Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters by Scott Rosenberg, Crown
James O'Toole picks the best Biographies:
- John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves, Overlook
- The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles, Knopf
- The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Bantam
As Theodore Kinni writes in the introduction to this year's essays:
This year’s best business books help us understand current conditions and chart a secure course forward. With luck, next year’s best books will offer similar insight into a recovery of historic proportions.
You can read the full feature here.
We've been following this list since 2003. The previous years' lists are below.
The Brand Bubble in strategy + business
Posted June 24, 2009 7:10 a.m. by dylan
In Misc. - 800 CEO Read Blog
We were big fans of last year's The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It, by John Gerzema and Ed Lebar—so much so that it took home the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in the Advertising & Marketing category. We also published a manifesto from Mr. Gerzema over at ChangeThis about How Business Speculation in the Consumer Marketplace Threatens Our Economy.
Well, the issue has certainly not resolved itself, and John and Ed are still sounding the alarm—most recently in the latest issue of strategy + business with an article simply titled The Trouble with Brands. (You may have to subscribe to read this, but it won't cost you anything.) Their basic argument is:
This overall mismatch between consumer attitudes toward brands and the market values of the universe of companies that produce and own them is, we believe, a recipe for disaster at two levels. At the macroeconomic level, it implies that the stock prices of most consumer companies are overstated: A “brand bubble” is implied in their stock prices, and once it deflates—or worse, pops—it could further drive down valuation multiples and stock prices around the world. Meanwhile, for leaders of consumer-related corporations, the mismatch points to a serious, continuing problem in brand management.
There's much more to it than that, though, and the outlook doesn't have to be so dire for your company. Gerzema and Lebar have done extensive research on the issue and layed out "a five-step framework for companies that wish to build an irresistible brand." Those steps are:
- Perform an “energy audit” on your brand.
- Make your brand an organizing principle for the business.
- Create an energized value chain.
- Become an energy-driven enterprise.
- Create a loop of constant reinvention.
To learn more about each step, and much more, read the entire article.
International Best Selling Books for May!
Posted June 4, 2009 9:58 a.m. by the-roy
In International Bestsellers - 800 CEO Read Blog
Want to keep up with what's going on in other countries? They do too!
Check out what others are reading about outside the US:
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February's International Best Sellers
Posted March 5, 2009 4:04 a.m. by the-roy
In International Bestsellers - 800 CEO Read Blog
In our effort to keep everyone all over the world a mouse click away from each other... here's what was being read across the globe from February:
Growing Great Employees
John Gerzema and Edward Lebar