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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
To stay up to date on what businesses and business leaders are reading, whether it's address a specific problem, build teams, deepen their knowledge or enlighten the way their entire organization thinks, subscribe to the RSS feed for The Inc./800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List.
Introducing the Candidates: Personal Development
Posted Dec. 19, 2011 3:00 p.m. by sally-haldorson
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Over the course of this week, we will be introducing, by category, the candidates for the 2011 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Even though only one of the candidates can win the big prize, good business books deserve an audience, and perhaps one on this list will be the winning book..to you.
First, we take a look at the Personal Development category:
- Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong by Alina Tugend | Riverhead Books
- Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama by Sophia A. Nelson | BenBella Books
- Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking That Block Women's Paths to Power by Jill Flynn, et al | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- Briefcase Essentials: Discover Your 12 Natural Talents for Achieving Success in a Male-Dominated Workplace by Susan T. Spencer | Greenleaf Book Group
- Discover Your CEO Brand: Secrets to Embracing and Maximizing Your Unique Value as a Leader by Suzanne Bates | McGraw-Hill Professional
- Discovering the Leader in You, 2E: How to Realize your Leadership Potential by Sara N. King, et al Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- Drinking from the Fire Hose: Making Smarter Decisions Without Drowning in Information by Christopher Frank and Paul Magnone | Portfolio/Penguin US
- Flipping Burgers to Flipping Millions: A Gude to Financial Freedom by Bernard Kelly | Hyperion
- Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success by Thomas DeLong | Harvard Business Review Press
- Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It The Secrets of Getting Ahead by Jodi Glickman | St. Martin's Press
- Harper's Rules: A Recruiter's Guide to Finding a Dream Job and the Right Relationship by Danny Cahill | Greenleaf Book Group
- It's Not About You: A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business by Bob Burg and John David Mann | Portfolio/Penguin US
- Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly by John Kay | The Penguin Press
- Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth by Matthew Kelly | Hudson Street Press
- Prosper: Create the Life You Really Want by Ethan Willis and Randy Garn | Berrett-Koehler
- Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life by James Marshall Reilly | Portfolio/Penguin US
- Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master in Business and in Life by Stefan Swanepoel | Jossey-Bass
- Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story by Peter Guber | Crown Publishing Group, Crown Business
- The Education of Millionaires: It's Not What You Think and It's Not Too Late by Michael Ellsberg Portfolio/Penguin US
- The Way Up: How to Keep Your Career Moving in the Right Direction by Donald J. Hurzeler | Greenleaf Book Group
- The Working Woman's GPS: When the Plan to Have it All Leads You Astray by JJ DiGeronimo | Halo Publishing International
- Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields | Portfolio/Penguin US
- What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potent by Robert Steven Kaplan | Harvard Business Review Press
- Why People Fail: The 16 Obstacles to Success and How You Can Overcome Them by Siimon Reynolds | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
So which book is going to win the Personal Development category and be in the running for the 800-CEO-READ Best Business Book of 2011? We'll announce the shortlist and winner in January!
What to Ask the Person in the Mirror
Posted July 5, 2011 8:44 a.m. by jon
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Potential. It's a big word. Especially for leaders. One whose meaning we all know we have, yet are speculative about what it really represents for us. We know we can be better at what we do, but what exactly does that mean? Aren't some people already so far ahead of us, anyway? Maybe they were even born with more potential?
Robert Steven Kaplan, Harvard professor, business advisor and executive put his thoughts on paper to show us how to become better leaders, and that it is a skill that can be learned. His book is titled: What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential. As the title implies, it's a guide for looking at yourself, assessing your skills and how you've used them, how they can change and improve.
From vision, time management and feedback, to succession plans and alignment, the full scope of leadership issues are addressed in detail from Kaplan's own experience and research. He states:
"I have found that almost without exception, successful leaders go through significant periods of time in which they feel confused, discouraged, and unsure of themselves and their decisions. They feel as if they should be somewhere else, doing something else. They wonder why other executives seem to have an easier time doing their jobs. They go through wrenching phases in which they grasp for answers and feel fundamentally alone. Even as they project an air of confidence, they harbor deep feelings of uncertainty and apprehension.
So, if you're reading this and can identify, you're not alone. Grab a copy of this easy-to-read yet deeply insightful book about riding out your wrenching phase and coming out of it a better leader.