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Posted Feb. 2008 5:38 a.m. by delicious
In International Bestsellers - 800 CEO Read Blog
I just got an inquiry concerning shipping to another country and they were kind of disappointed to find out how much and how long it will take. Here are just some of my own personal Rules of Thumb to keep in mind when shipping overseas.
* Regular shipping time varies upon countries and customs may hold up boxes for an undertimed length of time, so if you need materials for a specific date, plan well in advance!
* Customs also may charge for the books to get released. If you can, provide your own account information (FEDEX, DHL number) when ordering. Sometimes it helps if the carrier is for the person or company in the country.
* Some countries may have the book there at a distributor or warehouse. If you can and you want to save time and money, the country you are shipping to may have access to the book. Chances are unlikely, but sometimes a popular book can be easy to get in other countries.
* There is no thing called 'Not Enough Information' so, when placing an order for overseas include everything you can about the receiver of the book(s). Email, phone, fax, cell number, even another person for delivery can be helpful. (Mom's maiden name is ok to leave out, but you never know...)
Hope this helps for some of you that order overseas. If you have any questions about pricing, availability of a certain title(s) just give us a call and we'll be glad to assist you!
In the meantime, here are the top selling titles we sent out overseas this past January:
Hostage at the Table - Mexico
Customer Centered Selling - Malaysia
The CEO Within - Sweden
The Dip - Canada
Happy February Everyone!
Ask 8cr! - Quitting
Posted Nov. 5, 2007 2:11 a.m. by aaron
In Ask 8cr! - 800 CEO Read Blog
Ask 8cr! - Quitting
Welcome to "Ask 8cr!" - a new section of our blog where we've created a forum to find out what kinds of issues and challenges people are having in the workplace. We then take these issues and apply a business book we feel offers a viable solution. Others then chime in via the comments section. The person with the selected challenge gets a free copy of the book, but everyone who reads these posts, wins. Do you have a challenge at work? Send it to me at jon(a)800ceoread(dot)com.
Today's challenge deals with knowing when to quit (or not). Here's the brief challenge sent from one of our readers:
"When do I know it's time to quit my job and move on?" - Kevin
Seth Godin has written a most appropriate book for this challenge called The Dip. In it, he states:
"Most people will tell you that you need to persevere - to try harder, put in more hours, get more training, and work hard. 'Don"t quit!' they implore. But if all you need to do to succeed is not quit, then why do organizations less motivate than your succeed? Why do individuals less talented than you win?
It involves understanding the architecture of quitting, and, believe it or not, it means quitting a lot more than you do now."
It's a short book; a really short book. But it says a lot; much more than simply how to quit. Godin is a master at analyzing situations and injecting a slight shift into the common perspective to create an astounding result. In Kevin's case, he would first need to take a good look at his "Dip" (the moment where he starts questioning what he's doing as being the right thing). This is the important first step. As Seth Godin points out, sometimes Dips can be misleading - we feel like quitting, but will someday look back on challenging times thankful we stuck it through to the tremendous success awaiting around the corner. Other times, the misery we experience will never go away, and what we do has little positive effect on us, our work, the company, and the world in general, so we quit. Those are the two routes, and deciding which one to take is never easy. As Godin states, "the Dip is your secret to success."
From there, Godin tells many examples of common Dips, and the variety of choices you can make when experiencing them: brave, mature, and stupid. Unfortunately, "stupid" is the most common route, and when you read his definition of it, you can understand why. Understanding the architecture of quitting, as referred to in Godin's quote above, is the key to making the right decision between these three categories. In a nutshell: no one should remain mediocre in a dead end. Avoid it at all costs, and if that means quitting, it's not accepting failure, it's being smart.
Quite literally, everyone should read this book. Regardless of position, industry, or personality, everyone faces The Dip, and if we could all react to it wisely, think of what that would do for us, our companies, and eventually, our economy. It's a big deal. If you haven't read this book, do yourself a favor and pick it up. In fact, I'll send the first three people who send me their challenge at work a free copy.
We're back from BEA
Posted June 5, 2007 4:43 a.m. by kate
In Misc. - 800 CEO Read Blog
Last week 30,000 booksellers flooded New York City's Javits Center to attend the annual Book Convention (known to insiders as BEA). This is where people wait in endless lines for an autograph, where people compare their tradeshow loot like Halloween candy (in this case, advance copies of books), and where Stephen Colbert, Rosie O'Donnell, LL Cool J and Khalid Hosseini can be seen under one roof.
With 90-degree New York heat and a temperamental air conditioner, booksellers struggled to stay cool. Beads of sweat piled on foreheads as the hunt for the book of the year commenced. BEA is a book lover's dream.
As Rebecca and I sat listening to an author panel with Colbert as the MC, Hosseini, Ken Burns and Lisa See, surrounded by booksellers, I couldn't help but study those around me. The booksellers of the world are a unique bunch. In an industry as old as time, these are some of the most knowledgeable folks in the world. The folks who can converse about authors and book titles like most people converse about the weather. They are the distributors of knowledge, the purveyors of stories, and sellers of history. Who else can influence and educate the masses more than this set?
In that context we went about our BEA routine -- that of meeting with publishers and authors from early morning to evening dinners. Here are a few of the highlights. It started with Chris Anderson's unveiling of his new business: BookTour.com where authors and audiences meet. Authors can register where they will be and their topic of choice; audiences can request authors to come visit. It's in Beta and has a lot of potential.
Alan Greenspan's book is due out this fall. And to the dismay of many publishers, Google is still pushing their BookSearch.
Overall, a great trip. And now it's back to the grindstone.
Jack Covert Selects - The Dip
Posted May 15, 2007 3:35 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick), by Seth Godin, Portfolio, 92 pages, $12.95 Hardcover, May 2007, ISBN 9781591841661
I have been reviewing Seth Godin books since Purple Cow came out in 2003. What I respect most about Seth is his ability to practice what he preaches. He has published and marketed his books in ways that represent his philosophy of success. The Dip, his fifth book in four years, again provides the one thing they all have in common--a great insight, concisely wrought. Seth always finds a way to capture a set of ideas and deliver them in one simple, eye-catching package. The Dip is no different.
This new insight goes something like this:
A. Your goal should be to be the best in the world.
B. Being the best makes you a scarce resource. That means more attention, more fans, and more money.
C. There is a steep curve to getting to be the best.
D. Decide what you are going to quit doing.
"The dip" is the flat spot of the effort curve after the initial excitement wears off and when you see the steep upward incline. It is why most give up on snowboarding after the first day. It is why getting your product into Wal-Mart trumps selling on the web. It is why most small businesses are limited by the control the founder keeps.
Seth examines "the dip" from many anecdotal angles--something you'll recognize from his other books. The Space Shuttle, bodybuilders, and ultra-marathoners all typify "the dip" and their stories help the reader internalize the challenges of being the best.
At 92 pages, The Dip is an airplane or afternoon read. Some are going to say it is light and just Godin's attempt at self-help. But isn't that the power of an insight? It is compact...and designed to impact your perspective on the world.
April Showers bring May Authors
Posted May 2007 3:54 a.m. by todd-sattersten
In Uncategorized - 800 CEO Read Blog
[I know, I know...I was really stretching for a headline here]
There are more business books coming out this week than we see sometimes in an entire month. It is not unusual for a slug of books to come out at the start of the month, but May seems to be a bit bigger. Our rough count has 15 books this week with seven coming out today. You can check out the books themselves on our New Releases Blog.