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Posted Dec. 8, 2010 4:57 a.m. by sally-haldorson
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Inc.com offers a wealth of information for business people, particularly small business owners. While many media outlets make end of year lists, Inc's list is particularly geared toward this group of readers. To create their list, they asked small business and business book experts to weigh in. Those experts were: "editor at large Leigh Buchanan, who writes Inc.'s monthly "Skimmer's Guide" book review; editor-at-large Bo Burlingham, the author of Small Giants; contributing writer John Warrillow, the author of Built to Sell; BrandAsset Consulting president John Gerzema, the co-author of Spend Shift; contributing writer Suzi Sosa, the founder and president of the MPOWER Foundation; and Jack Covert, founder of 800CEORead.com, an influential blog that tracks new releases."
Jack's recommendations include:
Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B by Stan Slap
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely
Conference Room B
Posted Sept. 2010 1:47 p.m. by dylan
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“The irreducible essence of leadership is that leaders are people who live their deepest personal values without compromise, and they use those values to make life better for others—that is why people become leaders and why people follow leaders.” —Stan Slap, Bury My Heart at Conference Room B (Portfolio, August 2010)
If you follow Jack Covert Selects, you may recognize the quote above from Jack's most recent review. It's a quote that Jack and Carol appreciated so much that they asked me to put it on our conference room wall. It was fun project, and completed today.
You may notice I also put a "B" on the conference room door. That is not only an homage to the book title, but a recognition that this is our second conference room, the first being a place we sometimes meet after work and have christened Conference Room H. (We don't yet have a Conference Room A.)
Posted Aug. 20, 2010 11:13 a.m. by dylan
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➻ Portfolio has released a new edition of The Business Beat. You'll hear from Don Tapscott, author with Anthony D. Williams of Macrowikinomics (due out in late September), and Stan Slap, author of Bury My Heart at Conference Room B, which was a Jack Covert Selects this month. And, as always, you'll hear from the man himself, as Mr. Covert tells us about Andy Grove's Only the Paranoid Survive.
➻ Umair Haque posted a video last week about The Jobless-est Recovery and the Great Transformation, noting that "this is not just a jobless recovery, per se, but that it is the most jobless recovery for a century. and the link between the actual recovery in terms of pure GDP and job creation seems to be completely broken." He begins to discuss what he sees as "a Great Transition, a Great Transformation" and the values that will be needed to do so. The video, however, doesn't delve to much into what that will look like. For that, you'll want to return to an older post of his, Reseeding the Economy.
➻ Or, you can always turn to Richard Florida and his book, the The Great Reset, which—especially amidst all the doom-and-gloom in publishing and the endless release of books about the crash and recession—is certainly one of the best and brightest books released this year. It's a forward-looking, big picture book. Florida has been discussing such a transformation for years in his work on "the creative class," but he also recognizes the need for a strong, blue collar working class. And so, he looked at Where the Blue-Collar Jobs Will Be in The Atlantic yesterday.
The good news is that the U.S. will continue to create relatively high-paying working class jobs. These jobs will continue to provide good livelihoods for the workers fortunate enough to have them. The bad news is that their rate of growth will be sluggish and not nearly enough to provide the amount of good, family-supporting jobs required to undergird a middle class of lower-skilled workers. The harsh reality is that blue-collar, working class jobs in the U.S. are increasing slowly, and they will grow the slowest in traditional manufacturing and industrial regions and communities whose economic and social life has revolved around these jobs.There is little policy-makers can do - aside from declaring a trade war - to bring back large numbers of these high-paying jobs. But they can develop strategies to improve not just the wages but the content of blue-collar work, by engaging workers more fully and seeing them as a source of innovation.
Head on over to the original post for some fascinating maps of the American labor landscape.
➻ Edward R. Schmitt, author of President of the Other America: Robert Kennedy and the Politics of Poverty touched on that topic a bit in a guest post at The Washington Post's Political Bookworm today. Speaking of Kennedy and his move against poverty in his day and the need for leaders to do the same today, he writes:
As Kennedy suggested ... leadership matters. Even before the severe recession of the past three years, alarming exposés of a new class of “working poor” Americans ... cautioned that a new endemic poverty, resistant to the traditional American tonic of employment, threatened to become a permanent part of the American economic landscape.
But significant leadership focusing popular attention on the problems of poor and near poor Americans has yet to re-emerge. The political will necessary to influence popular opinion and to address the growing problem of poverty in America can be renewed. Visible, national leadership on the issue is critical, and it is on this point that Kennedy’s story can be instructive.
Politicians with an eye toward their legacy would also do well to note that while Kennedy was a polarizing figure in his day, he is now often most fondly remembered for putting his political career on the line to become a president for the other America.
➻ Most Americans are hard-working, even the "struggling artists" out there. But we don't always feel that working hard is working out, and we all get down on ourselves from time-to-time. In one of her most popular posts, Naomi Dunford at IttyBiz reminds us to remember that we're not alone When [We] Feel Like A Raging Failure.
➻ Last week Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, wrote about The Ego and the Self, and where the "Resistance" comes from. And in his Writer's Journal this week, spoke to how the struggle of not working is far greater than struggle to do so.
I also know from experience that the alternative to doing my work is a hundred times worse than the pain or fear of doing it. I remember vividly the seven years when I did yield to fear and Resistance—and the hell it was for me and for people I loved. I can hear the whip crack. The fear of not doing it is stronger than the fear of doing it.
➻ I was looking for Shellac's "Squirrel Song," but I couldn't find a decent video so here is the exact opposite... Milk Thistle.
Jack Covert Selects - Bury My Heart at Conference Room B
Posted Aug. 13, 2010 4:01 a.m. by dylan
Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers by Stan Slap, 272 pages, $25.95, Hardcover, August 2010, ISBN 9781591843245
In 2010, 800-CEO-READ moved to our newly remodeled “world headquarters” and with all this new space, we had walls that needed filling. Lots of pictures of me, of course, but I’ve got to keep my ego in check. What to put on the rest of the walls? As you can imagine, we get lots of books through our door, so there are plenty of sources of inspirations for quotes to put on those walls.
In Bury my Heart in Conference Room B, we found the following quote, which will soon adorn the wall of our new conference room: “The irreducible essence of leadership is that leaders are people who live their deepest personal values without compromise, and they use those values to make life better for others—this is why people become leaders and why people follow leaders.”
In this one quote, I could tell that Stan Slap had penned one of the smartest and most compelling books on leadership I have been lucky enough to read. On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis has been my totem of the genre, though even in that excellent book, this amorphous subject remains slippery.
That is why this book is special: Slap uses his research with over 10,000 managers from seventy countries to point out dichotomies that encapsulate the problems the modern business manager faces. For example:
The personal values that an overwhelming number of managers in every position in every country reported as being most important to them:
The personal values that those same managers reported as being the most under pressure to compromise in order to do their jobs successfully:
Bury my Heart in Conference Room B will help managers become better leaders and, on the way, become committed managers. Slap’s methodology is to help managers become committed first to themselves, to live their personal values at work which, as the quote in the first paragraph states, is why people become leaders in the first place, and why people follow them.