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Posted Dec. 22, 2011 2:45 a.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.
Today, we take a look at the candidates in two categories, Leadership and Management.
- Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak | Portfolio/Penguin US
- As One: Individual Action. Collective Power. by Mehrdad Baghai, James Quigley | Portfolio/Penguin US
- From the Jungle to the Boardroom by Mike Monahan | Beacon Publishing
- Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value by Michael Beer, Flemming Norrgren, et al | Harvard Business Review Press
- Being the Boss: The Three Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader by Linda A. Hill, Kent Lineback | Harvard Business Review Press
- Making It Happen: Turning Good Ideas Into Great Results by Peter Sheahan | BenBella Books
- Why Are We Bad at Picking Good Leaders? A better Way to Evaluate Leadership Potential by Jeffrey Cohn, Jay Moran | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments by Douglas Conant, Mette Norgaard | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- Mother Teresa, CEO Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership by Ruma Bose, Lou Faust | Berrett-Koehler
- I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze by Deepak Malhotra | Berrett-Koehler
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When the Stakes Are High, 2nd Ed by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler | McGraw-Hill
- You Need a Leader‚ Now What? How to Choose the Best Person for Your Organization by James M. Citrin, Julie Hembrock Daum | Crown Publishing Group, Crown Business
- Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders: The Three Essential Principles You Need to Become an Extraordinary Leader by Rajeev Peshawaria | Free Press
- We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement by Kevin Kruse, Rudy Karsan | John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else by George Anders | Portfolio/Penguin US
- The Power of LEO: The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results by Subir Chowdhury | McGraw-Hill
- SHINE: Using Brain Science to Get the Best From Your People by Edward Hallowell | Harvard Business Review Press
- The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile, Steven Kramer | Harvard Business Review Press
- Reputation Rules: Strategies for Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset by Daniel Diermeier | McGraw-Hill Professional
- The Zappos Experience: 5 Principles to Inspire, Engage, and WOW by Joseph Michelli | McGraw-Hill Professional
- What Matters Now: How to Future-Proof Your Company and Other Essential Advice by Gary Hamel | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- Built On Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition by Ann Rhoades | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness by Edward E. Lawler III, Christopher G. Worley | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters by Michael Burchell, Jennifer Robin | Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of Wiley
- Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work Russell Bishop, David Allen | McGraw-Hill Professional
- Breaking the Fear Barrier: How Fear Destroys Companies From the Inside Out and What To Do About It by Tom Rieger | Gallup Press
- Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel | Crown Publishing Group, Crown Business
- Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard P. Rumelt | Crown Publishing Group, Crown Business
- Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka, Tim Ogilvie | Columbia Business School Publishing
- The Power Of Convergence: Linking Business Strategies and Technology Decisions to Create Sustainable Success by Faisal Hoque | AMACOM
- Enduring Success : What We Can Learn from the History of Outstanding Corporations by Christian Stadler | Stanford University Press
- Fuse: Making Sense of the New Cogenerational Workplace by Jim Finkelstein | Greenleaf Book Group
- Merchants of Virtue: Herman Miller and the Making of a Sustainable Company by Bill Birchard | Palgrave Macmillan
- The Drama-Free Office: A Guide to Healthy Collaboration with Your Team, Coworkers, and Boss by Jim Warner, Kaley Klemp | Greenleaf Book Group
So which book is going to win the Leadership and the Management categories and be in the running for the 800-CEO-READ Best Business Book of 2011? We'll announce the shortlist and winner in January!
Jack Covert Selects - The Rare Find
Posted Nov. 10, 2011 4:09 p.m. by 800-ceo-read
There are many situations in which you want to make the right choice, a choice that might change your lives in hugely positive ways. Consider standing before a roulette wheel in Las Vegas: you choose “18 Red” for a variety of reasons that have all sorts of associative data you apply to it. Red is exciting; #1 is a symbol of success; the 8 represents the infinity symbol; maybe 18 is the age of your daughter. If you’ve made the right choice based on these influences, the payout will be high.
Now consider hiring someone for a position in your company. You look at a candidate’s resume and study the provided data: where they’ve recently worked, what they did there, how long they did it, where they went to school, what grades they received. It all looks good, so that candidate gets the job. While gambling and hiring seem quite dissimilar, the risks in each scenario are similar. And if you’ve made the right choice, the payout could be high in this case, too.
But which approach to decision-making seems more valid? The associative data or the concrete facts? The facts, right? Well, in The Rare Find, George Anders argues intelligently that these two examples might be equally meaningful in what they reveal. Hiring is just a good guess, and even the “facts” aren’t very illuminative. Even if a candidate spent five years at a successful company and graduated Ivy League, it doesn’t mean they’ll fit your culture or excel in the position you have to offer.
To get the best fit, Anders advises you look for a candidate’s character not through employee or education experience, but through their alternative interests. Perhaps a candidate has a jagged work history, perhaps they don’t have any glaring success stories. Anders says don’t overlook these candidates. Read resumes from the bottom up, Anders suggests, and look for hints as to “why” the person did what they did, not just the fact that they did it. Oftentimes, he surmises, you’ll discover hidden talents that can be useful to your organization and the tasks you need completed—and potentially avoid candidates who just “look good on paper.”
While some might regard this approach as a gamble, The Rare Find will counsel you on just why this approach is less of a risk, and will help you make better decisions in finding true talent to help your organization grow.