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Posted Dec. 31, 2012 5:41 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
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We move a whole lot of business books around the world from our humble offices here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Each and every month, we compile our sales numbers and release a bestseller list to recognize the books that are heading out to businesspeople, business schools, and entrepreneurs to help spread ideas, solve problems, promote change, and inspire leadership in the business community. We’ve now compiled those 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 are happy to announce
the bestsellers of 2012.
- From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership by Harry M Jansen Kraemer, Jossey-Bass
- What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful (Revised) by Marshall Goldsmith with Mark Reiter, Hyperion Books
- New Power Base Selling: Master the Politics, Create Unexpected Value and Higher Margins, and Outsmart the Competition by Jim Holden & Ryan Kubacki, John Wiley & Sons
- Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss, Harvard Business Review Press
- End of Business as Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution by Brian Solis, John Wiley & Sons
- The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick M Lencioni, Jossey-Bass
- Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen by David Novak, Portfolio
- Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street by John Taft, John Wiley & Sons
- Relationship Economics: Transform Your Most Valuable Business Contacts Into Personal and Professional Success (Revised, Updated) by David Nour, John Wiley & Sons
- Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath, Gallup Press
- 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, & Jim Huling, Free Press
- Conversations That Win the Complex Sale: Using POWER MESSAGING to Create More Opportunities, Differentiate Your Solutions, and Close More Deals by Erik Peterson & Timothy Riesterer, McGraw-Hill
- Own Your Success: The Power to Choose Greatness and Make Every Day Victorious by Ben Newman, John Wiley & Sons
- Business of Being the Best: Inside the World of Go-Getters and Game Changers by Molly Fletcher with Justin Spizman, Jossey-Bass
- The $10 Trillion Prize: Captivating the Newly Affluent in China and India by By Michael J Silverstein, Abheek Singhi, Carol Liao, & David Michael, Harvard Business Review Press
- The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon, John Wiley & Sons
- Engagement Marketing: How Small Business Wins in a Socially Connected World by Gail F. Goodman, John Wiley & Sons
- The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg, John David Mann, Portfolio
- Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen, HarperBusiness
- Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel, Crown Business
- The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World by Daniel Yergin, The Penguin Press
- The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards, Portfolio
- How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership by Marilyn Carlson Nelson with Deborah Cundy, McGraw-Hill
- Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired--And Secretive--Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky, Business Plus
- How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything (Expanded) by Dov Seidman, John Wiley & Sons
To see what thought leaders and business people are digesting and suggesting every month, you can follow The 800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List on our website.
Posted April 6, 2012 9:20 a.m. by dylan
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➻ I suppose I should cover the big news in eBooks this week, but as Google Ends Their eBook Agreement with Indies and Apple Finally Meets Its Match (Hint: It's Called the DOJ), the landscape looks as unsure as ever and I really don't know what to think or write about it all. (I do wonder if Google's decision has anything to do with the Google, Asustek plan to co-brand a 7-inch tablet PC that it sounds like we'll be seeing soon.) Maybe I'll head down to Chicago to see Nicholas Carr's talk about A History of the Future of the Book and report back to you all.
➻ Or how about a video of Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about "how important it is to be sensitive to someone’s current state of mind when you are trying to teach or persuade."
Being an educator is not only getting the truth right, but there has to be an act of persuasion in there, as well. Persuasion isn't always, "Here's the facts; you're either an idiot or you're not." It's, "Here are the facts and ... a sensitivity to your [audiences'] state of mind. And it's the facts plus the sensitive, when convolved together, [that] creates impact.
He made this point as a slight rebuke to Richard Dawkins "articulately barbed" teaching methods. To counter, and to show that there are worse approaches than his, Dawkins quotes a former editor of New Scientist magazine who, when asked what the philosophy of the magazine was, replied:
Our philosophy at New Scientist is this: Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can f*** off."
It's worth watching the video just to hear Dawkins curse.
➻ You could also listen in as Charlie Rose talks about business in China with Zhang Xin, CEO of Soho China, and two Portfolio authors—David Novak, CEO of Yum Brands and author of Taking People With You, and Ian Bremmer, President of the Eurasia Group and author of End of the Free Market and Every Nation for Itself. Brilliant people and conversation.
We stumble into things, lose our grip on other things, go to Japan or don’t go to Japan, whichever would be more indicative of life’s tendency to expel us from our dreams, and yet once in a great while we connect in such a way that there is no feeling whatsoever, the bat meeting the ball just right, no mind, big mind, and we round the bases, tracing an imperfect oval with our route, a woozy zero, our misshapen bliss. ... Breathe out. You are chained to the world.
And the Brewers are on the field as I type this, Bob Uecker telling me about it in my headphones.
➻ The birth of a book, a beautiful thing.
Taking People With You
Posted Jan. 18, 2012 5:43 a.m. by bob
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Over the course of several decades in business, David Novak has worked his way up in the Pepsi Cola North America Co. through sales and marketing, into what was then its fast food division. In the late 1990s, the restaurants were spun off into a separate company and Novak went with them. Today he serves as Executive Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell chains.Taking People With You, and that’s taking people with you is “The Only way to Make BIG Things Happen.” Novak attributes the success the companies he’s bee involved with to the lessons he’s learned and stuck with over the years. These lessons, he says, help get people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on an organization’s mission. The tenets laid out in the book help achieve that. They are based on a trademarked program Novak has developed and uses at Yum! that’s also Called Taking People With You. His approach is less about literally taking people with you, as in promotions and carrying them into your inner circle, than it is about inspiring them to sign on to your vision of the future – a vision that includes them. In the book, Novak tells the story of an experience early in his career in which he had just become head of Pepsi Bottling. Prior to this, he spent the bulk of his career in sales and marketing, so operations were new for him, he wrote. In an effort to learn more about operations, Novak travelled to a plant where he picks up the story:
I was at a plant in St. Louis, conducting a 6:00 A.M. roundtable meeting with a group of route salesman, when, over coffee and doughnuts, I asked what I thought was a pretty straightforward question about merchandising, which is all about the displays and visibility we get in convenience and grocery stores. I wanted to know what they thought was working and what wasn’t. Right away, someone piped up, “Bob is the expert in that area. He can tell you how it’s done.” Someone else added, “Bob taught me more in one day than I’d learned in two years on the job.” Every single person in the room agreed: Bob was the best there was. I looked over at Bob, thinking he must be thrilled by all this praise. Instead, I saw that he had tears running down his face. When I asked him what was wrong, Bob, who had been with the company for over forty years and was about to retire in just two weeks, said, “I never knew anyone felt this way about me.” The rest of my visit to the plant went pretty well, but I walked away that day with an uneasy feeling. It was such a shame that Bob never felt appreciated. It was a missed opportunity for the business, too. We all could have benefited from his expertise, and more people could have learned from him. This guy was clearly great at what he did, but who knows how much better he could have been in a workplace that recognized and rewarded his knowledge. I knew that if he felt overlooked and underappreciated, others at the plant did too.
Novak wrote that the experience profoundly changed him and made him determined to never be the kind of leader who would let someone move through his or her entire career without being appreciated or that she had the potential to be so much more. None of this is as fluffy as it sounds as, in addition to his insightful advice, Novak provides exercises, worksheets and other tools to help executives from any size company bring people with them. And does this stuff work? Consider that Yum! Brands’ stock has grown in value by 13 percent or more for each of the last nine years, that the company operates in 112 countries and employs 1.4 million people. Taking People With You is destined to become a staple on the bookshelves of leaders. The advice is practical, effective and actionable. The cherry on top? Novak is giving his share of the proceeds from the sale of the book to the United Nations World Food Programme.
Introducing the Candidates: Leadership, Management
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!