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Posted Jan. 23, 2013 6:43 a.m. by dylan
In - 800 CEO Read Blog
When I got in my car, the temperature gauge on the dashboard read negative four degrees. It was sunny out, but it was the kind of sunlight that seems reluctant—like a lone light in a walk-in freezer—struggling through the cold air to get to you.
So when I backed out of the driveway yesterday morning, I thought to myself, "there is no way we get a good crowd this morning, on the coldest day of winter. There's no way people leave the warmth of their beds an hour early and head out into sub-zero temperatures just to discuss ideas and business books for two hours before they head off to their actual jobs for the day." I underestimated the drive and gumption of the business book readers of Milwaukee, and the ability of the good folks at Translator to get them there. They showed up.
You can tell by the winter light, and the heavy winter coats and scarves in the pictures, that it was well below freezing. But Translator had good, hot coffee, and a really great group of people, and our [general] manager Jon Mueller curated an engaging conversation around the ideas and stories from each of this year's 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards category winners.
It was an excellent crowd. It was not a gathering of people looking for a way to escape their current circumstances, but of those that knew they have a lot more they can contribute to their current circumstances—whether their work, home, or hobby—and were searching for new ways to meet that challenge. All those that spoke seemed happy and effective in their life and work, but they also seemed to know that they can get even more out of life, and that they have more to offer their world. And instead of being bitter, they were all striving for ways to be just a little bit better. So they came, and they discussed, and they went back out into the cold morning fortified with new ideas and insight.
Thanks so much to those that showed up, to Translator for organizing and hosting the event, and of course to all the authors that wrote the books and provided the ideas and inspiration that continue to get us up, excited, and out the door early. We'll have some video of the event for all of you in the not-too-distant future.
The Elite Eight: Our Picks for the Top Business Books of 2012
Posted Dec. 18, 2012 6:40 a.m. by sally-haldorson
In - 800 CEO Read Blog
In anticipation of announcing the winner of the 2012 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year tomorrow, here's a recap of the category winners. Click on the links below to read more about these top books of 2012.
Which book is *your* pick for the top book of the year?
~General Business: PRIVATE EMPIRE | Steve Coll
~Leadership: THE COMMITMENT ENGINE | John Jansch
~Management: THE ADVANTAGE | Pat Lencioni
~Innovation & Creativity: THE ICARUS DECEPTION | Seth Godin
~Small Business & Entrepreneurship: THE $100 STARTUP | Chris Guillibeau
~Sales & Marketing: TO SELL IS HUMAN | Dan Pink
~Personal Development: SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU | Cal Newport
~Finance & Economics: FINANCE & THE GOOD SOCIETY | Robert Shiller
The 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, Leadership
Posted Dec. 17, 2012 7:11 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
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If you're reading this, you probably have a strong commitment to, and defined goals in, your business life. But, if you can't generate commitment in others you'll likely fall short. And that's why John Jantsch'S The Commitment Engine: Making Work Worth It, published by Portfolio, earned the top spot in the Leadership category this year.
“The chaos we think we feel is actually a laughing, singing, dancing, and remarkable order of its own. If we can only find
a way to embrace this, the businesses we build would be the kind that feed the heart and soul of everyone who comes into
contact with them. This is real-life strategy, this is joyful culture,
this is a committed customer, and this is the essence
of a business that’s truly alive.”
The Commitment Engine, page x
View our Leadership shortlist to see the runners-up in the category.
2012 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Shortlist: Leadership
Posted Dec. 10, 2012 6:53 a.m. by 800-ceo-read
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Over the course of this week, we will be posting the shortlist selections for our 8 business book categories: General Business, Leadership, Management, Innovation/Creativity, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Marketing/Sales, Personal Development, Finance. Then on Monday, December 17th, we'll announce the category winners, and, on Wednesday, December 19th, we'll celebrate the overall winner of the 2012 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards! Stay tuned.
The selections for the Leadership category are:
- The Commitment Engine: Making Work Worth It by John Jantsch, Portfolio
- The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward by Kevin Cashman, Berret-Koehler
- Talk, Inc.: How Trusted Leaders Use Conversation to Power Their Organizations by Boris Groysberg & Michael Slind, Harvard Business Review Press
- Turn the Ship Around: How to Create Leadership at Every Level by L. David Marquet, Greenleaf Book Group
- Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World by Alyse Nelson, Jossey-Bass
Small business guru John Jantsch knows that if you can set a clear purpose and build a business around it that generates commitment in others, then you can let go of the controls and watch as your business seemingly runs itself. Learn how in his Commitment Engine. Throughout The Pause Principle, best-selling author of Leadership From the Inside Out Kevin Cashman offers a good balance of research, case studies and personal anecdotes to effectively advocate for the power of pause—the act of slowing down to give ourselves space and time to think and reflect. As a result, we can be more potent leaders, not lesser people. Make your company conversation-powered with Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind's Talk, Inc. Why? Gone are the days of leaders who issue directives from on-high; needed are leaders who promote organizational excellence through the input from and debate with the company's employees. L. David Marquet, a retired captain in the US Navy who successfully reinvigorated a poorly performing nuclear-powered submarine, reveals his atypical strategy for empowering his crew rather than clinging to more conventional military command methods in Turn the Ship Around. And CEO of Vital Voices, Alyse Nelson, fills her aptly-named Vital Voices book with the stories of women who have succeeded on the global stage as agents of change in a rapidly shifting world that desperately needs this new population of leaders.