Hot List: New York Times Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

August 30, 2011 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the New York Times with data from Nielsen BookScan on August 28.

1. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. This account of the Wall Street implosion highlights individuals who played crucial roles of responsibility.

2. Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business by Bob Lutz. American manufactures focus should be on product quality not on quarterly projection.

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Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy

August 24, 2011 - by: Mike Maslanka 1 COMMENTS

Employment law attorney Mike Maslanka reviews Harry Beckwith’s book Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy.

Take a look at Harry Beckwith’s insightful new book Unthinking: The Surprising Forces Behind What We BuyMarketing Consumer Behavior Books). The book reminds me of a quote from Dr. Samuel Johnson: “It is always better to remind than to lecture.”


Beckwith sketches out an experiment in which researchers filmed people going to a movie, counting how many had their seatbelts buckled. Before the movie started, the audience was shown a graphic film of auto accidents. The movie’s message: See what happens when you don’t buckle up. The researchers then counted how many of the moviegoers buckled up on their way home. Morepeople left without buckling up than had arrived without their seatbelts fastened.

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Hot List: Wall Street Journal’s Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

August 22, 2011 - by: Celeste Blackburn 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the Wall Street Journal with data from Nielsen BookScan.

1. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath. Are you unsure where your true talents lie? Do you feel that you are both a person who gets things done and someone who offers penetrating analysis? Well, you can discover whether you are truly an “achiever” or an “analytical” by completing the online quiz. Then, the book will give you “ideas for action” and tips for how best you can work with others. More of a patiencetester than Strengthsfinder, the quiz/book is probably best for those who have lots of time on their hands.

2. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. The author targets group behavior in the final entry of his trilogy of corporate fables. When the instructional tale is over, Lencioni discusses the “five dysfunctions” (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results) and provides a questionnaire for readers to use in evaluating their own teams and specifics to help them understand and overcome these common shortcomings.

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Hot List: Bestselling “Organizational Behavior” Books on Amazon.com

August 15, 2011 - by: Celeste Blackburn 0 COMMENTS

Amazon.com updates its list of the bestselling books every hour. Here is a snapshot of what is hot right now, August 15, in the “Organizational Behavior” section of the “Business and Investing” category.

1. Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli. Explains what’s wrong with “the meeting,” and meeting culture, but suggests how to make meetings more effective, efficient, and worthy of attending.

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Hot List: New York Times Bestselling Paperback Business Books

August 08, 2011 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling paperback business books as ranked by the New York Times on August 8.

1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. A look at what truly motivates us, and how we can use that knowledge to work smarter and live better.

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Hot List: Wall Street Journal’s Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

August 01, 2011 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the Wall Street Journal with data from Nielsen BookScan.

1. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath. Are you unsure where your true talents lie? Do you feel that you are both a person who gets things done and someone who offers penetrating analysis? Well, you can discover whether you are truly an “achiever” or an “analytical” by completing the online quiz. Then, the book will give you “ideas for action” and tips for how best you can work with others. More of a patiencetester than Strengthsfinder, the quiz/book is probably best for those who have lots of time on their hands.

2. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. The business columnist of The New York Times and her coauthor exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy.

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Hot List: Bestselling “Business Life” Books on Amazon.com

July 25, 2011 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

Amazon.com updates its list of the bestselling books every hour. Here is a snapshot of what is hot right now, this Monday morning, July 25, in the “Business Life” section of the “Business and Investing” category.

1. Five Minutes on Mondays: Finding Unexpected Purpose, Peace, and Fulfillment at WorkBusiness & Investing Books) by Alan J. Lurie. The author, who is a Rabbi, uses philosophy, theology, and science to help us answer our deepest questions, comfort our deepest yearnings, and become better people–more connected to each other, and to the Greater Purpose.

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Hot List: New York Times Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

July 18, 2011 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the New York Times with data from Nielsen BookScan on July 18.

1. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. This account of the Wall Street implosion highlights individuals who played crucial roles of responsibility.

2. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski. Exploring what women can do to get the compensation they have earned.

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Hot List: Wall Street Journal’s Bestselling Hardcover Business Books

July 11, 2011 - by: admin 0 COMMENTS

The following is a list of the bestselling hardcover business books as ranked by the Wall Street Journal with data from Nielsen BookScan.

1. StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup’s Now, Discover Your Strengths by Tom Rath. Are you unsure where your true talents lie? Do you feel that you are both a person who gets things done and someone who offers penetrating analysis? Well, you can discover whether you are truly an “achiever” or an “analytical” by completing the online quiz. Then, the book will give you “ideas for action” and tips for how best you can work with others. More of a patiencetester than Strengthsfinder, the quiz/book is probably best for those who have lots of time on their hands.

2. Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon by Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner. The business columnist of The New York Times and her coauthor exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy.

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Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It

June 29, 2011 - by: Mike Maslanka 0 COMMENTS

Employment law attorney Micheal Maslanka reviews Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It, finding it provides real insight into the ethics of judging employees on their outcomes and not their methods.

In Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It, authors Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel recount an experiment they conducted. Group A read that a researcher submitted a drug application and included data points that were earlier tossed out on a technicality. The drug was approved, but the patients who took it died. In Group B, the researcher faked the data points, the drug was approved, and it was a success. After the study participants read one or the other’s story, they were asked how unethical they believed the researcher to be. Those who read Story A were much more critical of the researcher than those who read Story B and felt that he should be punished more harshly.

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