Jim Collins

Creativity is natural and abundant, the natural human state. We are creative beings. Being creative is not the hard part. The hard part is figuring out how to marry creativity to discipline so that the discipline amplifies the creativity, rather than squelching it. Truly great entrepreneurs do not just have a great idea (and often, they copy their ideas from others). … [ Read more ]

Great By Choice

Jim Collins and Morten Hansen have spent close to a decade digging deep into what makes these companies tick, and how other managers and leaders can apply those truths to their own organizations. Their research is revealed in their new book, Great By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. An interview with the authors.

An Excerpt from The Network Is Your Customer

Speaking about what motivates a network of people to collaborate with companies, the excerpt comes from Chapter 7, “Collaborate: Involve Your Customers at Every Stage of Your Enterprise,” in Part II of the book, “Five Strategies to Thrive with Customer Networks.”

Frank Tyger

Progress is not created by contented people.

Ahead of the Curve Reviews

The 800-CEO-READ Blog links to and excerpts some reviews of the book, Ahead of the Curve by Philip Delves Broughton.

Friedrich A. Hayek

Each member of society can have only a small fraction of the knowledge possessed by all, and each is therefore ignorant of most of the facts on which the working of society rests…civilization rests on the fact that we all benefit from knowledge which we do not possess. And one of the ways in which civilization helps us to overcome that limitation on the extent … [ Read more ]

Robert J. Thomas

There is no point in trying to assess people’s abilities without first finding out what they care about. The same goes for trying to assess things such as “leadership potential” or “creativity” out of context. One has always to ask, in relation to what?

Robert W. MacDonald

Entrepreneurialism is a way of living life, not a way of managing life. The real entrepreneur has a certain spirit, an elan and an approach to issues that is just different. And that is the key. In a system that demands sameness, the entrepreneur is willing to be different. Only by being different can things be made better. That is the philosophy at the heart … [ Read more ]

Christopher Morley

Big shots are little shots who kept shooting.

John Kotter

Management is a set of processes that can keep a complicated system of people and technology running smoothly. The most important aspects of management include planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, controlling, and problem solving.

Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances. Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, … [ Read more ]

9 Minds on Marketing

800-CEO-READ offers this free e-book which reviews the work of nine marketing books, including:
1. The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling by Annette Simmons
2. Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Customer by Michael J. Silverstein
3. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
4. The Experience Economy: Work is Theatre & Every Business … [ Read more ]

Katya Andresen

Messages should do four things: establish a Connection, promise a Reward, inspire Action, and stick in Memory. (CRAM)

Peter Drucker

It is the customer who determines what a business is. It is the customer alone whose willingness to pay for a good or for a service converts economic resources into wealth, things into goods. What the business thinks it produces is not of first importance–especially not to the future of the business and to its success…What the customer thinks he is buying, what he considers … [ Read more ]

Warren Buffett

The five most dangerous words in business may be “Everybody else is doing it.”

John Maxwell

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

Peter Drucker

A time of turbulence is one of great opportunity for those who can understand, accept, and exploit the new realities. One constant theme is, therefore, the need for the decision maker in the individual enterprise to face up to reality and resist the temptation of what “everybody knows,” the temptations of the certainties of yesterday, which are about to become of deleterious superstitions of tomorrow. … [ Read more ]

Zig Ziglar

Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.

Keith Ferrazzi

What makes people great at small talk? However quickly they can transcend the meaningless chitchat about the weather and what company they work for and engage their conversation partners in discussions about stuff that really matters – like their favorite hobbies, their troublesome teenage children, their frustrations at work, their family relationships that really put a strain on them. Only when you talk with someone … [ Read more ]

Laurence Haughton

Don’t cross the line between enough and too much accountability. To what degree are we able to be accountable? Don’t have people accountable for things not under their control or purview as this comes across as unfair. Our managers ask for the impossible and we complain – that’s normal but not optimal. Measure the right things and draw the line between enough and too much … [ Read more ]

Big Winners and Big Losers – Bestsellers Compared

In the book, Big Winners and Big Losers, Alfred Marcus argues that business books are either agility-based or discipline/focus-based. In Appendix A of the book, Marcus offers a summary of various strategy books in relation to these two camps. 800-CEO-READ has posted the appendix online – very interesting…