800-CEO-READ, a direct supplier of book-based resources, compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide.
Here are the best sellers for August. The descriptions are from 800-CEO-READ:
1. Lenovo Way: Managing a Diverse Global Company for Optimal Performance. By Gina Qiao, Yolanda Conyers. McGraw-Hill.
A powerful book that shows the step-by-step evolution of a new kind of global technology powerhouse, The Lenovo Way is indispensable reading for leaders and managers who deal with strategy, innovation, branding, and HR at any kind of company. It also tells the remarkable story of how two women from very different backgrounds rose to become leaders in Lenovo’s journey to the top.
2. Resource Revolution: How to Capture the Biggest Business Opportunity in a Century. By Stefan Heck, Matt Rogers. New Harvest.
Resource Revolution shows how to take what is being seen as a worldwide crisis and turn it into the biggest business opportunity of the past 100 years. The rapid urbanization of a new 2.5-billion-person middle class in Asia will create an unprecedented demand for oil, steel, land, food, water, cement, and other commodities over the next two decades. Heck and Rogers explore the ways in which innovators, including startups and global leaders from Cree to GE, have answered the challenge with practical steps to guide managers everywhere.
3. Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized, and Save Time! By Maia Heyck Merlin. Jossey-Bass.
Maia Heyck-Merlin helps teachers build the habits, customize the tools and create space to become a Together Teacher. This practical resource shows teachers how to be effective and have a life. Author and educator Maia Heyck-Merlin explores the key habits of Together Teachers — how they plan ahead, organize work and their classrooms, and how they spend their limited free time. The end goal is always strong outcomes for their students.
4. Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain. By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner. William Morrow
Levitt and Dubner offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian email scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.
5. Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You, Inc. By Simon T. Bailey. Sound Wisdom.
This book is your roadmap, your call to action, your opportunity to create accelerated results professionally, personally and financially. Shift Your Brilliance will teach you strategies for sharpening your focus, steps to clear your vision, actions to harness individual and organizational potential, tools to unearth what really sets you on fire, and tips on how to become a chief breakthrough officer.
6. Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else. By Jon Gordon. John Wiley & Sons.
Training Camp is an inspirational story filled with invaluable lessons and insights on bringing out the best in yourself and your team. The story follows Martin, an undrafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. He’s spent his entire life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the pre-season, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares 11 life-changing lessons that keep his dream alive — and might even make him the best of the best. Training Camp offers an inspirational story and real-world wisdom on what it takes to reach true excellence and how you and your team (your work team, school team, church team and family team) can achieve it.
7. Go-Givers Sell More. By Bob Burg, John David Mann. Portfolio.
Most of us think of sales as convincing potential customers to do something they don’t really want to. This mentality sets up an adversarial relationship and makes the sales process much harder than it has to be. As Burg and Mann demonstrate, it’s far more productive (and satisfying) when salespeople think like Go-Givers. Cultivate a trusting relationship and focus exclusively on creating value for the other person, say the authors, and great results will follow automatically.
8. From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership. By Harry M Jr. Jansen Kraemer. Jossey-Bass.
In this highly-anticipated book, Harry Kraemer argues that today’s business environment demands values-based leaders who, in “doing the right thing,” deliver outstanding and lasting results. The journey to becoming a values-based leader starts with self-reflection. He asks, “If you are not self-reflective, how can you know yourself? If you do not know yourself, how can you lead yourself? If you cannot lead yourself, how can you lead others?” Kraemer identifies self-reflection as the first of four principles that guide leaders to make choices that honor their values and candidly recounts how these principles helped him navigate some of the toughest challenges he faced in his career.
9. On Target Living: Your Guide to a Life of Balance, Energy, and Vitality. By Chris Johnson. John Wiley & Sons.
On Target Living offers focused strategies to achieve positive results. Everyone knows that exercise and physical movement contribute to better health, energy, and performance . The challenge comes with knowing what to do and how to do it. Author Chris Johnson has taught thousands how to live a life in balance, and here he shares his practices.
10. Change the Way You See Everything: Through Asset-Based Thinking. By Kathryn D Cramer, Ph.D., Hank Wasiak. Running Press.
This brilliantly simple book on the philosophy known as asset-based thinking, instills success-oriented habits in even the most diehard cynic. Its transformational lessons, conveyed through unique photographic metaphors and inspiring stories from real people, reveal how the slightest shift in perception can lead to monumental results in both business and in life. ABT is not just positive thinking, but rather a systematic observation of “what works.” Kathryn Cramer, an acclaimed corporate consultant, and Hank Wasiak, a creative icon of the advertising industry, have produced a work that looks and works like no other business or self-help book-because it is like no other book. Change the Way You See Everything is a revolutionary approach to every aspect of life that bears not just reading, but re-reading, and sharing with people in your circle. You’ll never look at the world the same way again.