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Bookscan – Week Ending 8/7/05

Wiley Sales Conference: August 2005

It was sales conference time again this week. I posted about our previous sales conference and thought it would be a good idea to mention some of the most interesting books that were talked about at this week’s session.

I might as well start things off right and mention a book from my own group which happened to get a lot of attention: Naked Conversations, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel. This book, of course, was the reason why I launched my own blog. Anyone who follows the authors on their book blog knows that this one is coming along quite nicely. I can’t wait for it to publish in January.  (Robert and Shel: Our sales force is equally enthusiastic about this one.)

Patrick Lencioni is one of Wiley’s most well known authors. Death by Meeting and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team are two of his most popular titles. His next book is called Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. Ouch. I can already feel the pain of this one hitting home.

Another interesting upcoming management book that caught my eye is called Blueprint to a Billion, by David Thomson. The book promises to uncover the success pattern of many of America’s highest growth companies. Thomson is going to focus exclusively on companies that IPO’d after 1984 and have grown to $1 billion in revenue.

Finally, a fun children’s book from the Discovery Channel called MythBusters: Don’t Try This at Home. It’s positioned as a companion to the TV series with the same name and the featured experiments look like a blast.

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