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Three New Debut Best-Sellers

There are three  hardcover business books that debuted on today’s Wall Street Journal best-selling list (May 28-29, p. C 16).

They are:

# 4 – NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE by Christopher Voss (Harper Business)

# 5 – YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A SHARK by Robert Herjavec (St. Martin’s Press)

#10 – MAKERS AND TAKERS by Rana Foroohar (Crown Business)

We will watch to see which of these, if any, make the New York Times business best-seller list.  That is our primary source for selecting books for the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  Click here for information about our monthly event.

Of interest, our August selection at the FFBS, The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni (Jossey-Bass) climbed from # 7 to # 3 this week.  The Chris Anderson book, TED:  A Guide to Public Speaking (Houghton-Mifflin) dropped from # 3 to # 9 this week.

Short-Lived Best-Seller Splashes

It always interests me how best-selling books make an initial splash on the best-seller list, then just dry up, and disappear in a week.

These books debuted on the Wall Street Journal hardcover best-seller list on Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15.  None of them still appeared on the list published on Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22.  We do not have any of them scheduled for presentation at the First Friday Book Synopsis.

# 2 – FIND YOUR EXTRAORDINARY  by Jessica Herrin Dulullo (Crown Business)
# 5 – THE POWER OF THE OTHER by Henry Cloud (Harper Business)
# 9 – THE COURAGE SOLUTION by Mindy Mackenzie (Greenleaf Business)

Legos: A Key to Your Childhood, but also a Great Company!

BrickbyBrickCoverDavid C. RobertsonThe new book released about Legos brings back childhood memories for many of us.  What did you make with Legos?  Towers?  Trucks?  Railroads?  How tall did they get?  What happened if someone knocked them over?

This book is about the company.  Its’ title is Brick by Brick:  How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry.

The author, David C. Robertson, is someone whom you may not know much about.  How about these credentials?  He is a Professor of Practice at the Wharton School where he teaches Innovation and Product Development in Wharton’s undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. From 2002 through 2010, Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD), which received the #1 worldwide ranking by the Financial Times for its executive education programs. At IMD he was Program Director for IMD’s largest program, the Program for Executive Development, and co-Director of the Making Business Sense of IT program, a joint program between IMD and MIT Sloan.  Prior to IMD, Robertson was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, a consultant at McKinsey & Company for five years, and an executive at four enterprise software companies. David received his MBA and PhD from MIT and BS from the University of Illinois.

You can read the review of the book in the Wall Street Journal by clicking here.  I am waiting to see if this book hits the best-seller list in the New York Times.  If it does, I will select it for presentation at a future First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.  Continue to monitor our e-Mails for information.

And, if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can be a kid again!  Go to Legoland at the Grapevine Mills mall.  Click here for complete information.

Sure, this book is about a company, its leadership, its successes, and so forth. But, there is no way you will read it without also remembering how you held Legos between your thumb and finger, trying to press it into another Lego already on your table.

Remember that? Let’s talk about it really soon.