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BK Communiqué

"A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle."

                                     -- Japanese proverb

Spotlight
The Team Returns 

The Book:
The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do

Why Read It? As he did with co-author Ken Blanchard in the phenomenalbestseller The Secret (over 350,000 copies sold), author Mark Miller uses a compelling business fable to reveal profound yet easily grasped truths that can dramatically transform any organization. In fact, he even uses the same characters! Getting people to work together to achieve exceptional, sustained results can be a challenge -- but everyone knows that already. Mark explores the secret of what separates the teams that really deliver from the ones that simply spin their wheels.

 

Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off.
__________________________________________________________ For media and review copies, please contact Publicity Manager Katie Sheehan.
Publishing News
Wild Teams

In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore what sets apart high-performing teams from others in their dynamics and structure.

How hard is teamwork? It can be challenging, but is it unattainable? Many animals are hardwired for teamwork and, in a lot of cases, collaboration is the key to their survival. Long the stuff of teamwork legends, BK presents this issue's Five Crucial Teamwork Lessons from Geese.
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Other News 

+ Why not spice up your videos by adding Muppets to them? You can -- and at no cost.

+ Literary Review has released its short list for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for 2011.

+ Meanwhile, Amazon locked a Kindle user's account, denying a customer of eight years access to over $1,000 worth of books that he had purchased, without giving him a reason why.

+ With the release of Breaking Dawn (the latest film adaptation of the infamous Twilight book series), Goodreads released some alarming statistics about the rise of the Twilight Belt.

+ Penguin's new self-publishing venture has been called a rip-off and a scam by many, but it also has some unexpected supporters such as industry watchdog Author Beware.

+ Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had his choice of publisher (with hefty advances and marketing budgets), yet he chose to self-publish.

+ The King James Bible celebrated its 400th birthday this year.

+ Finally, a real (green) use for those phone books that people don't use anymore. The books can be made into building blocks.

+ Thad McIlroy thinks there's a lot the book business can learn from the music business, and he's absolutely right

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Freebies 

+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller: Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. Read the excerpt here.

+ Free Software: It's like YouTube, but for software downloads. Check out DownloadTube.

+ Free How-To: The list of the fifty best websites for writers can be found here.
BK News
Five Ways to Do It Wrong

Social media can be an incredible tool when used correctly by writers, but authors often do more damage than good. BK's Publicity Manager Cynthia Shannon gives you Five Ways Not to Use Social Media to Sell Your Book.

Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)

For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of the bestselling (over 350,000 copies sold) book The Secret, by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller, and you can download it here. In thanks for your loyal readership, this e-book will be available as a free download exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on December 9, 2011, you're going to have to plunk down $22.95 like everyone else.

Books We're Working On

Title: Sorry I Broke Your Company

 

Author: Karen G. Phelan 

 

Release Date: Winter 2013 

 

The Bottom Line: If management theories and systems (think "Management by Objectives" and "Process Optimization") are the religion, consultants are the high priests. With years as a top Fortune 100 executive and, yes, management consultant, Karen Phelan exposes the whole game as a sham. The takeaway? Consultants have forgotten that businesses are made up of real people, not numbers. Empathy, not MBAs, is the real future of management.  

 

Bonnie Blogs
Bonnie Kaufman, our Editorial Associate and Digital Community Builder, is dealing with all things editorial and all things digital...and swooning over candy-loving raccoons.

For this issue's blog, Bonnie examines internet memes. Many disregard memes as geek-humor fixtures, but they play a vital role in social and political movements.
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End Notes



  
 

Last time, I issued this challenge. The first correct answer came from Christine Miller, who lives in England and so had the time difference to her advantage. The answer can be found here.

And your next challenge can be found here.

Email me with any comments or rants as well as thoughts about what your preference for an aisle or window seat says about you.

And if you appreciated the strange science of the McGurk Effect in the last issue, it's time for yet another bizarre game from Japan.   

 

                          Jeevan


P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?