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Announcing the Semi-Finalist Results in our First Annual Axiom Business Book Awards

“Recognizing and promoting the world’s best business titles.”
Jenkins Group Inc. is proud to announce the semi-finalist results of the first annual, 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards, designed to honor the best business books of the year, along with their authors and publishers.

The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are a very well-read and informed segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire and inform them, and help them improve their careers and businesses.

Semi-finalists are listed below, in random order, within each category. When final results are announced next week, a Gold and Silver medalist will be named, and remaining semi-finalists will be Bronze medalists. Congratulations to all!

1. Career (job search, career advancement)

Get Ahead by Going Abroad: A Woman’s Guide to Fast-track Career Success, by C. Perry Yeatman & Stacie Nevadomski Berdan (HarperCollins); Double Outsiders: How Women of Color Can Succeed in Corporate America, by Jessica Faye Carter, J.D., MBA (Jist Works); No More Ramen: The 20-Something’s Real World Survival Guide, by Nicholas Aretakis (Next Stage Press); When Your Parents Sign the Paychecks: Finding Career Success Inside or Outside the Family Business, by Greg McCann (Jist Works)

2. Sales (sales skills, negotiating, closing)
The Entrepreneurial Conversation, by Edward G. Rogoff & Michael Corbett with Perry-Lynn Moffitt (Pinnacle Books); Trust-Based Selling, by Charles H. Green (McGraw-Hill); Think Like a CEO, by Mark Kuta, Jr. (Flow Publishing)

3. Leadership
Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, by Noel M. Tichy and Warren G. Bennis (Portfolio/Penguin Group); Leaders’ Playbook, by Reldan S. Nadler, Psy.D. (Psyccess Press); Traction: Get a Grip On Your Business, by Gino Wickman (Entrepreneurial Operating System); Surrounded by Geniuses, by Dr. Alan S. Gregerman (Sourcebooks); Creating WE: Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking & Build a Healthy Thriving Organization, by Judith E. Glaser (Platinum Press); Conscious Business: How To Build Value Through Values, by Fred Kofman (Sounds True)

4. Communication Skills/Networking
Perform at Your Best: Acting Techniques for Business, Personal & Social Success, by Jane Marla Robbins (Plain White Press); Trust and Betrayal in the Workplace, by Dennis S. Reina, Ph.D. and Michelle L. Reina, Ph.D. (Berrett Koehler); Talk To Me, by Dr. Dennis O’Grady (New Insights Communications)

5. Business Ethics
Branded!: How the Certification Revolution
is Transforming Global Corporations
, by Michael E. Conroy (New Society Press); The Truth About Trust in Business, by Vanessa Hall (Entente); Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy, by Hazel Henderson with Simran Sethi (Chelsea Green); The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse, by Marianne M. Jennings, J.D.

6. Operations Management/Productivity/TQM
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman (Entrepreneurial Operating System); The Power of Paradox, by H. Evan Woodhead (Hasley Enterprises); The Halo Effect, by Phil Rosenweig (Free Press); A Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development, by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD

7. Human Resources/Employee Training
Growing Great Employees, by Erika Andersen (Portfolio/Penguin Group); The Retailer’s Roadmap to Success, by Andy Buyting (GVP Publishing); HR Excellence, by Scott Weston (Excellence Media); Achieve Brand Integrity! , by Gregg Lederman (B@W Press)

8. Entrepreneurship
Running a Bar for Dummies, by Ray Foley and Heather Dismore (Wiley Publishing); Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons, by Seymour Schulich with Derek DeCloet (Key Porter Books); My Painting is Done, Now What Do I Do? , by Suzie Seerey-Lester (Mermaid Press); From Edison to iPod: Protect Your Ideas and Make Money, by Frederick Mostert (Dorling Kindersley Ltd.)

9. Philanthropy/Charity/Nonprofit
Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits, by Leslie R. Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant (Jossey-Bass); Migrating from Innovation to Entrepreneurship: How Non-Profits are Moving toward Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency, by Jerr Boschee (Encore! Press); Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, by Allison H. Fine (Jossey-Bass)

10. Accounting/Taxes
International Aspects of Individual U.S. Tax Returns, by Paula N. Singer, Esq. (Windstar Publishing); Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles, and Procedures: Volume 1, Building the Conceptual Foundation, by Gregory R. Mostyn (Worthy & James Publishing); Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles, and Procedures: Volume 2, Applying Principles and Procedures, by Gregory R. Mostyn (Worthy & James Publishing)

11. Economics (micro, macro, global finance)
The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World, by Antoine van Agtmael (Free Press); The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, by Mark Anielski (New Society Publishers); Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

12. Personal Finance (estate planning, debt management)
The Quiet Millionaire: A Guide for Accumulating and Keeping Your Wealth, by Brett Wilder (FMG Publishing); Life is Short, Art is Long, by Michael Mendelsohn with Paige Stover Hague, Esq. (Wealth Management Press); The Lies About Money, by Ric Edelman (Free Press)

13. Investing (stocks, bonds, hedge funds, options, futures)
The Options Playbook, by Brian Overby (TradeKing); Bonds: The Unbeaten Path to Secure Investment Growth, by Hildy Richelson & Stan Richelson; Polar Perspectives, by David Bensimon (Polar Pacific)

14. Retirement Planning
Retirement Income Redsigned: Master Plans for Distribution, edited by Harol Evensky & Deena B. Katz (Bloomberg); The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate, by Sandy Baker (Atlantic Publishing); Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals, by Sid Mittra and Anandi P. Sahu with Robert A. Crane (Rochester Hills Publishing)

15. Coaching/Mentoring
Motivator Teacher Shrink: How to Attract and Develop Highly Successful Salespeople, by Bob Teichart (Motes Publishing); Mentor: The Kid & the CEO, by Tom Pace with Walter Jenkins (MentorHope Publishing); The ABC’s of Leadership, by Douglas R. Bender

16. Success/Motivation
Lasting Contribution: How to Think, Plan, and Act to Accomplish Meaningful Work, by Tad Waddington (B2 Books/Agate); The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World, by Vince Poscente (Bard Press); Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny, by Suze Orman (Spiegel & Grau); The Dip: The Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) , by Seth Godin (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

17. Advertising/Marketing/PR/Event Planning
Now Is Gone, by Geoff Livingston with Brian Solis (Bartleby Press); Beyond Buzz: The Next Generation of Word-of-Mouth Marketing, by Lois Kelly (Amacom); Press Releases Are Not a PR Strategy: An Executive’s Guide to Public Relations, by Linda B. VandeVrede (VandeVrede Public Relations); Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking, by Andy Sernovitz (Kaplan Publishing); The Science of Spiritual Marketing: Initiation Into Magnetism, by Andrea Adler (Prasad Publishing)

18. Branding (corporate history, anniversary, promo)
A Legacy of Trust: The Story of FCCI, by E.L. Wilks (Legacies & Memories); Timber Frames: Designing Your Custom Home, by Jeremy Bonin with Rebecca Sandiford (The Heliconia Press); Responsible to the Earth: The Remarkable History of the Port Blakely Companies, by Ross Yockey & L. Beth Yockey (Abecedary Press)

19. Self-Employment/Home-Based Business
Bankable Business Plans (2nd Edition) , by Edward G. Rogoff (Rowhouse Publishing); Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career, by Karen Steede Terry (CMS Press); The Writer Within You, by Charles Jacobs (Caros Books)

20. Real Estate (buying, investing, management)
Lawyers Are Liars: The Truth About Protecting Our Assets! , by Mark J. Kohler (Life’s Plan Publishing); Foreclosure Investing for Dummies, by Ralph R. Roberts with Joe Kraynak (Wiley); Flipping Confidential: The Secrets of Renovating Property for Profit in Any Market, by Kirsten Kemp (Wiley)

21. Business Reference (legal, how-to)
Reverse Mergers: Taking a Company Public Without an IPO, by David N. Feldman (Bloomberg); The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook, by Douglas Robert Brown (Atlantic Publishing); International Petroleum Encyclopedia 2007, edited by Joseph Hilyard (PennWell)

22. Memoir/Biography
Northern Tigers: Building Ethical Canadian Corporate Champions, by Dick Haskayne with Paul Grescoe (Key Porter Books); Small Town Showdown, by Eileen Umbehr (Xulon Press); The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, by Julia Flynn Siler (Gotham Books/Penguin Group)

23. Business Fable
The Dream Manager, by Matthew Kelly (Hyperion); Sell the Feeling: The 6-Step System that Drives People to Do Business with You, by Larry Pinci & Phil Glosserman (Mindworks Media); Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done – Now! , by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig (Portfolio/Penguin Group); Ask Dr. Mac: Take the Journey to Authentic Leadership, by Greg Giesen (GGA Inc. Publishers)

24. International Business/Globalization
World Inc.: Businesses Are Now More Powerful than Government, by Bruce Piasecki (Sourcebooks); The Culture of Collaboration: Maximizing Time, Talent and Tools to Create Value in the Global Economy, by Evan Rosen (Red Ape Publishing); Doing Business in China for Dummies, by Robert Collins, MBA and Carson Block, Esq. (Wiley)

25. Technology/Computers
Big Bim, Little Bim: The Practical Approach to Building Information Modeling, by Finith Jernigan (4Site Press); Fundamentals of Performance Engineering: You can’t spell firefighter without IT, by Keith Smith and Bob Wescott (HyPerformix Press); Flash CS3 Professional with Rich Shupe, by Rich Shupe (lynda.com)