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The Axiom Business Book Awards celebrate their second year with this list of the past year’s best business books and their creators. The goal of the awards is to celebrate the innovative, intelligent, and creative aspects of the books that make us think, see, and work differently every day. Click here to receive 2010 Axiom Awards (for 2009 releases) email updates.


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Announcing Results of the 2nd Annual Axiom Business Book Awards

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Jenkins Group Inc. is proud to announce the results of the second annual, 2009 Axiom Business Book Awards, designed to honor the year's best business books and 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 an information-hungry segment of the population, eager to learn about great new books that will inspire them and help them improve their careers and businesses.

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Axiom Award winning books are listed by their Gold, Silver or Bronze medal designations within each category.

Congratulations to all!

1. General Business/Economics

Gold: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely (HarperCollins Publishers)

Silver: Right Before You Write, by Jonathan O’Brien, Th.D. (Sandy Point Ink)

Bronze: Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years, by Paul B. Carroll & Chunka Mui (Portfolio/Sentinel)

2. Career (job search, career advancement)

Gold (tie): From Higher Aims to Hired Hands, by Rakesh Khurana (Princeton University Press) and How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What’s Left of Your Career, by Jason Seiden (Trestle Publishing)

Silver (tie): When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know, by Nancy Barry (Brown Books) and Seeing Yourself as Others Do, by Carol Keers and Thomas Mungavan (Significant Pursuit)

Bronze: The Busy Adult’s Guide to Making College Happen!, by Geoffrey Schmidt (Break Free Publishing)

3. Sales (sales skills, negotiating, closing)

Gold: Customer Loyalty Concepts: The First Interactive Thought Book, by Jeffrey Gitomer (Lito Press)

Silver: Maximum Horsepower: How to Strengthen Your Sales Force Quickly, by Ocean Palmer (Airplane Reader Publishing)

Bronze: Stop Selling and Do Something Valuable, by Steve Walmsley (Mastery Press)

4. Leadership

Gold: The People Pill: The Cure for Every Manager’s Number One Problem, by Ken Wright (Amanda Gore International)

Silver: Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin (Portfolio/Penguin)

Bronze: The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization, by Peter F. Drucker (Jossey-Bass)

5. Communication Skills/Networking

Gold: The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, by Dan Roam

Silver: Loud & Clear: 5 Steps to Say What You Mean and Get What You Want, by Karen Berg (Career Press)

Bronze (tie): Managing Thought: How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World?, by Mary J. Lore (Ferne Press) and Battles between Somebodies and Nobodies: Combat Abuse of Rank at Work and at Home, by Julie Ann Wambach, Ph.D. (Brookside Press)

6. Business Ethics

Gold: How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything...in Business (and in Life), by Dov Seidman (John Wiley & Sons)

Silver: Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, by Margaret Atwood (House of Anansi Press)

Bronze: Integrity in the Workplace, by Steve Marr (Business Proverbs)

7. Operations Management/Productivity/TQM

Gold: Choosing Project Success: A Guide for Building Professionals, by J.F. McCarthy (Pareto)

Silver: On Selling Management: The Path to a Better Top Line, by Spider Lockhart & Ulrich Herter (Arbor Eight)

Bronze: Physical Asset Management for the Executive, by Howard W. Penrose, PhD, CMRP (Success by Design)

8. Human Resources/Employee Training

Gold: Home Staging & Re-Design Course, by Judy Mandel & Kirsten Levinson (Haverhill Institute of Staging & Design)

Silver: No More Rotten Eggs: 13 Steps to Hiring Grade AA Talent, by Debra Thompson & Bill Greif (TG & Associates)

Bronze: 101 Movie Clips that Teach and Train, by Becky Pike Pluth, M.Ed. (Pluth & Pluth)

9. Entrepreneurship

Gold (tie): ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profits, by John Ivanko & Lisa Kivirist (New Society Publishers) and The Knack: How Street Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up, by Norm Brodsky and Bo Burlingham (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Silver: 1,000 Dollars & an Idea: Entrepreneur to
, by Sam Wyly (Newmarket Press)

Bronze: Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier, by Gary Harpst (Six Disciplines Publishing)

10. Philanthropy/Charity/Nonprofit

Gold: Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership, by Frances Kunreuther, Helen Kim & Robby Rodriguez (Jossey-Bass)

Silver: Doing Good Well: What does (and does not) make sense in the nonprofit world, by Willie Cheng (Jossey-Bass)

Bronze: Field Guide to Developing, Operating and Restoring Your Nonprofit Board, by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD (Authenticity Consulting LLC)

11. International Business/Globalization

Gold: The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy, by David M. Smick (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Silver: The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, by Amar Bhidé (Princeton University Press)

Bronze: The Collaborator: Discover Soccer as a Metaphor for Global Business Leadership, by Winsor Jenkins (DW Publishing)

12. Personal Finance (estate planning, debt management)

Gold: Grow Your Money: 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, and Invest, by Jonathan D. Pond (Collins)

Silver (tie): The Frugal Millionaires: 70 millionaires anonymously share their ideas about money to help each other and you, by Jeff Lehman (Mentor Press) and The Emotion Behind Money: Building Wealth from the Inside Out, by Julie Murphy Casserly, CFP (Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, LLC)

Bronze: Debt is Slavery and 9 Other Things I Wish My Dad Had Taught Me About Money, by Michael Mihalik (October Mist Publishing)

13. Investing (stocks, bonds, hedge funds, options, futures)

Gold (tie): Fibonacci Analysis, by Constance Brown (Bloomberg Press) and Trading ETFs: Gaining an Edge with Technical Analysis, by Deron Wagner (Bloomberg Press)

Silver: DeMark Indicators, by Jason Perl (Bloomberg Press)

Bronze: That’s What It Means! A Practical Guide to Everyday Finance Terms, by Peter Woan (Practical Guide Publishing)

14. Retirement Planning

Gold: Beyond Work: How Accomplished People Retire Successfully, by Bill Roiter (J. Wiley & Sons)

Silver: You Can Do It! The Boomer’s Guide to a Great Retirement, by Jonathan D. Pond (Collins)

Bronze: The Stories: Tomorrow – Your Business Without You, by Dick Yemm, CFP (Riley’s Press)

15. Coaching/Mentoring

Gold: Loud & Clear: 5 Steps to Say What You Mean and Get What You Want, by Karen Berg (Career Press)

Silver: Coaching Salespeople into Sales Champions, by Keith Rosen (John Wiley & Sons)

Bronze: In the Spirit of Leadership: A Vision Into A Different Future, by Cheryl Esposito (Plumb Road Publishing)

16. Success/Motivation

Gold (tie): Dare to Prepare: How to Win Before You Begin!, by Ronald M. Shapiro with Gregory Jordan (Crown Business) and Ready Thinking, Primed for Change: 5 Principles for Action in Times of Uncertainty, by John Baker (Wonsockon Publishers)

Silver: Hitting Your Stride: Your Work, Your Way, by Nan S. Russell (Capitol Publishing)

Bronze: A Passion for the Edge: Living Your Dreams Now, by Tim Tyler (Edenscape Publishing)

17. Advertising/Marketing/PR/Event Planning

Gold: The Age of Engage: Reinventing Marketing for Today’s Connected, Collaborative, and Hyperinteractive Culture, by Denise Shiffman (Hunt Street)

Silver (tie): Step Into the Spotlight! A Guide to Getting Noticed, by Tsufit (Beach View Books) and Powerlines: Words That Sell Brands, Grip Fans & Sometimes Change History, by Steve Cone (Bloomberg Press)

Bronze (tie): Emotionomics: Winning Hearts and Minds, by Dan Hill (Beaver’s Pond Press) and How Come No One Knows About Us? The Ultimate Public Relations Guide, by Robert Deigh (W Business Books)

18. Corporate History/Milestone

Gold: Shine On: 100 Years of Shiner Beer, by Mike Renfro (Bright Sky Press)

Silver: Ideas + Buildings: Collective Process, by Perkins+Will (Perkins+Will)

Bronze (tie): The Policyowner’s Company: A History of Northwestern Mutual, 1857-2007, by John Gurda (Northwestern Mutual Life) and Pride in Our Past, Promise for the Future: A Monumental Story, Rosemary Riesett Limmen (Monumental Life Insurance Company)

19. Real Estate (buying, investing, management)

Gold: Confessions of a Real Estate Mini-Mogul, by James S. Pockross (Samson Publishing)

Silver: The Foreclosure Revolution: What you need to know to make a fortune in today’s challenging real estate market, by Joe Sesso (Bonacci & Sesso Publishing)

Bronze: The Nuts and Bolts of Commercial Real Estate, by Mary A. Collins (Help You Books)

20. Business Reference (legal, how-to, technology)

Gold: Handbook of Industry Profiles 2008: Analysis and Trends for 300 Industries (Hoover’s Business Press)

Silver: CARLAW F&I Legal Desk Book, by Thomas B. Hudson and the Attorneys of Hudson Cook, LLP (CounselorLibrary.com)

Bronze: Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms: Third Edition, by Damien Abbott (Delta Alpha Publishing)

21. Memoir/Biography

Gold (tie): 1,000 Dollars & an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire, by Sam Wyly (Newmarket Press) and Le Deal: How a Young American, in Business, in Love, and in Over His Head, Kick-Started a Multibillion-Dollar Industry in Europe, by J. Byrne Murphy (St. Martin’s Press)

Silver: Everything New is Free: Thoughts of a Globetrotting Hotelier, by Peter Alatsas (Asia Media)

Bronze: No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Undoing of an African American Executive Company Man, by James Alston (BookSurge)

22. Business Fable

Gold: The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg and John David Mann (Portfolio/Penguin Group)

Silver: Awake at the Wheel: Getting Your Great Ideas Rolling (in an Uphill World), by Mitchell Lewis Ditkoff (Morgan James Publishing)

Bronze: The Dream Manager, by Matthew Kelly (Hyperion)

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