Archive for July 2008

What’s in a Name?

July 9, 2008

The Axiom Business Book Awards have established themselves as a program that annually recognizes the best in business titles. However, the word “axiom” itself has not merited the same recognition. If you have ever wondered about the origin of the awards’ namesake, fret no more. This entry from should clear things up a bit.



ax·i·om [ak-see-uh m]


  1. a self-evident truth that requires no proof.
  2. a universally accepted principle or rule.
  3. Logic, Mathematics. a proposition that is assumed without proof for the sake of studying the consequences that follow from it.



Winds of Change

July 9, 2008


Economic powerhouses beware; there’s a new kid on the block and he’s ready to play. Actually, make that a few new kids.


Author Antoine van Agtmael hit the nail on the head when he coined the phrase “emerging markets” decades ago. This term, accurately replacing what was formerly labeled “Third World,” describes the shift that is occurring in the global market. According to van Agtmael, these emerging markets will have claimed fifty percent of the global economy within the next quarter centaury. His book gold medal winning book, The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World, describes how countries like Brazil, India, and China have scaled the economic ladder and how they will continue to do so. Drawing upon years of experience and knowledge, van Agtmael also informs readers of how understanding this growth is crucial to understanding globalization in the future as well as the fate of the Western influence.



The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World-Class Companies Is Overtaking the World, by Antoine van Agtmael, was the gold medal winner of the Economics category. Visit the website by clicking here.


Early Bird Deadline

July 8, 2008

 A reminder to all entrants in our Axiom contest: the deadline for the first early bird discount in July 15th. The entry fee for all books submitted before this date is $95 per title, per category. After the 15th, the price increases to $115 per title, per category. Visit the Axiom website for more information.

Food for Thought (7/8)

July 8, 2008


“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.”

Henry Ford


“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

Helen Keller


“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

J.K. Rowling


The Culture of Collaboration

July 8, 2008


Collaboration – According to author Evan Rosen, this is the key to unlocking immeasurable achievement in the world of business. Lucky for us, his book, The Culture of Collaboration: Maximizing Time, Talent and Tools to Create Value in the Global Economy, can tell us how to obtain this collaborative status and reap the benefits.


A gold medal winner in the International Business/Globalization category, The Culture of Collaboration is not a book for casual reading. However, if you are committed to mastering the art of collaboration, it can guide you through every aspect. Whether it is dealing with the changing trends of business or the basic cultural elements that enable collaboration, Rosen is able to offer insight on every situation. Using the country’s most effective examples of collaboration within the workplace, such as the Mayo Clinic, the book demonstrates how the whole truly can be greater than the sum of its parts.




Here is what Katherine Hirzel of Red Ape Publishing had to say about The Culture of Collaboration after winning an Axiom medal:


“Sales of The Culture of Collaboration by Evan Rosen tripled after the book received a gold medal in the 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards.


Also, after the award, the book received several excellent reviews, including a review in The Washington Times that mentions the Axiom Business Book Awards. The book also received an awesome review in Communication World.  Also, a Russian language edition of the book will be published by Ecom publishers in Moscow later this year, and Red Ape Publishing is currently negotiating other foreign rights deals. The author is currently writing a spin-off book. Clearly, the gold medal in the 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards has made a huge difference for this title!  Thank You!” 


Attention All Axiom Winners

July 6, 2008

We are looking for feedback from gold, silver, and bronze medalists from the 2008 Axiom Awards.  We would like to hear anything they have to say about their experiences in the Axiom contest or its aftermath, including news on how their books are doing on the market.  If desired, all or part of what they have to say will be published on this blog, along with a cover shot of their book.  Questions and responses can be emailed to Julie Doherty at 

“To succeed in life in today’s world, you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job.”

Chin-Ning Chu


All the World’s a Stage

July 3, 2008


We’ve all been there: that nerve racking job interview, the anxiety filled first date, those unavoidable awkward moments at a party. Whatever the circumstance, Jane Marla Robbins is there to help. With her acting background and steady supply of advice, she can help turn any uncomfortable or stressful situation into your time to shine.


Author of the Communication Skills/Networking gold medal winning novel, Robbins demonstrates how the same techniques used by actors on the silver screen can translate into success in everyday life. Her book, Perform at Your Best: Acting Techniques for Business, Personal & Social Success, instructs readers on how to become more self-confident, charismatic, and relaxed when dealing with difficult problems and people. Acting Techniques provides the information to make you more comfortable with yourself and let your true personality shine through, no matter what you are doing.  

Visit the author’s website.