2009 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2009

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  • Image of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management
    Image of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management

    Learn How to Apply Best Practices

    by Michael Bender

    There are plenty of books about project management, but this is the first one written for the people who have the most at stake: the senior executives who will ultimately be held accountable for the successes of the projects they approve and supervise. Top enterprise project management expert Michael Bender explains project management from the perspective that matters most to executives: adding value. Most books view project management from the inside, focusing primarily on lower-level issues.

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  • Image of The Upside of the Downturn
    Image of The Upside of the Downturn

    Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath

    by Geoff Colvin

    Geoff Colvin, one of America's most respected business journalists, says even the scariest recession has an upside. The best managers know conventional thinking won't help them win in these tough times. They're taking smart, practical steps that will not only keep them strong, but will also distance them from the pack for years to come. In his latest work, Colvin, author of the bestselling Talent is Overrated, offers ten solidly grounded strategies that will increase your company's...

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  • Image of The Next Level
    Image of The Next Level

    What Insiders Know About Executive Success

    by Scott Eblin

    What separates those who make it after a promotion to the executive level from those who don’t? Drawing on more than twenty years of experience working with new and seasoned corporate leaders, Scott Eblin has identified the key behaviors and beliefs that successful executives pick up and let go of. For every rising executive, Eblin’s practical coaching – interwoven with frank mentoring advice from top executives – is invaluable in achieving success at the next level.

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  • Image of How Did That Happen?
    Image of How Did That Happen?

    Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way

    by Roger Connors, Tom Smith

    The economy crashes, the government misfires, businesses fail, leaders don't lead, managers don't manage, and the people we count on for the results that affect our own performance don't follow through, leaving us asking, "How did that happen?" Surprises caused by a lack of personal accountability plague almost every organization today, from the political arena to every large and small business. How Did That Happen? offers a proven way to eliminate these nasty surprises, gain an...

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  • Image of Leadershift
    Image of Leadershift

    Reinventing Leadership for the Age of Mass Collaboration

    by Emmanuel Gobillot

    The age of mass collaboration is challenging the very nature of leadership, yet it also offers unprecedented value for leaders who know how to lead in this new environment. Author Emanuel Gobillot describes how to adapt traditional leadership roles and presents the tools necessary to embrace and succeed in this new age. Leadershift offers a new business model that will allow leaders to engage successfully with communities, recognize and develop talent, and win customer loyalty.

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    Image of Who's Got Your Back

    The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success –– and Won’t Let You Fail

    by Keith Ferrazzi

    Keith Ferrazzi, the internationally renowned thought leader, consultant, and bestselling author of Never Eat Alone, shows us that becoming a winner in any field of endeavor requires a trusted team of advisors who can offer guidance and help to hold us accountable to achieving our goals. Disregard the myth of the lone professional “superman.” The real path to success in your work and in your life is through creating an inner circle of “lifeline relationships.”

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  • Image of Leaders Make the Future
    Image of Leaders Make the Future

    Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

    by Bob Johansen

    We are in a time of disruptive leadership change. In a VUCA world –– one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity –– traditional leadership skills won’t be enough. Drawing on the latest ten-year research from the Institute for the Future, this powerful book explore the external forces that are shaking the foundations of leadership.

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  • Image of The Shift
    Image of The Shift

    The Transformation of Today’s Marketers Into Tomorrow’s Growth Leaders

    by Scott M. Davis

    The days of marketing operating in a vacuum and marketing and business strategies being created independently of one another are over. The best marketers are now creating integrated perspectives that start with growth aspirations of their entire organization. The Shift shows how this new breed of Visionary Marketers has become a successful catalyst for growth and transformation within an organization, as well as how you can become a marketing visionary too.

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  • Image of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    Image of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    A Leadership Fable

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, bestselling business author Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership powerful and instructive leadership fable. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the very heart of why teams –– even the best ones –– often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

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