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2012 Summaries

Executive Book Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2012
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    Break Your Own Rules

    by Kathryn Heath, Mary Davis Holt, Jill Flynn
    Item #: 34BTFS
    Women hold just 11 percent of the most senior-level leadership positions in U.S. Corporations—a number that hasn't changed in over 30 years. How can women break through? Break Your Own Rules distills the six faulty assumptions (or "rules") most women follow that get in the way and then delivers the correlating new rules that promise to clear that path.
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    Mindset

    by Carol Dweck
    Item #: 34ETFS
    World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly profound idea — the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.
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    Leadership and Self-Deception

    by The Arbinger Institute
    Item #: 34FTFS
    In Leadership and Self-Deception The Arbinger Institute exposes the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.
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    The Coming Jobs War

    by Jim Clifton
    Item #: 34GTFS
    In a provocative book for business and government leaders, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton describes how this undeniable fact will affect all leadership decisions as countries wage war to produce the best jobs. While the statistics are dire, Clifton remains optimistic about America’s ability to win the jobs war. The Coming Jobs War offers a brutally honest look at America’s biggest problem and a cogent prescription for solving it.
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    Return on Impact

    by David Nour
    Item #: 34HTFS
    Return on Impact hands leaders the tools that associations and other membership organizations can wield in order to harness the opportunities of the socially enabled world and ensure their growth in the coming times. David Nour charts the implications of a socially enabled world and the reinvention - in structure and governance, talent acquisition, listening practices, and business and revenue models - that leaders of organizations must undertake to fuel growth in the next decade.
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    Chasing Stars

    by Boris Groysberg
    Item #: 34ITFS
    It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. In Chasing Stars, Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be.
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  • Image of The Courage to Act

    The Courage to Act

    by Merom Klein, Rod Napier
    Item #: 34JTFS
    In workplaces where jobs change constantly, having the courage to speak and hear the truth, inspire hope, take a stand and trust in relationships is what defines high performers. With powerful examples of courage in action, The Courage to Act explores the skills you need to embrace change and capitalize on opportunities, inspire courage in your teammates, and respond to your own personal moments of truth with the courage to push ahead and make the right things happen.
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  • Image of The Challenger Sale

    The Challenger Sale

    by Brent Adamson, Matthew Dixon
    Item #: 34KTFS
    Based on a study of thousands of sales reps across multiple industries and geographies, The Challenger Sale argues that classic relationship building is a losing approach, especially when it comes to selling complex, large-scale business-to-business solutions. The authors' study found that every sales rep in the world falls into one of five distinct profiles, and while all of these types of reps can deliver average sales performance, but only one-the Challenger- delivers consistently.
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    Bounce

    by Matthew Syed
    Item #: 34LTFS
    Award-winning journalist Matthew Syed reveals the hidden clues to success - in sports, business, school, and just about anything else that you'd want to be great. Bounce reveals how competition - the most vivid, primal and dramatic of human pursuits - provides vital insight into many of the most controversial issues of our time.
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