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2012 Summaries

Executive Book Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2012
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  • Image of Turn the Ship Around!

    Turn the Ship Around!

    by L. David Marquet
    Item #: 3430
    From the vantage point of the commander of the USS Santa Fe, read how the crew completely turned the ship around, going from worst to first by questioning many of our basic leadership assumptions and shifting from take-control authority to give-control empowerment. Share the author's insights as the crew gains unprecedented decision making authority, the risks of doing so, and the reward of an exponentially more effective and more resilient organization. Learn how to achieve...
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  • Image of HR From the Outside In

    HR From the Outside In

    by Wayne Brockbank, Dave Ulrich, Mike Ulrich, Jon Younger
    Item #: 3429
    Can HR Deliver value to "the business"? Yes, it can, and it must. This book is filled with tips for guiding and empowering HR professionals — and entire departments — so that HR might bring benefits of a different kind to everyone in your organization. HR From the Outside In will teach you: the six key HR competencies; how to develop HR professionals to be high-performers; how to structure an HR department that delivers maximum value; and what it takes...
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  • Image of The Accidental Creative

    The Accidental Creative

    by Todd Henry
    Item #: 34BS12
    It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. The Accidental Creative teaches effective practices that support your creative process. You'll discover how to: focus in on your most critical work and reclaim your attention; develop stimulating relationships that will lead to creative insights; effectively manage your energy so that you are always ready to...
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  • Image of Team Turnarounds

    Team Turnarounds

    by Daniel Leidl, Joe Frontiera
    Item #: 3428
    As sports fans already know, behind every great underdog story is a leader who roots out the competitive advantage that will propel the team to victory. In Team Turnarounds, Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl share how this fine art of the turnaround really works, from how to inspire the team to the actual tools for change. Through interviews with team managers and turnaround masters in the NFL, MLB, and the NCAA, as well as managers at top global firms who have successfully reversed their...
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  • Image of Adaptability

    Adaptability

    by Max McKeown
    Item #: 3427
    Max McKeown's new book harnesses the essence of human survival — the ability to adapt — to help people succeed in business and all other aspects of life. He draws on millions of years of evolution to create a practical and strategic set of rules that take adaption from an involuntary coping strategy to a deliberate winning strategy. Adaptability proves that innovation is important but not enough. The ability to adapt smarter and faster than the situation changes is what...
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  • Image of Winning with Transglobal Leadership

    Winning with Transglobal Leadership

    by Nazneen Razi, Ph.D., Peter Barge, Robert A. Cooke, Ph.D., Linda D. Sharkey, Ph.D.
    Item #: 3426
    Operating and expanding business units offshore, selling in foreign markets, and managing global supply chains are just three of the many challenges that emphasize the importance of leaders that can transcend borders. Winning with Transglobal Leadership will help prepare your organization to meet this need head-on with a framework for developing and training leaders that best fit your global growth strategies. The book combines insights from a global team of author-experts. Together...
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  • Image of The Power of Habit

    The Power of Habit

    by Charles Duhigg
    Item #: 3425
    In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
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  • Image of The 4 Disciplines of Execution

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution

    by Jim Huling, Chris McChesney, Sean Covey
    Item #: 3424
    Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? By the time it finally disappeared, it's likely no one even noticed. What happened? The "whirlwind" of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow. The 4 Disciplines of Execution can...
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  • Image of From Bud to Boss

    From Bud to Boss

    by Kevin Eikenberry, Guy Harris
    Item #: 34BS10
    Perhaps the most challenging leadership experience anyone will face is their first promotion to leadership. They must deal with the change and uncertainty that comes with a new job, requiring new skills, and they've been promoted from peer to leader. While the book addresses the needs of any manager, supervisor, or leader, it pulls from the best leadership and management thinking, and puts the focus on the difficulties that new leaders experience. This much-needed book can help new leaders...
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