2015 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2015

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    Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed

    by Dennis K. McCormack, George S. Everly, Jr., Douglas A. Strouse

    Personal resilience is the ability to bounce back in the wake of adversity. The authors share a set of five core factors that protect successful people against psychological distress and emotional injury. These factors that act like psychological body armor can actually help a person to grow stronger.

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    Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

    by Ben Horowitz

    Ben Horowitz tells it straight as he shares insights gained from developing, managing, selling, buying investing in and supervising technology companies. He offers techniques for navigating the struggle of being a leader and explains why you should take care of the people, the products and the profits, in that order.

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    Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

    by Marshall Goldsmith

    Marshall Goldsmith shows how we can overcome the unappreciated triggers in our lives prompted by people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. Goldsmith details six engaging questions that can help us enact meaningful and lasting change in order to become the person we want to be.

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    Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

    by Adam Grant

    Adam Grant examines what shapes people to become takers, matchers or givers, causing some to rise to the top of their companies and others to slip to the bottom. Give and Take opens up a new way to approach work, interactions and productivity.

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    77 Eye-Opening Ways to Improve Productivity and Profits

    by Jeremy Eden, Terri Long

    Jeremy Eden and Terri Long have distilled 77 of their most effective techniques for generating real performance improvements drawn from their success working with major companies. If you think you don’t have the resources to be faster, better and more profitable, think again. Low-Hanging Fruit can help identify and solve hidden problems.

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    Your Foundation for Successful Leadership

    by John C. Maxwell

    To be a successful leader, you need to be asking yourself and your team key questions in order to learn, grow, and develop better ideas. Maxwell shares leadership questions he has gathered from others and from his own experience that will inspire both seasoned leaders and new leaders to ask great questions that will improve their leadership skills and careers.

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    The Mindfulness Alternative

    by Scott Eblin

    Top leadership coach Scott Eblin provides simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance and a personal planning framework for creating desired outcomes. Even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional. This is a guide that shows how to do it.

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    Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

    by Liz Wiseman

    Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible, youthful mindset of a rookie in order to keep up with what’s needed from employees in a rapidly changing world. Rookie smarts is a state of mind available to those willing to unlearn and relearn. Learn the four modes of the rookie mindset that lead to success.

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    How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results

    by William F. Baker

    Far from presenting a naive idea of kindness consisting of the simple give and take of benefits for supposed loyalty, this realistic book shows leaders how they can use sincerity, honesty, and concern to get the most from their people.

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