2016 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2016

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  • Image of Primary Greatness
    Image of Primary Greatness

    The 12 Levers of Success

    by Stephen R. Covey

    In Primary Greatness, a posthumous work, Covey lays out the 12 levers of success that will lead to a life of primary greatness: Integrity, Contribution, Priority, Sacrifice, Service, Responsibility, Loyalty, Reciprocity, Diversity, Learning, Teaching and Renewal.

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  • Image of Committed Teams
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    Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance

    by Derek Newberry, Madeline Boyer, Mario Moussa

    Based on research at the Wharton School of Business, the authors provide tools for aligning members of your team behind a motivating vision, making team meetings efficient and productive, and closing the gap between stated goals and actual behaviors.

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    Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    by Cal Newport

    The skill of deep work is the ability to focus with a distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. Author and professor Cal Newport presents a series of four “rules” to transform your mind and habits in order to cultivate this skill and make it the core of your working life.

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  • Image of Contagious Culture
    Image of Contagious Culture

    Show Up, Set the Tone and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives

    by Anese Cavanaugh

    Anese Cavanaugh shares her unique Intentional Energetic Presence (IEP) Method that can be used to help you revitalize your work culture in ways that encourage growth, productivity and innovation.

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    Image of Stretch

    How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

    by Barbara Mistick, Karie Willyerd

    Workplace futurist Karie Willyerd and college president Barbara Mistick offer evidence-based guidance to help you stretch to achieve your potential in order to remain relevant in tomorrow's changing work environment.

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  • Image of Mastering Leadership
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    An Integrated Framework for Breakthrough Performance and Extraordinary Business Results

    by Robert J. Anderson, William A. Adams

    Robert Anderson and William Adams present a comprehensive roadmap for optimal leadership development - individual and collective - that can create competitive advantage. They explore five stages in the evolution of leadership along with organizational structures and cultures that develop at each of these stages as well as six key practices for effective leadership development.

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    Image of First, Fast, Fearless

    How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL

    by Brian Hiner

    Brian "Iron Ed" Hiner tells what it’s like to be a SEAL and what shapes the intense sense of sacrifice, teamwork and mutual commitment they share. From his own 20-year career as a Navy SEAL and his hands-on experience of commanding hundreds of strategic combat missions and operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the globe, Hiner extracts business leadership lessons that can help leaders isolate what’s most important, especially in stressful times.

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  • Image of 5 Gears
    Image of 5 Gears

    How to Be Present and Productive When There is Never Enough Time

    by Steve Cockram, Jeremie Kubicek

    Kubicek and Cokram describe five gears that represent different modes of effectively connecting with others and balancing work and life in a meaningful and productive way. By shifting into the right gear at the right time, you can improve your relationships and increase your respect, influence and productivity.

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  • Image of Disrupt You!
    Image of Disrupt You!

    Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

    by Jay Samit

    Technology innovator Jay Samit describes the unique method he has used to invent new markets and expand established businesses. He demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike while offering empowering advice for anyone with a big idea.

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