2016 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2016

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    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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    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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    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 5 Gears
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    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!
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    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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    A Radical Approach to the Design of the Sales Function

    by Justin Roff-Marsh

    Sales management radical Justin Roff-Marsh presents a nontraditional sales approach that incorporates the division of labor, in which sales responsibility shifts from autonomous agents to a centrally coordinated team to build more efficient sales functions.

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    21 Things You Need to Know to Hit the Ground Running

    by David G. Pugh, Terry R. Bacon

    "Powerful Proposals" gives businesses proven strategies for creating customer-centered documents that outshine the competition every time.

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    Image of Smart Sales Manager

    The Ultimate Playbook for Building and Running a High-Performance Inside Sales Team

    by Josiane Chriqui Feigon

    The exploding demand for inside sales leaders means that top reps are being promoted even if they are unprepared for management. Despite their expertise with traditional techniques, many don’t "get" the new world of Sales 2.0.

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