2016 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2016

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  • Image of Great Teams
    Image of Great Teams

    16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently

    by Don Yaeger

    Long-time Sports Illustrated associate editor Don Yaegar has conducted more than 100 interviews with some of the most successful teams and organizations in the country. From those, he has identified 16 habits that drive these high-performing teams.

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  • Image of Matter
    Image of Matter

    Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value and Become the Obvious Choice

    by Peter Sheahan, Julie Williamson

    In Matter, Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson show you how to identify the place where you can create the most value - your edge of disruption - at the intersection of old and new, where your existing profits, reach and reputation enable you to create the markets of the future.

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  • Image of Smartcuts
    Image of Smartcuts

    How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

    by Shane Snow

    In Smartcuts, Shane Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like “paying dues” prevent progress, why kids shouldn’t learn times tables, and how, paradoxically, it’s easier to build a huge business than a small one.

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  • Image of The Ideal Team Player
    Image of The Ideal Team Player

    How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork.

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  • Image of Winning Well
    Image of Winning Well

    A Manager's Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul

    by David Dye, Karin Hurt

    Winning Well offers managers a quick, practical action plan. They will learn how to stamp out the corrosive win-at-all-costs mentality; focus on the game, not just the score; reinforce behaviors that produce results; build productive relationships; and be the leader people want to work for.

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  • Image of What Millennials Want from Work
    Image of What Millennials Want from Work

    How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce

    by Alec Levenson, Jennifer Deal

    Using fieldwork and survey data from global research, Jennifer J. Deal and Alec Levenson have formulated a scientifically accurate picture of what really motivates Millennials around the world.

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  • Image of Committed Teams
    Image of Committed Teams

    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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  • Image of Deep Work
    Image of Deep Work

    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 Doing the Right Things Right
    Image of Doing the Right Things Right

    How the Effective Executive Spends Time

    by Laura Stack

    Doing the right things right requires leaders to manage the intersection of efficiency and effectiveness and follow 12 related practices outlined by Stack. Each of the 12 practices belongs to one of the 3T categories of strategic thinking, team focus, and tactical work, ultimately disclosing how to improve profitability and productivity.

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