2016 Summaries

Executive Summaries of the Best Business Books of 2016

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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

    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 Global Vision
    Image of Global Vision

    How Companies Can Overcome the Pitfalls of Globalization

    by Robert Salomon

    Global Vision offers a lens through which to view globalization in a new and compelling way, helping managers understand the risks associated with globalization while equipping them with the necessary tools to overcome those risks.

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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 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 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 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 First, Fast, Fearless
    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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