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  • Image of The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership
    Image of The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership

    by Steven B. Sample

    Steven Sample, president of the University of Southern California (USC), has the leadership skills that have helped the school to receive international recognition as a successfully growing organization. In his book, Sample has compiled the skills and tactics required by leaders who want to improve their organizations and their ability to lead. His unconventional approach to leadership offers a plethora of new ideas about making better decisions, using time wisely, picking top staffers, reading

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    Image of Slack

    Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency

    by Tom DeMarco

    If you think that getting your employees to rapidly move between tasks is making your organization more effective and productive, think again. Efficiency expert Tom DeMarco challenges many of the most popular management theories by demonstrating how they are inappropriate for today’s knowledge-worker-based economy. In Slack, he shows companies how constant overtime and aggressive schedules work against their effectiveness and their ability to compete in the global marketplace. For organ

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    Image of The Horizontal Organization

    What the Organization of the Future Actually Looks Like and How It Delivers Value to Customers

    by Frank Ostroff

    Corporations in increasing numbers are switching from the traditional bureaucratic "vertical" structure of organization to a horizontal organization. And what's that? It rejects the separation of people and work into functional departments, such as marketing and customer service. Instead, it groups people and works around a few organization-wide, cross-functional core processes. All those processes lead to one end objective, creating and delivering something of value to the customer. By using de

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  • Image of Best Practices in Customer Service
    Image of Best Practices in Customer Service

    by Ron Zemke, John Woods

    Zemke and Woods lay it on the line: The primary goal of business is to satisfy the needs and expectations of customers. Profit, then, is a measure of how well you have achieved that goal. Then they plunge into letting experts tell you how to do this. Subjects covered in helpful detail include training employees, better satisfying customers by looking at your business from their viewpoint, and handling dissatisfied customers. (First step on that last one: Listen fully and without interrupting.) E

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    Image of Customers.com

    How to Create a Profitable Business Strategy for the Internet and Beyond

    by Ronni Marshak, Patricia B. Seybold

    If your Web site isn't producing as much business as you expected, read this book. It will head you toward profits. Start by making certain you know your end customers, who they are and what they want. Create a site that allows them to shop, order, purchase, and track delivery -- and not have to strain in the process. Capture information on them so you can anticipate their needs. And that's just the beginning of the help this book will give you.

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