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  • Image of What the CEO Wants You to Know
    Image of What the CEO Wants You to Know

    How Your Company Really Works

    by Ram Charan

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Executive consultant and author Ram Charan doesn't mince words. In this book, he presents the universal truths about what makes a successful business. Whether you run a small shop or a Fortune 500 firm, Charan provides the information to help your business reach new levels of speed, efficiency and profitability.

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  • Image of The Change Function
    Image of The Change Function

    Why Some Technologies Take off and Others Crash and Burn

    by Pip Coburn

    Known for writing some of the liveliest reports on Wall Street, Coburn has identified how some technologies are blockbusters (such as the iPod), while others are losers from the starting gate (like the video phone). The Change Function writes off the “build it and they will come” mentality that so many technology companies adhere to, and shows that technology demands a change in habits—more specifically it demands a change in consumers, who are often uninterested in trading in the norm

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    Image of Break From the Pack

    How to Compete in a Copycat Economy

    by Oren Harari

    To excel in the cramped business world today, individuals and organizations must learn when to leave the herd behind and break from the pack with fresh ideas and ahead-of-the-game innovation. Harari provides a four-pronged process in Break from the Pack for moving into the lead and leaving competition behind, while providing lively examples through the “Madonna Effect” and the “Willie Nelson Principle.” In what Harari calls a “Copycat Economy,” it is essential to differentiate as well a

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  • Image of The Speed of Trust
    Image of The Speed of Trust

    The One Thing that Changes Everything

    by Stephen M.R. Covey

    According to Covey, trust is one of the essential elements of business, and the ability to create, preserve and restore trust has become one of the most important skills today, inside and outside the office. In The Speed of Trust, Covey gives his readers all the key tools to cultivating trust in their relationships, while offering up the wisdom of other great leaders on the topic.

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  • Image of Twilight in the Desert
    Image of Twilight in the Desert

    The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy

    by Matthew R. Simmons

    This summary looks behind the curtain to reveal a Saudi oil production industry that could soon approach a serious, irreversible decline. Veteran oil industry analyst Matthew Simmons draws on his 30 years of insider experience and more than 200 independently produced reports about Saudi petroleum resources and production operations. What he uncovers is a story about Saudi Arabia's troubled oil industry, not to mention its political and societal instability, which differs sharply from the globall

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  • Image of Business @ the Speed of Thought
    Image of Business @ the Speed of Thought

    Using a Digital Nervous System

    by Bill Gates

    Information flow -- getting the right information to the right people at the right time -- is the “lifeblood” of any business, says Microsoft founder Gates. In this summary, he shows how to maintain this flow through a “digital nervous system” -- a single integrated digital infrastructure that uses digital tools as diverse as the Internet, PCs, computer networks, and specialized software to connect every component, every facet of your organization.

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  • Image of Free, Perfect, and Now
    Image of Free, Perfect, and Now

    Connecting to the Three Insatiable Customer Demands: A CEO's True Story

    by Robert Rodin

    Rodin, CEO of Marshall Industries, shows in this summary how he transformed a conventional electronics distributor into a high-speed junction box between customers and suppliers. The key: providing customers solutions to their problems that are free, perfect, and now. These three insatiable customer demands, says Rodin, must change your entire company -- from its mission and structure to the way you do business and even the incentives you offer employees.

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