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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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    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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    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

    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

    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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    On Building Corporate Value

    by Mukul Pandya, Robert E. Mittelstaedt Jr., Harbir Singh, Eric Clemons

    The Internet can be a powerful tool if companies and consumers learn how to use it creatively and imaginatively. Case studies and articles from Wharton’s Knowledge@Wharton online journal support the authors’ strategies for building value through the Internet — including how to use the Web’s inherent communication, brokerage, and integration effects to your advantage.

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    12 People Skills for Doing Business Across Borders

    by Ernest Gundling

    Gundling presents a toolkit of the 12 global people skills that international managers, or anyone working with global partners, must acquire. These include interpersonal skills (eg. establishing credibility), group skills (eg. negotiating) and organizational skills (eg. managing change).

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    How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap

    by Jeremy Hope, Robin Fraser

    The authors show how to reform the traditional budgeting process, which currently consumes too much time while adding too little value. The problem is traditional budgeting’s focus on fixed targets and performance incentives. The authors argue for replacing centrally controlled, predetermined goals with self-regulating, relative competitive benchmarks and transfer the power and decision-making authority from the center of the organization to the front line.

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