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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 The Caterpillar Doesn't Know
    Image of The Caterpillar Doesn't Know

    How Personal Change Is Creating Organizational Change

    by Peter Moore, Kenneth Hey

    The caterpillar doesn’t know that it must transform itself to stay alive. Your company may be the same. The authors, managing partners at Inferential Focus, Inc., a New York market-intelligence firm, explain the roots and results of a personal revolution that has transformed the behavior of individuals as employees as well as consumers. Readers will be introduced to many butterflies -- from fashion designers to computer software companies to a manufacturer of pumps and valves -- who, unlike the

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    Image of Rational Exuberance

    The Influence of Generation X on the New American Economy

    by Meredith Bagby

    Most of your future customers will be Generation Xers, as will most of your future employees -- understanding them is an organizational imperative. Meredith Bagby will tell you about her generation: how they buy, how they work, and how they lead. She finds them enthusiastic and hard-working but savvy and rational at the same time. Generation X, she says, has a right to be confident and enthusiastic – rationally exuberant – about the future.

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  • Image of Leading at the Edge of Chaos
    Image of Leading at the Edge of Chaos

    How to Create the Nimble Organization

    by Daryl Conner

    Manage the inevitability of change by becoming a nimble organization, advises the author, the president and CEO of a research-based consulting firm. In this summary Conner builds on the foundation established in his first book, Managing at the Speed of Change, to help organizations and their employees recognize and successfully face the today’s flood of change.

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