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  • Image of Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    by Thomas Friedman
    Item #: FBR1208
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    The world has a problem. It is getting hot, flat, and crowded. That is, global warming, the stunning rise of the middle class all over the world, and rapid population growth have converged in a way that could make our planet dangerously unstable. In just a few years it will be too late to fix things –– unless the United States steps up and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean ...
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  • Image of The Brand Bubble

    The Brand Bubble

    by John Gerzema, Edward Lebar
    Item #: 3030
    The number of high-performance, value-creating brands is diminishing across the board. Yet at the same time, the financial markets keep raising brand valuations. The result: a brand bubble that could erase large portions of corporate intangible value and send another shockwave through the global economy.
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    Great Business Teams

    by Howard M. Guttman
    Item #: 3029
    Renowned business consultant Howard M. Guttman takes you inside some of the word’s most successful corporations to discover how a powerful new high-performance horizontal model has changed the way leaders lead, team members function, challenges are met, and decisions are made.
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  • Image of The Extraordinary Leader

    The Extraordinary Leader

    by Joseph R. Folkman, John H. Zenger
    Item #: 30TTFS
    For too long, the subject of effective leadership has been shrouded in fog and ambiguity. This summary removes the shroud to reveal leadership as a skill, one that can be consciously learned and developed by anyone. It identifies the competencies necessary for effective leadership by analyzing the responses of tens of thousands of work force members as they describe, in effect, "What makes a great leader?" Two of today's pre-eminent leadership experts analyze the answers and provide a
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  • Image of Straight to the Bottom Line

    Straight to the Bottom Line

    by Robert A. Rudzki, Shelley Stewart Jr., Douglas A. Smock, Michael Katzorke
    Item #: 30STFS
    First, procurement moved from a simple negotiation practice to a strategic interface with external resources. Next, it moved from simple procurement to supply chain management Straight to the Bottom Line highlights these new, valuable perspectives and enables senior corporate executives to turn the enormous top-line and bottom-line potential of supply chain and procurement into reality. By following the straightforward principles of Straight to the Bottom Line, senior corporate
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