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  • Image of Freakonomics
    Image of Freakonomics

    A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    by Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner

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    Freakonomics offers readers the hidden facts buried within the stories they live and see dramatized every day, along with the numbers and statistics that can help them draw sense from the chaos. By justifying the use of strange questions to get at the heart of the matter, the authors show how economists turn collections of facts into unusual theories and then prove them by applying critical analysis.

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  • Image of Nobodies to Somebodies
    Image of Nobodies to Somebodies

    How 100 Great Careers Got Their Start

    by Peter Han

    Nobodies to Somebodies explores how many successful people found their true callings in a wide range of fields, and went from Nobodies to Somebodies. Based on interviews with 100 highly accomplished leaders — actors, CEOs, senators, scientists and others — this summary describes the early paths they traveled, the hard choices they made, and the lessons they learned along the way. Describing many extremely diverse career paths, it explores common themes and lessons that can help anyone e

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  • Image of Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars
    Image of Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

    A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, bestselling author and acclaimed management expert Patrick Lencioni presents a dynamic leadership fable that reveals how organizations can overcome the “silos” that divide work units and paralyze performance. Lencioni also offers solutions to a key leadership issue — the impact of turf wars and political infighting on organizational effectiveness. Written in the form of a realistic but fictional story, this summary tackles a tough business issue in bot

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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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