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    The Snowball

    by Alice Schroeder
    Item #: FBR0209
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    This is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The Legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and those close to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies and wisdom.  The result is a personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as
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    Outliers

    by Malcolm Gladwell
    Item #: FBR0209B
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers examines the commonality of successful people and organizations and investigates as to why some of the world's greatest achievers are beneficiaries of hidden advantages.
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    Making the Number

    by Aaron Bartels, Greg Alexander, Mike Drapeau
    Item #: 3105
    Comparing a sales force to those of relevant peers leads to many opportunities to improve performance. Making the Number will show you and your sales team how to crush the competition. The authors take readers through their five-step methodology, showing how to select metrics; gather, compute, and compare external and internal data; and then actually use the data. Whether you’re a sales rep, a manager, or a CEO, this book will show you a better way to make your number.
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    Reality Check

    by Guy Kawasaki
    Item #: 3104
    For a quarter of a century, Guy Kawasaki –– entrepreneur, evangelist, venture capitalist, blogger and guru –– has cast an irreverent eye on the dubious trends, sketchy theories, crackpot jargon, and outright foolishness of what so often passes for business today. Too many people frantically chase the Next Big Thing only to discover that all they’ve made is the Last Big Mistake. Reality Check is Kawasaki’s all-in-one guide for starting and operating great organizations - ones that ...
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    The No Asshole Rule

    by Robert I. Sutton
    Item #: 31GTFS
    The No Asshole Rule provides a compelling inquiry into the difficult challenge of having to work with other human beings, and what you can do about it. Author Robert I. Sutton, Ph.D., provides readers with practical ideas for what they can do about a poisonous work environment and how they can survive the people who inhabit it. The No Asshole Rule sheds real analytical light on how this ongoing problem ruins morale, lowers productivity and can truly devastate a company's cultur
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    The Oz Principle

    by Craig Hickman, Tom Smith, Roger Connors
    Item #: 30PTFS
    This summary details how people and organizations, armed with attitudes of accountability, can overcome the obstacles, excuses and biases that keep them from getting the results they want.
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    Grown Up Digital

    by Don Tapscott
    Item #: 31FTFS
    Chances are you know someone between the ages of 11 and 30. You've seen them doing five things at once: texting friends, downloading music, uploading videos, watching a movie on a two-inch screen and doing who knows what on Facebook. They're the first generation to have literally grown up digital — and they're part of a global cultural phenomenon that's here to stay. The bottom line is this: If you understand the Net Generation, you will understand the future. If you're a baby boomer or Ge
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