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  • Image of The Learned Disciplines of Management

    The Learned Disciplines of Management

    by Jim Burkett
    Item #: 3611
    In The Learned Disciplines of Management, Jim Burkett presents a framework of individual disciplines that form a self-reinforcing management system for making the right things happen. These include planning, organizing, measuring performance, executing, following up, real-time reporting and problem solving.
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    The 80/20 Manager

    by Richard Koch
    Item #: 3608
    Bestselling author Richard Koch demonstrates how managers can be much more efficient and effective by applying the 80/20 Principle - the idea that just 20 percent of our time, effort and key decisions generate 80 percent of our success. The 80/20 Manager can help managers to focus on the issues that really matter, ask the right questions, find the right connections and realize meaningful achievement for their businesses and themselves.
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    The Power of LEO

    by Subir Chowdhury
    Item #: 3407
    Subir Chowdhury is the long-established global authority on the critical importance of quality and how to achieve it with Design for Six Sigma. Now, he takes it to the next level by showing you how to build quality into the DNA of your entire organization. In The Power of LEO, he describes how continuous focus on quality improvement can revolutionize any process from manufacturing operations to managerial decision making.
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    The Complexity Crisis

    by John Mariotti
    Item #: 3006
    Executives today face a crisis — a crisis of complexity. As you seek to expand profits, a number of new products, procedures and systems are created that, unexpectedly, stifle your bottom line. To this problem, Mariotti has the solution: simplify. In this far-reaching study, he shows corporate America that “keep it simple” is the way out of the Complexity Crisis.
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    A Bias for Action

    by Heike Bruch, Sumantra Ghoshal
    Item #: 2617
    In A Bias for Action, leadership expert Heike Bruch and management expert Sumantra Ghoshal demonstrate that managers often confuse activity with accomplishments, and motivation with true leadership. Based on the authors’ research across numerous industries, and illustrated with personal case studies from BP, Sony, GE, Philips and others, this summary reveals how great managers get results by engaging their own willpower through a combination of energy and focus. The authors present simp
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    The Science of High-Performance Supplier Management

    by Randy A. Moore
    Item #: 2503
    Moore presents an in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to procurement that will prove invaluable to purchasing managers as well as company executives. Based on practices developed in the procurement of high technology systems, Moore’s framework, called STeP (Systematic Technology for Procurement), is a repeatable, scientific process for purchasing.
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    Slack

    by Tom DeMarco
    Item #: 2412
    If you think that getting your employees to rapidly move between tasks is making your organization more effective and productive, think again. Efficiency expert Tom DeMarco challenges many of the most popular management theories by demonstrating how they are inappropriate for today’s knowledge-worker-based economy. In Slack, he shows companies how constant overtime and aggressive schedules work against their effectiveness and their ability to compete in the global marketplace. For organ
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    Six Sigma

    by Mikel Harry Ph.D., Richard Schroeder
    Item #: 2227
    Using examples of successful implementation of the Six Sigma Breakthrough Strategy at such companies as General Electric, AlliedSignal and Polaroid, Harry and Schroeder (both from the Six Sigma Academy, Inc.) lay out in detail the theory and practice of achieving the astounding level of quality (3.4 defects per million) at the heart of this approach.
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