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  • Image of The Pumpkin Plan

    The Pumpkin Plan

    by Mike Michalowicz
    Item #: 3506
    Inspired by an article about how to grow a giant pumpkin, Mike Michalowicz modified the step-by-step approach to grow a business. Applying it successfully to building his own company, he was able to transform it into a multimillion-dollar industry leader. Michalowicz now lays out the process for others to follow in The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field. Additional stories from other successful entrepreneurs who have followed the plan...
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    What Matters Now

    by Gary Hamel
    Item #: 3416
    What Matters Now is Gary Hamel's impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?" The answer is found in five paramount issues: values, innovation, adaptability, passion, and ideology.
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    Flash Foresight

    by John David Mann, Daniel Burrus
    Item #: 3314
    From small businesses to multinationals, individual careers to entire industries, Flash Foresight looks at how Daniel Burrus's seven radical flash foresight "triggers" have transformed dozens of careers, fortunes, and lives. Flash Foresight provides an easy-to-implement blueprint for applying the same strategies to your own business, enabling you to see the invisible and do the impossible. Today, as the pace of technological change accelerates almost beyond...
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    The 2020 Workplace

    by Jeanne C. Meister, Karie Willyerd
    Item #: 3226
    The multi-generations that will make up the workforce in 2020 will place new demands on employers who will be challenged to manage employees who have vastly different values, beliefs and expectations. The 2020 Workplace can be a useful guide to help you and your organization create tomorrow’s workplace of choice.
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  • Image of The Services Shift

    The Services Shift

    by Robert Kennedy
    Item #: 3113
    By now, most business people, pundits, and politicians in the United States and other developed nations have come to grips with the phenomenon of manufacturing jobs moving offshore: The process is variously referred to as "outsourcing" or "offshoring. " But a far bigger wave of change is approaching the shores of those same developed nations: the globalization of services. Where are the jobs going? Which companies benefit –– or could benefit? How exactly does services offshoring work?
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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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    The Age of Turbulence

    by Alan Greenspan
    Item #: FBR0208
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    After serving 18.5 years as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Alan Greenspan has set pen to paper to bring his fascinating life story to millions of readers. Starting The Age of Turbulence with the tale of his personal life he then moves on to discuss the nature of the past, present and future economy, with the final chapter focused on a forecast for the year 2030.
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    Microtrends

    by Mark Penn
    Item #: FBR1207
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Join Penn for a fast-paced ride through more than 70 “microtrends” found in politics, family life, religion and leisure and how each one is impacting our lifestyles as well as our business world.
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    Get There Early

    by Bob Johansen
    Item #: 2929
    Very few leaders consult a crystal ball or a psychic when it comes to looking into the future with regards to their business; nonetheless, they are still responsible for understanding how the decisions they made yesterday will affect their organization five years from now. Johansen and the Institute for the Future provide their insights into the next decade, and show readers how they too can begin to navigate the road to the future.
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