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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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    Good Boss, Bad Boss

    by Robert I. Sutton
    Item #: 34BS06
    How a boss wields his or her power over an employee is bound to result in feelings that might include resentment, confusion or possibly comfort. If you are a boss, are you attuned to how your words and actions affect your employees? Good Boss, Bad Boss is for bosses and those who have bosses. It details how to adopt the characteristics of a good boss and survive the flaws of a bad boss. Dr. Sutton uses real-life case studies and behavioral science research to reveal exactly what the...
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    The Invisible Spotlight

    by Doug Katz, Craig Wasserman
    Item #: 3401
    Based on four decades of experience as management consultants, Wasserman and Katz make a compelling argument that all managers work in the heat of an invisible spotlight where their every word and deed are scrutinized by employees. Remarkably, most employees are unaware of this reality. The authors tell illuminating stories from the trenches about management successes and misadventures that offer a fresh, practical perspective on building sound management relationships.
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  • Image of Bury My Heart at Conference Room B

    Bury My Heart at Conference Room B

    by Stan Slap
    Item #: 3313
    Consultant and author Slap helps executives ignite the massive power of any manager's emotional commitment to his or her company. Slap provides a remarkable process that allows you to use your own values to achieve tremendous success.
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    Managing

    by Henry Mintzberg
    Item #: 3206
    A half century ago Peter Drucker put management on the map. Leadership has since put it off. In his latest book, Henry Mintzberg aims to restore management to its proper place: front and center. “We should be seeing managers as leaders,” he writes, “and leadership as management practiced well.” This book is classic Mintzberg: iconoclastic, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-breaking. Managing may be the most revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they...
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    The Definitive Drucker

    by Elizabeth Haas Edersheim
    Item #: 2921
    Considered the father of modern management, Peter Drucker spent the last 16 months of his life speaking about the world of business with Edersheim, a respected management thinker in her own right. The Definitive Drucker provides his final thoughts about the development of modern business.
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    The Hands-Off Manager

    by Duane Black, Steve Chandler
    Item #: 2917
    The main reason for quitting that employees cite in exit interviews is “my manager.” However, most managers are not aware of this problem, and would not know what to do about it if they were aware.
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  • Image of The Starfish and the Spider

    The Starfish and the Spider

    by Ori Brafman, Rod Beckstrom
    Item #: 2902
    A spider has legs, a central body and a tiny head. Chop off the spider’s head and it dies. That’s what happens in a centralized organization with a clear leader in charge. A decentralized organization is more like a starfish — no head, only a decentralized network of cells. This book addresses the differences between the two organizational styles and why a smart business model contains parts of both.
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    Tough Management

    by Chuck Martin
    Item #: 2724
    Faced with shrinking budgets, smaller staffs, shorter deadlines, more demanding customers and an unrelenting call for innovation and growth, many executives need a fresh, bottom-line approach designed for what really works in today’s business environment. This new approach is what business strategist and CEO of NFI Research Chuck Martin offers in Tough Management. Based on more than two years of surveys of more than 2,000 senior executives and managers, this summary provides managers wi
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