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  • Image of Work With Me

    Work With Me

    by Barbara Annis, John Gray
    Item #: 3601
    Barbara Annis, a world-renowned expert on gender issues in the workplace, and John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, identify eight gender blind spots that create tension between the sexes at work and in their personal relations. This definitive guide brings insights and offers solutions to help both men and women to remove the blind spots that separate them, allowing for greater success and satisfaction in their professional and personal lives.
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    The 3rd Alternative

    by Stephen R. Covey
    Item #: FBR0112A
    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Conflict resolution has traditionally involved "meeting in the middle," a "lose - lose" situation in which both sides give up something important to find a solution. In his latest book, legendary management consultant Stephen R. Covey teaches you about the 3rd Alternative, a solution in which no one gives up anything and all sides share in the "win."
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    Stop Workplace Drama

    by Marlene Chism
    Item #: 3320
    Gossip. Power struggles. Poor team coordination. These are all symptoms of workplace drama. They're the obstacles that can drain your company of its best talent, get in the way of true productivity and profit, and eat away at the effectiveness of your organization. In Stop Workplace Drama, Marlene Chism shows how to change the way you and your organization confront and work through problems, implement effective management strategies in a drama-filled organization, and find new...
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  • Image of Divide or Conquer

    Divide or Conquer

    by Diana McLain Smith
    Item #: 32BS04
    In Divide or Conquer, Diana McLain Smith distills almost thirty years of experience studying and advising leaders to offer a new way to think about teams –– not as a bunch of individuals, but as the sum of their relationships.
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  • Image of Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer

    Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer

    by Michael Roberto
    Item #: 2804
    In Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer, Harvard Business School’s Michael Roberto shows company leaders how to stimulate honest, constructive dissent; use it to improve decisions; then align their entire organization behind those decisions. Drawing on extensive research, Roberto shows how to promote candor, leverage an organization’s wisdom, and build consensus that leads to effective action. He also presents examples from history while exploring how real organizations make r
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    Crucial Confrontations

    by Al Switzler, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, Joseph Grenny
    Item #: 2626
    Mastering crucial confrontations requires a specific skill set. In Crucial Confrontations, consultant Kerry Patterson and executive coach Joseph Grenny join forces with their fellow researchers and trainers Ron McMillan and Al Switzler to help others develop the skills it takes to resolve the most pressing problems, including quality violations, safety infractions, cost-cutting mistakes, and medical errors. The authors write that their research shows that most organizations are losing b
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  • Image of When Goliaths Clash

    When Goliaths Clash

    by Howard M. Guttman
    Item #: 2518
    In When Goliath’s Clash, Howard M. Guttman, the principal of Guttman Development Strategies Inc., a management consulting firm, describes how unresolved conflict in organizations, especially at the highest level, can have dire consequences. These include low productivity, employees’ anger and hostility, increased costs, and increased absenteeism and turnover. He explains that it is important for leaders to realize that conflict handled properly can actually be a great asset to a company
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    Capitalizing on Conflict

    by James W. Gibson, Kirk Blackard
    Item #: 2424
    Do you want to optimize performance? If you do, you must first find a way to create an environment that minimizes workplace conflict and integrates resolution strategies into management systems. Only by preventing or minimizing, bringing to the surface, and resolving conflict can you unleash the full power of the organization. Capitalizing on Conflict shows readers how a company can create a comprehensive, organization-wide effort to resolve specific conflict events with proven strategi
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  • Image of The Solutions Focus

    The Solutions Focus

    by Mark McKergow, Paul Z. Jackson
    Item #: 2420
    Businesses waste precious time and energies attempting to solve problems. Organizations that adopt the Solutions Focus, write Jackson and McKergow, can do a better job of moving the workforce toward the best possible future and away from the finger pointing and blame game of the problem approach. The key is to focus on solutions not problems, the future not the past, and what to do as opposed to who to blame. In other words, instead of fixing problems, find what works and do more of it. A method
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