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    Beating the Global Odds

    by Paul A. Laudicina
    Item #: 3510
    While the widespread proliferation of information in our 24/7 news cycle can yield great benefits, the overall result has been a decrease in innovation and leadership. Beating the Global Odds is here to help, showing you how to cut through the clutter and regain your focus as you confront the challenges of the future. Author Paul A. Laudicina offers a road map to building a better, more cohesive, and more coherent tomorrow, for your business, your world, and yourself.
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    The Pause Principle

    by Kevin Cashman
    Item #: 3502
    The constant barrage of information can overwhelm a person's decision-making ability. In The Pause Principle, Kevin Cashman makes the argument that today's leaders need to take the necessary time to deeply pause before acting. Leaders must make an effort to create vision, understanding, clarity and agility. Cashman describes the need to pause to grow personal leadership, develop others, and foster a culture of innovation. By following the pause practices Cashman describes, executives...
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    Who's in the Room?

    by Bob Frisch
    Item #: 3418
    At the top of every organization chart lies a myth — that the boss and senior management team make all the critical decisions together. In reality, most decisions are actually made by the boss and an inner circle of confidants — a "team with no name" that exists outside formal processes. This gap between the myth and reality of decision making causes significant problems. In Who's in the Room? Bob Frisch provides a unique perspective to this widely misunderstood...
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    The 3rd Alternative

    by Stephen R. Covey
    Item #: FBR0112A
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    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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    Tough Calls from the Corner Office

    by Harlan Steinbaum
    Item #: 3312
    Steinbaum, former CEO of one of the largest retail pharmacy chains in the United States, provides inspiring, thought-provoking stories from a wide variety of leaders. Steinbaum proves that in many cases, the toughest decisions an executive makes are often the ones that define his or her career. This summary will prepare any executive to handle difficult situations.
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    How We Decide

    by Jonah Lehrer
    Item #: FBR0809
    In this 2009 bestseller, author Jonah Lehrer takes a fresh yet informed perspective on the fascinating subject of how we make up our minds.
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    Judgment

    by Noel Tichy, Warren Bennis
    Item #: 3003
    Whether you’re discussing former United States presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs, military generals or college hockey coaches, leaders are remembered for their best and worst judgment calls. According to business gurus Tichy and Bennis, it is a leader’s judgment that can determine the fate of the entire organization.
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    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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    Blink

    by Malcolm Gladwell
    Item #: 2714
    Blink is about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant — in the blink of an eye — that actually aren’t as simple as they seem, and about those instantaneous decisions that are impossible to explain to others. In this summary, staff writer from The New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of...
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