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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on management issues including change management, managing people, crisis management, managing a virtual workforce, project management and more. Browse our extensive collection of management book summaries to solve your most difficult issues.

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    Image of The 3rd Alternative

    Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

    by Stephen R. Covey

    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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    Image of Good Company

    Business Success in the Worthiness Era

    by Larry Costello, Ed Frauenheim, Laurie Bassi, Dan McMurrer

    Laurie Bassi and her coauthors show that despite the dispiriting headlines, we are entering what they coin the "Worthiness Era." And in it, the good guys are poised to win. Across the globe, people are choosing the companies in their lives in the same way they choose the guests they invite into their homes. They are demanding that companies be "good company." The authors created the Good Company Index to look at Fortune 100 companies' records as employers, sellers and...

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  • Image of The Invisible Spotlight
    Image of The Invisible Spotlight

    Why Managers Can't Hide

    by Doug Katz, Craig Wasserman

    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 Full Engagement!
    Image of Full Engagement!

    Inspire, Motivate and Bring Out the Best in Your People

    by Brian Tracy

    In Full Engagement!, business success expert Brian Tracy shows managers how they can supercharge their employees' efforts. Packed with powerful, practical ideas and strategies, this eye-opening guide explains how to: unlock the potential of each person; motivate and inspire employees to peak performance; trigger the "X Factor" that maximizes productivity; drive out the fears that hold people back; create a high-trust work environment; set clear goals and objectives; and...

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  • Image of Making Strategy Work
    Image of Making Strategy Work

    Leading Effective Execution and Change

    by Lawrence Hrebiniak

    While formulating strategy is a challenge, executing that strategy can be an even greater challenge. In Making Strategy Work, Lawrence Hrebiniak offers a comprehensive, disciplined process model for making strategy work in the real world. This model covers every key success factor of effective execution, including organization structure, coordination, information sharing, incentives, controls, change management, culture and the role of power and influence in the process.

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  • Image of Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis
    Image of Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis

    7 Essential Lessons for Surviving Disaster

    by Ian I. Mitroff

    While a significant crisis or disaster can destroy many companies, other companies emerge from the worst crises stronger and better. Crisis management expert Ian Mitroff explains the seven competencies that all companies must learn if they are to survive a major crisis. The companies that successfully overcome crises, writes Mitroff, have the right heart, the right thinking, the right soul, the right social and political skills, the right technical skills, the right integration (of all the previ

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  • Image of Proactive Risk Management
    Image of Proactive Risk Management

    Controlling Uncertainty in Product Development

    by Guy M. Merritt, Preston G. Smith

    Proactive Risk Management offers product development teams a plan with which they can enhance their management of project risks by identifying risks early and managing them to diminish disruption throughout the project. Using a practical, easy-to-use, fact-based approach, it will help developers manage all the risks associated with a project. Although this process is tailored to commercial product development, it is applicable to many other types of projects with some adaptation.

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    Image of Why Decisions Fail

    Avoiding the Blunders and Traps That Lead to Debacles

    by Paul C. Nutt

    For more than 20 years, Ohio State University Professor Paul C. Nutt has studied how decisions are made and has written extensively about what works, what doesn’t and why. His key finding in all this work is startling: Decisions fail half of the time. Organizations spend vast sums of money and commit significant amounts of resources without realizing any benefits. Nutt writes that failures can be traced to three blunders and seven traps that ensnare decision makers; avoiding these blunders and t

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  • Image of The Heart of Change
    Image of The Heart of Change

    Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

    by John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen

    While most companies believe change happens by making people think differently, that isn’t the case. Instead, according to John Kotter and Dan Cohen, change happens when you make people feel differently. You have to appeal more to the heart than the mind. The authors offer a new dynamic — the “see-feel-change” dynamic that fuels action by showing people potent reasons for change that spark their emotions. Built around the eight steps of change first introduced in Kotter’s bestseller...

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