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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 Fusion
    Image of Fusion

    How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies

    by Denise Lee Yohn

    Brand and culture independently drive business. In Fusion, Denise Lee Yohn shows that when you fuse the two together and create an interdependent and mutually-reinforcing relationship between them, you create even more organizational power.

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  • Image of Winning Well
    Image of Winning Well

    A Manager's Guide to Getting Results - Without Losing Your Soul

    by David Dye, Karin Hurt

    Winning Well offers managers a quick, practical action plan. They will learn how to stamp out the corrosive win-at-all-costs mentality; focus on the game, not just the score; reinforce behaviors that produce results; build productive relationships; and be the leader people want to work for.

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  • Image of The 80/20 Manager
    Image of The 80/20 Manager

    The Secret to Working Less and Achieving More

    by Richard Koch

    Bestselling author Richard Koch demonstrates how managers can be much more efficient and effective by applying the 80/20 Principle - the idea that just 20 percent of our time, effort and key decisions generate 80 percent of our success. The 80/20 Manager can help managers to focus on the issues that really matter, ask the right questions, find the right connections and realize meaningful achievement for their businesses and themselves.

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  • Image of The Art of Profitability
    Image of The Art of Profitability

    by Adrian J. Slywotzky

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    From the author of The Profit Zone comes a new guide to success. With careful pace, Slywotzky takes readers through 23 business lessons. Similar to a Zen koan, this book mixes Eastern philosophy with practical business takeaways. It will help executives fire an arrow directly to the bullseye of their companies' profit target.

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  • Image of The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning
    Image of The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning

    How to Turn Learning and Development into Business Results

    by Calhoun Wick, Richard Flanagan, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    The authors offer their experience and insight on how to turn training and development into noticeable business results, stressing the necessity for a strong educational program. Six specific disciplines are mapped out that will provide measurable outcomes when properly instilled within the corporate learning environment.

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  • Image of What Really Works
    Image of What Really Works

    The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success

    by Bruce Roberson, William Joyce, Nitin Nohria

    What really works? Today’s managers realize all too painfully that many, many things matter in achieving business success, but few of them can tell you much more than what worked for them. The authors of What Really Works conducted a 10-year study that turned 50 academics and business consultants loose on dozens of companies, looking for the answer to that elusive mystery — What really works? From that study emerged the 4+2 Theory, which provides the correct combination of primary and s

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  • Image of Play to Your Strengths
    Image of Play to Your Strengths

    Managing Your Company's Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage

    by Dave Kieffer, Richard R. Guzzo, Haig R. Nalbantian, Jay Doherty

    According to Haig R. Nalbantian, Richard A Guzzo, Dave Kieffer and Jay Doherty, principals of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a new, fact-based science of human capital management has emerged that is based on systems thinking, determining the correct facts about an organization, and focusing on value. With this new way of managing human capital, executives can use their human capital to its full advantage by aligning the human capital strategy with the business strategy and finally allowing st

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  • Image of The Future of Competition
    Image of The Future of Competition

    Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers

    by CK Prahalad, Venkat Ramaswamy

    In a world of infinite choice, instant gratification, and unbounded opportunities for innovation, why, ask University of Michigan Business School professors C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy, are companies still unable to satisfy customers or sustain growth and profitability? The answer lies in the evolving role of the customer in the value creation process. No longer do customers receive value through the purchase of products and services alone. Instead, the authors explain, individual custome

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  • Image of The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome
    Image of The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

    How Good Managers Cause Great People to Fail

    by Jean-Francois Manzoni, Jean-Louis Barsoux

    Manzoni, Associate Professor of Management at the world-renowned INSEAD business school in France, and Barsoux, a Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD, reveal the all-too-common phenomenon of employees, including those with great potential, who fail because of their superiors’ attitudes and behaviors. The start of the problem: managers who are too quick to label some employees as “under-performers” — and who then view any actions by these employees in a negative light.

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