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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.

  • 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
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    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 The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome
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    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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  • Image of Proactive Risk Management
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    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
    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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  • Image of How Digital Is Your Business?
    Image of How Digital Is Your Business?

    by David J. Morrison, Adrian J. Slywotzky

    Being digital is more than setting up a separate e-business or wiring your employees, write the authors. It means developing a business model that creates and captures profits in new ways.

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  • Image of Hidden Champions
    Image of Hidden Champions

    The Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders

    by Hermann Simon

    Some of the best companies in the world are ones you’ve never heard of. They like it that way – these market owners don’t want us to know how they capture markets, please customers, and hire the best. Simon lays bare their methods.

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  • Image of The Practice of Management
    Image of The Practice of Management

    by Peter F. Drucker

    How to manage a business, other managers, and workers and work.

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