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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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    Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck - Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

    by Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another groundbreaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous...

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    A Leader's Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce

    by Eric Chester

    Work ethic in America is fast declining, plaguing young and old alike. But in Reviving Work Ethic, Eric Chester shows that you do best to focus on your young employees — those whose habits and ideals can still be influenced. He presents an incisive look at the root of the entitlement mentality that afflicts many in the emerging workforce and shows readers the specific actions they can take to give their employees a deep commitment to performing excellent work. His advice is...

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    The Revolutionary Process for Achieving Extraordinary Results

    by Subir Chowdhury

    Subir Chowdhury is the long-established global authority on the critical importance of quality and how to achieve it with Design for Six Sigma. Now, he takes it to the next level by showing you how to build quality into the DNA of your entire organization. In The Power of LEO, he describes how continuous focus on quality improvement can revolutionize any process from manufacturing operations to managerial decision making.

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  • Image of Breakthrough Business Results with MVT
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    A Fast, Cost-Free, "Secret Weapon" for Boosting Sales, Cutting Expenses, and Improving Any Business Process

    by Charles Holland, David Cochran

    Breakthrough Business Results with MVT describes and details the one revolutionary method that offers a powerful, fast and inexpensive way to prove with certainty that ideas will have the biggest impact on your bottom line. MVT, or Multivariable Testing, uses advanced statistics to test the real-world effects of dozens of business improvement ideas, discover the synergies between them, and identify those ideas that are the most powerful and profitable under real-world conditions.

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    A Revolutionary New Model for Competing in a Flat World

    by Charles Grantham, James Ware, Cory Williamson

    In order to compete in the flat world –– where the rules are constantly changing –– businesses must be willing to embrace a new strategic model. This model needs to allow for the understanding of the evolving work force, the inception of new technologies, and the re-examination of work place structure. Corporate Agility provides the blueprint for this revolutionary move forward.

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    Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present

    by Bob Johansen

    Very few leaders consult a crystal ball or a psychic when it comes to looking into the future with regards to their business; nonetheless, they are still responsible for understanding how the decisions they made yesterday will affect their organization five years from now. Johansen and the Institute for the Future provide their insights into the next decade, and show readers how they too can begin to navigate the road to the future.

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  • Image of The Art of Profitability
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    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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