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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 Army of Entrepreneurs

    Create an Engaged and Empowered Workforce for Exceptional Business Growth

    by Jennifer Prosek

    As a young entrepreneur who turned a small PR business into a highly successful, international communications firm, Jennifer Prosek has experienced firsthand the power of instilling an "owner's mind-set" in every employee. In Army of Entrepreneurs, Prosek presents an easy-to-follow action plan any company can use to build a workforce dedicated to generating new business, creating new products and services, and sustaining growth. Filled with inspiring examples, the book...

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  • Image of Breaking the Fear Barrier
    Image of Breaking the Fear Barrier

    How Fear Destroys Companies from the Inside Out, and What to Do About It

    by Tom Rieger

    In companies, fear can take many forms: fear of not meeting a deadline, of not getting a bonus, of losing decision rights and respect. Fear compels employees and managers to protect themselves by creating seemingly impenetrable barriers fortified by rules and practices that benefit one group while harming others. By learning from the real-world lessons in this book, leaders, managers, and employees can overcome the barriers that plague their company. The results promise to be transformational.

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  • Image of Topgrading
    Image of Topgrading

    How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People

    by Bradford D. Smart, Ph.D.

    Great companies don't just depend on strategies — they depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But that's easier said than done. Statistically, half of all employment decisions result in a miss-hire: The wrong person winds up in the wrong job. But companies that have followed Bradford Smart's advice in Topgrading have boosted their successful hiring rate to 90 percent or better, giving them an unbeatable competitive...

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  • Image of Breakthrough Business Results with MVT
    Image of Breakthrough Business Results with MVT

    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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  • Image of Corporate Agility
    Image of Corporate Agility

    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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  • Image of Get There Early
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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
    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 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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