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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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    Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations

    by David McAdams

    Game-Changer develops six basic ways to change games—commitment, regulation, cartelization, retaliation, trust, and relationships—enlivened by countless colorful characters and unforgettable examples from the worlds of business, medicine, finance, military history, crime, sports, and more.

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    Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

    by Dan Heath, Chip Heath

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Any executive who has ever stood at a podium and stared out at an audience has a single goal: get this group to remember his or her idea. Chip and Dan Heath offer an interesting array of examples that help explain why some stories stay with us for a lifetime while others disappear within moments. Filled with insights from authors, scholars and business professionals, this Featured Book Review will help executives make sure that their points are driven home.

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    Developing Top Talent in Business

    by Joseph R. Weintraub, James M. Hunt

    When managers communicate a genuine interest in helping rather than evaluating their employees, they create opportunities for everyone to learn. Managers who try to help employees learn and become more productive in the process. In The Coaching Manager, James Hunt and Joseph Weintraub introduce an easy-to-implement developmental coaching model based on their extensive work with thousands of managers, executives and MBA students. The goal is for managers to help employees learn to be mor

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    How to Unleash the Power of Crowds in Your Business

    by Jon Spector, Barry Libert

    Many companies have benefited hugely from harnessing collective power. If you are willing to take on the challenge, you have a good chance of being handsomely rewarded. Communities can help companies invent new products and services, improve customer service, boost sales, turbo-charge manufacturing, tap into new sources of financing and make everyone a leader. This summary will show you how.

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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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    How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results

    by Morten T. Hansen

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Years after the problem was first codified in books such as Silos, Politics and Turf Wars, companies still struggle to solve the riddle of departmental collaboration. Companies are faced with drains of money, time and resources as infighting is often the only thing accomplished. Hansen's book provides a disciplined practice that resulted from 15 years of detailed research. The strength of his philosophy is something about which even the most divide

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    Doing What Matters to Get Things Right

    by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan

    Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan use a business model they developed to show how to tie together the financial targets you must meet, the external realities of your business and internal activities including strategy, operating activities, selection and development of people and organizational structure. Using this business model as a tool for confronting reality, you’ll learn whether your fundamental business premise is under assault, where your best opportunities lie, what you should change...

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  • Image of How Did That Happen?
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    Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way

    by Roger Connors, Tom Smith

    The economy crashes, the government misfires, businesses fail, leaders don't lead, managers don't manage, and the people we count on for the results that affect our own performance don't follow through, leaving us asking, "How did that happen?" Surprises caused by a lack of personal accountability plague almost every organization today, from the political arena to every large and small business. How Did That Happen? offers a proven way to eliminate these nasty surprises, gain an...

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    Why Too Many Products, Markets, and Customers are Crippling Your Company - And What To Do About It

    by John Mariotti

    Executives today face a crisis — a crisis of complexity. As you seek to expand profits, a number of new products, procedures and systems are created that, unexpectedly, stifle your bottom line. To this problem, Mariotti has the solution: simplify. In this far-reaching study, he shows corporate America that “keep it simple” is the way out of the Complexity Crisis.

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