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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 Encouraging the Heart

    A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others

    by James Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner

    Encouraging the Heart is about the principles and practices that support the basic human need to be appreciated for who we are and what we do. It is not about glad-handing, back-slapping, gold stars and pay-offs. It's about the importance of linking rewards and appreciation to standards of excellence. Encouraging the Heart has its origins in Jim Kouzes's and Barry Posner's research on the practices of individuals functioning at their personal best as leaders. They have consiste

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  • Image of Single Point of Failure
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    The 10 Essential Laws of Supply Chain Risk Management

    by Gary S. Lynch

    In Single Point of Failure, internationally recognized industry veteran Gary Lynch reveals the 10 vital laws you can use to successfully identify, measure, mitigate and finance risk. Lynch offers guidance for establishing your organization's supply risk management program, avoiding bad decisions and gathering better information and data to make good decisions. You need to learn the root causes of problems and decide whether you have the proper systems in place to mitigate risk. Addressi

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  • Image of Make Their Day!
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    Employee Recognition That Works

    by Cindy Ventrice

    Make Their Day! zeroes in on what you — the manager, supervisor or team leader — can do to truly make your employees feel valued. It lays out proven recognition tactics that will provide a genuine, lasting boost for your business. Author Cindy Ventrice also demonstrates that integrating the intangible rewards people crave — praise, thanks, opportunity and respect — into the daily routine is far more effective than typical recognition awards, events, perks and pri

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  • Image of Nudge
    Image of Nudge

    Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

    by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

    Every day, we make decisions. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge invites us to explore how we make those decisions and how we can be led to make better ones. Drawing on decades of cutting-edge behavioral science research, Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein offer an insightful new perspective on how to improve the decisions we make in everything we do. They demonstrate how thoughtful, choice architecture can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions. Nudge

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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 Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times
    Image of Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times

    How to Win in Any Environment

    by Stephen R. Covey, Bob Whitman

    If there is one thing that is certain in business, it’s uncertainty. Still, there are great organizations that perform consistently and with excellence, regardless of the conditions. This practical book is about getting predictable results in good times and bad by applying four key principles: excellent execution; high trust levels with all stakeholders; achieving more with less; and transforming fear into engagement.

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  • Image of Managing
    Image of Managing

    by Henry Mintzberg

    A half century ago Peter Drucker put management on the map. Leadership has since put it off. In his latest book, Henry Mintzberg aims to restore management to its proper place: front and center. “We should be seeing managers as leaders,” he writes, “and leadership as management practiced well.” This book is classic Mintzberg: iconoclastic, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-breaking. Managing may be the most revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they...

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  • Image of Raving Fans
    Image of Raving Fans

    A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service

    by Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Blanchard and Bowles present a business fable with a simple premise: your customers are your best marketing method. Executives will learn why outstanding customer service, particularly in the era of social technology, can lead to customers who will do anything to sing a company's praises... and bring as many friends to the party as possible.

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  • Image of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management
    Image of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management

    Learn How to Apply Best Practices

    by Michael Bender

    There are plenty of books about project management, but this is the first one written for the people who have the most at stake: the senior executives who will ultimately be held accountable for the successes of the projects they approve and supervise. Top enterprise project management expert Michael Bender explains project management from the perspective that matters most to executives: adding value. Most books view project management from the inside, focusing primarily on lower-level issues.

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