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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 No More Pointless Meetings

    Breakthrough Sessions That Will Revolutionize the Way You Work

    by Martin Murphy

    Wasting time in pointless meetings is the one thing that never seems to change. Martin Murphy, however, has helped a "Who's Who" of corporate clients transform time-sapping meetings into breakthrough sessions that are measurably productive. His strategy is not simply to make meetings more palatable; instead, he  reframes the entire concept of collaboration and introduces four "Work Sessions" that replace meetings to get more done, faster than ever before.

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    Image of Made to Stick

    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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    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 Building a Values-Driven Organization
    Image of Building a Values-Driven Organization

    A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation

    by Richard Barrett

    The responsibility of leaders is to enhance, harness and direct the capacity and energy of their people toward virtuous and valuable ends. To achieve long-term success, the organization needs to have a solid foundation built on principles and values that act as a center of gravity. In business, you get what you target, design, measure, provide incentives for and are passionate about. This applies equally to principles and values, which need to be nurtured and directed through an effective whole-

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  • Image of Collaboration
    Image of Collaboration

    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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  • 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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  • Image of The Upside of the Downturn
    Image of The Upside of the Downturn

    Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath

    by Geoff Colvin

    Geoff Colvin, one of America's most respected business journalists, says even the scariest recession has an upside. The best managers know conventional thinking won't help them win in these tough times. They're taking smart, practical steps that will not only keep them strong, but will also distance them from the pack for years to come. In his latest work, Colvin, author of the bestselling Talent is Overrated, offers ten solidly grounded strategies that will increase your company's...

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    Managing the Employee-Customer Encounter

    by Jim Asplund, John H. Fleming, Ph.D.

    Human Sigma offers an innovative, research-based approach to one of the toughest challenges businesses face today: how to drive success by effectively managing the moments when employees interact with customers. The authors offer essential ideas for business leaders at all levels and show how sales and service companies can flourish in today's new global economy. Blending strategic analysis with hands-on, practical steps and advice, this book summary will change how you view your work,

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