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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Image of The Power of Impossible Thinking
    Image of The Power of Impossible Thinking

    Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business

    by Yoram (Jerry) Wind, Colin Crook

    The ability to see the world differently can create significant opportunities, as companies such as Southwest Airlines, FedEx, Charles Schwab and others have demonstrated. But even successful models can ultimately become a prison if they limit your ability to make sense of a changing world, in the way that major airlines failed to fully recognize the threat of upstarts such as Ryanair or that music companies failed to see the opportunities and threats of music file sharing.

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    Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

    by Nicholas Carr

    In a May 2003 article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “IT Doesn’t Matter,” Nicholas G. Carr introduced the idea that information technology (IT) does not provide a competitive advantage to companies in a strategic manner. In Does IT Matter?, Carr argues that IT has become a commodity, and because the very nature of strategy requires differentiation, IT cannot possibly qualify. IT can be used to supplement and improve strategy implementation, but it is not the foundation of a com

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  • Image of Leading Change
    Image of Leading Change

    by James O'Toole

    James O'Toole shows that leadership based on integrity, honesty, and respect is the only way to gain the commitment and loyalty of your people and effect change. This is must reading for change agents.

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    How to Think Several Moves Above the Competition

    by Adrian J. Slywotzky

    Value in products or services migrates from company to company and industry to industry over time. (Example: the movement in value from big steel mills to mini-mills.) This summary shows you can anticipate shifting markets to remain successful.

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