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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 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 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 Extreme Toyota
    Image of Extreme Toyota

    Radical Contradictions That Drive Success at the World's Best Manufacturer

    by Norihiko Shimizu, Emi Osono, Hirotaka Takeuchi

    Three business strategy experts identify six contradictory forces that have kept Toyota on the path of realizing continuous innovation and constant renewal. As the authors show, Toyota thrives on paradoxes as it harnesses opposing propositions to energize itself. We learn that companies that create their own contradictions can achieve higher levels of performance.

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    Image of What Really Works

    The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success

    by Bruce Roberson, William Joyce, Nitin Nohria

    What really works? Today’s managers realize all too painfully that many, many things matter in achieving business success, but few of them can tell you much more than what worked for them. The authors of What Really Works conducted a 10-year study that turned 50 academics and business consultants loose on dozens of companies, looking for the answer to that elusive mystery — What really works? From that study emerged the 4+2 Theory, which provides the correct combination of primary and s

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    Managing Your Company's Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage

    by Dave Kieffer, Richard R. Guzzo, Haig R. Nalbantian, Jay Doherty

    According to Haig R. Nalbantian, Richard A Guzzo, Dave Kieffer and Jay Doherty, principals of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a new, fact-based science of human capital management has emerged that is based on systems thinking, determining the correct facts about an organization, and focusing on value. With this new way of managing human capital, executives can use their human capital to its full advantage by aligning the human capital strategy with the business strategy and finally allowing st

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  • Image of The Future of Competition
    Image of The Future of Competition

    Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers

    by CK Prahalad, Venkat Ramaswamy

    In a world of infinite choice, instant gratification, and unbounded opportunities for innovation, why, ask University of Michigan Business School professors C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy, are companies still unable to satisfy customers or sustain growth and profitability? The answer lies in the evolving role of the customer in the value creation process. No longer do customers receive value through the purchase of products and services alone. Instead, the authors explain, individual custome

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    Image of Value Migration

    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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