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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 Breaking the Fear Barrier

    How Fear Destroys Companies from the Inside Out, and What to Do About It

    by Tom Rieger

    In companies, fear can take many forms: fear of not meeting a deadline, of not getting a bonus, of losing decision rights and respect. Fear compels employees and managers to protect themselves by creating seemingly impenetrable barriers fortified by rules and practices that benefit one group while harming others. By learning from the real-world lessons in this book, leaders, managers, and employees can overcome the barriers that plague their company. The results promise to be transformational.

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    How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People

    by Bradford D. Smart, Ph.D.

    Great companies don't just depend on strategies — they depend on people. The more great people on your team, the more successful your organization will be. But that's easier said than done. Statistically, half of all employment decisions result in a miss-hire: The wrong person winds up in the wrong job. But companies that have followed Bradford Smart's advice in Topgrading have boosted their successful hiring rate to 90 percent or better, giving them an unbeatable competitive...

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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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    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 Value Migration
    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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