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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 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 Corporate Governance Matters and How to Measure and Improve Board Performance

    by Bob Garratt

    Given the high-level scandals of recent years, companies are concerned that corporate boards not only make decisions that improve a company’s profitability, but that they conduct their activities in an organized, efficient and ethical manner. In Thin on Top, Bob Garratt, chairman of the board of a consultancy that specializes in director development and strategic thinking, discusses the current condition of corporate boards, dispels troublesome myths, and gives step-by-step recommendations on ho

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    Aligning Customer Relationships, Market Strategies and Business Structures

    by Barbara A. Gutek, Theresa Welsh

    Many companies who claim to have “relationships” with their customers mistake collecting data about customers with actually knowing them. The authors explain how to differentiate between true relationship businesses and what they call “encounter” businesses. They then show how many of the best companies reject “pseudo-relationships” in favor of enhanced encounters.

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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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