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  • Image of Business Chemistry
    Image of Business Chemistry

    Practical Magic for Crafting Powerful Work Relationships

    by Kim Christfort, Suzanne Vickberg

    Business Chemistry will help you grasp where others are coming from, appreciate the value they bring, and determine what they need in order to excel.

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  • Image of Design to Grow
    Image of Design to Grow

    How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale & Agility (and How You Can Too)

    by Linda Tischler, David Butler

    David Butler and Linda Tischler share the successes and failures of Coca-Cola as this large, global company learned to use design to create both scale and agility. Regardless of size or industry, the same approach, which is presented in a clear and actionable way, can be used successfully by other businesses.

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  • Image of Hardball
    Image of Hardball

    Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win?

    by George Stalk, Rob Lachenauer

    Master strategists George Stalk and Rob Lachenauer predict that business competition will become so fierce over the next 10 years that marginal victories and short-term advantages will not be enough to keep a company thriving. In Hardball, they explain that winning will require relentless strategic execution focused on turning competitive advantages into decisive advantages that neutralize, marginalize and even punish rivals. Stalk and Lachenauer turn the experience they have developed

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  • Image of Ideas Are Free
    Image of Ideas Are Free

    How the Idea Revolution Is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations

    by Alan Robinson, Dean Schroeder

    Simple ideas can save time, effort and money. They can also lead to entirely new ways of doing business. Alan G. Robinson, an award-winning author, educator and consultant, and Dean M. Schroeder, the founder of two companies and a business professor, have written Ideas Are Free to show managers how to access the many ideas of their employees and turn them into competitive advantage. Through extensive research and work with more than 300 companies in dozens of industries, the authors exp

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  • Image of Who Really Matters
    Image of Who Really Matters

    The Core Group Theory of Power, Priviledge, and Success

    by Art Kleiner

    While Enron, Tyco and others have given the concept of the Core Group a bad name, bestselling author Art Kleiner explains in Who Really Matters that companies need Core Groups to supply the energy and direction they require to be successful. By observing the Core Group’s members’ day-to-day activities, communications and management decisions, Kleiner argues that the astute employee can recognize decisions before they are made, and can be ready to react to change. Eventually, if that per

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  • Image of The Underdog Advantage
    Image of The Underdog Advantage

    Using the Power of Insurgent Strategy to Put Your Business on Top

    by David Morey, Scott Miller

    The Underdog Advantage is about a set of principles that have been proven to win and to build a winning attitude, character and culture in the most difficult circumstances. These are principles that can drive your business, marketing and communication strategies and transform your company. And they can transform your career. Established and refined over centuries of military and political experience, these principles have worked on the battlefield and at the ballot box, and strategy con

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  • Image of What Really Works
    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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  • Image of Play to Your Strengths
    Image of Play to Your Strengths

    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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