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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 The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    Image of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

    A Leadership Fable

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, bestselling business author Patrick Lencioni once again offers a leadership powerful and instructive leadership fable. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that go to the very heart of why teams –– even the best ones –– often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team.

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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 Elevate
    Image of Elevate

    The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking

    by Rich Horwath

    Strategy expert Rich Horwath focuses on advanced strategic thinking that will drive results in the short-and long-term. His three-discipline approach breaks strategy down into its fundamentals: Coalesce, Compete and Champion. Horwath’s practical framework will help leaders keep their careers vital through innovation and inspiration.

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  • Image of The Wal-Mart Effect
    Image of The Wal-Mart Effect

    How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works –– and How It’s Transforming the American Economy

    by Charles Fishman

    The company Sam Walton built and incorporated in 1969 has become the world's number one retailer amplified by diversification into grocery (Wal-Mart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets), international operations and membership warehouse clubs (Sam's Clubs). Award-winning investigative and magazine journalist Charles Fishman examines this phenomenon. The Wal-Mart Effect, Fishman’s first book, made the bestseller lists of the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and

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  • Image of Beyond the Core
    Image of Beyond the Core

    Expand Your Market without Abandoning Your Roots

    by Chris Zook

    In his previous book, Profit from the Core, strategy expert Chris Zook revealed how the most enduring growth performers succeeded by focusing and building around one or two well-defined, dominant cores — and how otherwise well-positioned firms sabotaged their growth by prematurely abandoning their core in pursuit of the next “hot” topic. Now, based on extensive research on the growth patterns of thousands of companies worldwide — including CEO interviews with the top 25 growth performer

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  • Image of True To Our Roots
    Image of True To Our Roots

    Fermenting a Business Revolution

    by Paul Dolan

    In True to Our Roots, winemaker and company president Paul Dolan describes the guiding principles he uses at Fetzer that can help managers in any industry build and grow stronger, more sustainable companies. With an intense commitment to define new business principles for the future, Dolan and Fetzer have taken steps toward proliferating sustainable commerce while leading a management revolution in one of the most competitive industries in the world. True to Our Roots offers a

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  • Image of The Solutions Focus
    Image of The Solutions Focus

    Making Coaching and Change Simple

    by Mark McKergow, Paul Z. Jackson

    Businesses waste precious time and energies attempting to solve problems. Organizations that adopt the Solutions Focus, write Jackson and McKergow, can do a better job of moving the workforce toward the best possible future and away from the finger pointing and blame game of the problem approach. The key is to focus on solutions not problems, the future not the past, and what to do as opposed to who to blame. In other words, instead of fixing problems, find what works and do more of it. A method

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  • Image of The Customer-Centered Enterprise
    Image of The Customer-Centered Enterprise

    How IBM and Other World-Class Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results by Putting Customers First

    by Harvey Thompson

    If you are going to succeed in business today, you have no choice but to become customer-centered. This summary teaches you exactly what steps you need to take to become customer-centered, and explains what leaders in the field have done to change their focus and vision from an internally driven idea of what the customer wants to an outside-in vision of what the customer wants.

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  • Image of Blown to Bits
    Image of Blown to Bits

    How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy

    by Philip Evans, Thomas S. Wurster

    Authors Evans and Wurster maintain that the central tenets of traditional business strategy have been “blown up” by the Internet, eliminating both borders and barriers long taken for granted as part of doing business, as well has hastening the development of standards and common connectivity for many years to come. They focus on several key pieces of what they call the “new economics of information,” including richness and reach, deconstruction, and disintermediation.

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