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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 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 Discipline Without Punishment
    Image of Discipline Without Punishment

    The Proven Strategy that Turns Problem Employees into Superior Performers

    by Dick Grote

    Discipline Without Punishment has become a management classic, helping thousands of companies and managers move to a responsibility-based approach for handling unacceptable performance, problem behaviors, and excessive absenteeism.

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  • Image of The Coaching Connection
    Image of The Coaching Connection

    A Manager’s Guide to Developing Individual Potential in the Context of the Organization

    by John Hoover, Paul J. Gorrell

    Coaching has traditionally focused entirely on the individual...sometimes even at the expense of improving measurable business results for the company. Now, The Coaching Connection shows managers how they can use contextual coaching to simultaneously promote both individual and organizational growth.

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    Image of Consider

    Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization

    by Daniel Patrick Forrester

    “Stop, think, and don’t do something stupid!” This is the warning Dr. Robert Bea drills into his civil and environmental engineering students at the University of California in Berkeley. There is an intangible and invisible marketplace within our lives today where the products traded are fourfold: attention, distraction, data and meaning. The stories and examples within Consider by Daniel Patrick Forrester demonstrate that the best decisions, insights, ideas and outcomes result when...

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  • Image of 12: The Elements of Great Managing
    Image of 12: The Elements of Great Managing

    by Rodd Wagner, James K. Harter

    12: The Elements of Great Managing is the long-awaited sequel to the 1999 runaway bestseller First, Break All the Rules. Grounded in Gallup's 10 million employee and manager interviews spanning 114 countries, 12 follows great managers as they harness employee engagement to turn around a failing call center, save a struggling hotel, improve patient care in a hospital, maintain production through power outages, and successfully face a host of other challenges in settings around t

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  • Image of Making Innovation Work
    Image of Making Innovation Work

    How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It

    by Tony Davila, Marc J. Epstein, Robert Shelton

    To compete effectively, you must innovate: Not just once, but consistently, in all your products, services and business functions. But, profitable innovation doesn't just "happen." It must be managed, measured, executed on — and few companies do that well. This summary offers the first real solution: a start-to-finish process for driving growth from innovation. You'll learn how to define effective strategies and organizational structures for innovation, manage innovation more suc

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  • Image of The Granularity of Growth
    Image of The Granularity of Growth

    How to Identify the Sources of Growth and Drive Enduring Company Performance

    by Patrick Viguerie, Sven Smit, Mehrdad Baghai

    While growth is a top priority for companies of all sizes, it can be extremely difficult to maintain — especially in today's competitive business environment. In order to achieve this goal, you need to think through the growth challenges your organization faces and follow a detailed approach to uncover, understand and capture potential growth opportunities.

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  • Image of Outsmart!
    Image of Outsmart!

    How to Do What Your Competitors Can't

    by Jim Champy

    Jim Champy, dubbed one of the leading management and business thinkers of our time, identifies the counterintuitive lessons learned by companies that have been able to sustain super-high growth for at least three years straight. Champy shares an inside look at the success factors associated with many of the companies that continue to outsmart their competition even in a tough marketplace.

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  • Image of The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome
    Image of The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome

    How Good Managers Cause Great People to Fail

    by Jean-Francois Manzoni, Jean-Louis Barsoux

    Manzoni, Associate Professor of Management at the world-renowned INSEAD business school in France, and Barsoux, a Senior Research Fellow at INSEAD, reveal the all-too-common phenomenon of employees, including those with great potential, who fail because of their superiors’ attitudes and behaviors. The start of the problem: managers who are too quick to label some employees as “under-performers” — and who then view any actions by these employees in a negative light.

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