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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 Breaking the Fear Barrier
    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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  • Image of Topgrading
    Image of Topgrading

    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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  • 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 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 How Organizations Work
    Image of How Organizations Work

    Taking a Holistic Approach to Enterprise Health

    by Alan P. Brache

    Organizations are like humans. Each organ, muscle, bone, and nerve plays a unique part within the whole. A strong contribution from one component can’t make up for deficiencies in others, and understanding each component doesn’t explain the health of the whole person. Body functions are integrated and their interactions are as important as their individual roles. So are the different functions in an organization. This summary shows you how to take a holistic approach to organizational wellness b

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  • Image of First Among Equals
    Image of First Among Equals

    How to Manage a Group of Professionals

    by David H. Maister, Patrick J. McKenna

    Managing people is difficult, particularly when you are tasked with leading a group of confident, intelligent professionals — often used to working with a certain amount of autonomy — to accomplish some task or essential goal. Group leaders must be skilled not only in management basics (delegation, decision-making, running meetings, and so forth), but also in the “softer” skills of inspirational leadership practices. Crammed with concrete advice and practical applications and examples, ...

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  • Image of Team Troubleshooter
    Image of Team Troubleshooter

    How to Find and Fix Team Problems

    by Robert W. Barner

    Teamwork is increasingly in demand by organizations when doing business and managing customer relationships. Learn about the common pitfalls and roadblocks for teams, such as conflicts between team members and the team leader, poor relationships between corporate teams and customers, and the inability of a team to anticipate problems. Robert Barner offers the symptoms and then provides the treatments to help any team overcome challenges by improving internal relationships, strengthening team foc

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  • Image of The Change Monster
    Image of The Change Monster

    The Human Forces That Fuel or Foil Corporate Transformation and Change

    by Jeanie Daniel Duck

    Despite careful management of the operational aspects of corporate change, many managers and executives ignore the human element how changing a job description or corporate environment makes people feel. Respected consultant Jeanie Daniel Duck introduces a five-stage framework that helps managers and executives understand how to manage the human element of the change process.

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