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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 Taking People with You
    Image of Taking People with You

    The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

    by David Novak

    There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 500 CEO, a new entrepreneur, or anyone in between? David Novak's new book Taking People with You will. Novak knows that managers and leaders can make things happen by one skill: getting people on their side. He offers a step-by-step guide to setting big goals, getting people to work together, blowing past your targets, and celebrating after you shock the skeptics. And then doing...

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  • Image of Proactive Risk Management
    Image of Proactive Risk Management

    Controlling Uncertainty in Product Development

    by Guy M. Merritt, Preston G. Smith

    Proactive Risk Management offers product development teams a plan with which they can enhance their management of project risks by identifying risks early and managing them to diminish disruption throughout the project. Using a practical, easy-to-use, fact-based approach, it will help developers manage all the risks associated with a project. Although this process is tailored to commercial product development, it is applicable to many other types of projects with some adaptation.

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  • Image of Why Decisions Fail
    Image of Why Decisions Fail

    Avoiding the Blunders and Traps That Lead to Debacles

    by Paul C. Nutt

    For more than 20 years, Ohio State University Professor Paul C. Nutt has studied how decisions are made and has written extensively about what works, what doesn’t and why. His key finding in all this work is startling: Decisions fail half of the time. Organizations spend vast sums of money and commit significant amounts of resources without realizing any benefits. Nutt writes that failures can be traced to three blunders and seven traps that ensnare decision makers; avoiding these blunders and t

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  • Image of The Heart of Change
    Image of The Heart of Change

    Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

    by John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen

    While most companies believe change happens by making people think differently, that isn’t the case. Instead, according to John Kotter and Dan Cohen, change happens when you make people feel differently. You have to appeal more to the heart than the mind. The authors offer a new dynamic — the “see-feel-change” dynamic that fuels action by showing people potent reasons for change that spark their emotions. Built around the eight steps of change first introduced in Kotter’s bestseller...

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  • Image of The Cluetrain Manifesto
    Image of The Cluetrain Manifesto

    The End of Business As Usual

    by Rick Levine, David Weinberger, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls

    What if the Web marketplace is not really based on click-throughs, cookies and credit cards, but on conversations between human beings, all linked through a network that was created by many and controlled by no one? That is the central question of The Cluetrain Manifesto, a revolutionary way of looking at working that makes hash of corporate assumptions about the nature of online business.

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    Image of The Channel Advantage

    Going to Market with Multiple Sales Channels

    by Timothy R. Furey, Lawrence G. Friedman

    Today, many leading companies are putting at least as much effort and creativity into how they go to market as into what they bring to market. Companies have a wide variety of options for connecting products with customers, and each channel has its strengths as well as weaknesses. Friedman and Furey describe how to build a high-performance, competitive multi-channel system that will set your company apart from its competitors.

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  • Image of Partnering Intelligence
    Image of Partnering Intelligence

    Creating Value for Your Business by Building Strong Alliances

    by Stephen M. Dent

    Author Dent shows how to create value for your business by regaining the lost skill of partnering. The key is to develop your ‘partnering intelligence.'

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  • Image of The Innovation Premium
    Image of The Innovation Premium

    How Next Generation Companies Are Achieving Peak Performance and Profitability

    by Tom Sommerlatte, Ronald S. Jonash

    Investors reward and pay a premium for innovation. The authors present a framework for capturing this ‘innovation premium’ based on five areas: strategy, process, innovation resources, organizational structures, and innovative learning cultures.

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