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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 Game-Changer
    Image of Game-Changer

    Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations

    by David McAdams

    Game-Changer develops six basic ways to change games—commitment, regulation, cartelization, retaliation, trust, and relationships—enlivened by countless colorful characters and unforgettable examples from the worlds of business, medicine, finance, military history, crime, sports, and more.

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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 Tough Management
    Image of Tough Management

    The 7 Ways to Make Tough Decisions Easier, Deliver the Numbers, and Grow Business in Good Times and Bad

    by Chuck Martin

    Faced with shrinking budgets, smaller staffs, shorter deadlines, more demanding customers and an unrelenting call for innovation and growth, many executives need a fresh, bottom-line approach designed for what really works in today’s business environment. This new approach is what business strategist and CEO of NFI Research Chuck Martin offers in Tough Management. Based on more than two years of surveys of more than 2,000 senior executives and managers, this summary provides managers wi

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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 Embracing Excellence
    Image of Embracing Excellence

    Become an Employer of Choice to Attract and Keep the Best Talent

    by Franklin Ashby, Arthur Pell Ph.D.

    Companies need “A” players to outperform the competition. To attract and keep top-level performers in a highly competitive economy, companies must learn to create corporate cultures that attract and retain “A” players. Embracing Excellence explains how organizations can attract “A” players by building an environment that is committed to values, vision, creativity, trust and respect.

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  • Image of Jack: Straight from the Gut
    Image of Jack: Straight from the Gut

    by Jack Welch

    Follow the career of General Electric CEO Jack Welch from his beginnings as a stuttering, competitive kid from working-class Salem, Massachusetts, to his early days as a GE engineer, to his ascension to CEO and a 20-year reign at the top. In his own words, Welch stresses the importance of people, originality, creativity, and common sense while sharing his thoughts on what it takes to be a great leader.

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