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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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    Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

    by Dan Heath, Chip Heath

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Any executive who has ever stood at a podium and stared out at an audience has a single goal: get this group to remember his or her idea. Chip and Dan Heath offer an interesting array of examples that help explain why some stories stay with us for a lifetime while others disappear within moments. Filled with insights from authors, scholars and business professionals, this Featured Book Review will help executives make sure that their points are driven home.

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    How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results

    by Morten T. Hansen

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Years after the problem was first codified in books such as Silos, Politics and Turf Wars, companies still struggle to solve the riddle of departmental collaboration. Companies are faced with drains of money, time and resources as infighting is often the only thing accomplished. Hansen's book provides a disciplined practice that resulted from 15 years of detailed research. The strength of his philosophy is something about which even the most divide

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  • Image of The Science of High-Performance Supplier Management
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    A Systematic Approach to Improving Procurement Costs, Quality, and Relationships

    by Randy A. Moore

    Moore presents an in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to procurement that will prove invaluable to purchasing managers as well as company executives. Based on practices developed in the procurement of high technology systems, Moore’s framework, called STeP (Systematic Technology for Procurement), is a repeatable, scientific process for purchasing.

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    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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    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
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    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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    How Companies Must Change Today to Win the Battle for Internet Consumers

    by Mary Modahl

    Modahl, vice-president of research at Forrester Research Inc., introduces a new model of consumer behavior, called Technographics, to help companies understand how consumers think about and use the Internet. The Technographics information helps guide companies as they plot successful Internet strategies.

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  • Image of Trusted Partners
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    How Companies Build Mutual Trust and Win Together

    by Jordan D. Lewis Ph.D.

    Internationally recognized strategic alliances expert Lewis, author of The Connected Corporation, shows how to build, manage, measure, improve and repair trust, the key ingredient to successful partnerships.

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    Image of Stop Managing, Start Coaching

    How Performance Coaching Can Enhance Commitment and Improve Productivity

    by Jerry Gilley, Nathaniel Boughton

    This summary will teach you how to coach. You'll learn how to train employees for specific jobs, mentor them, and confront those not performing well. You'll gain motivated, productive employees.

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