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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 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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    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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    How the Best Companies Survive the 9 Traps of Winning

    by Robert J. Herbold

    Don't let success put your company on the road to ruin. People and entire companies can easily fall into the trappings of success. Robert Herbold wrote Seduced by Success in an effort to help individuals and organizations become successful and stay successful. This summary will show you how to look past your current success or stability and constantly probe for new and better ideas and ways to do things.

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    How Old-Fashioned Values Drive a Twenty-First-Century Corporation: Lessons from Lincoln Electric’s Unique Guaranteed Employment Program

    by Frank Koller

    While factories across the Midwest shutter their doors, Cleveland-based manufacturer Lincoln Electric has thrived for more than a century. In addition to being profitable and technologically innovative, through good times and bad, the company has fulfilled its unique promise of "guaranteed continuous employment." Workers are viewed as assets — not liabilities. Through flexible hours and job assignments, as well as a merit-based bonus system, Lincoln Electric's employment...

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    A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service

    by Ken Blanchard, Sheldon Bowles

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Blanchard and Bowles present a business fable with a simple premise: your customers are your best marketing method. Executives will learn why outstanding customer service, particularly in the era of social technology, can lead to customers who will do anything to sing a company's praises... and bring as many friends to the party as possible.

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  • Image of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management
    Image of A Manager’s Guide to Project Management

    Learn How to Apply Best Practices

    by Michael Bender

    There are plenty of books about project management, but this is the first one written for the people who have the most at stake: the senior executives who will ultimately be held accountable for the successes of the projects they approve and supervise. Top enterprise project management expert Michael Bender explains project management from the perspective that matters most to executives: adding value. Most books view project management from the inside, focusing primarily on lower-level issues.

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    Ten Management Strategies to Prevail in the Recession and Thrive in the Aftermath

    by Geoff Colvin

    Geoff Colvin, one of America's most respected business journalists, says even the scariest recession has an upside. The best managers know conventional thinking won't help them win in these tough times. They're taking smart, practical steps that will not only keep them strong, but will also distance them from the pack for years to come. In his latest work, Colvin, author of the bestselling Talent is Overrated, offers ten solidly grounded strategies that will increase your company's...

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    The UPS Approach to Business

    by Mike Brewster, Frederick Dalzell

    We see them everywhere –– those brown trucks delivering their share of 14 million parcels handled daily. To most people, UPS is a reliable fact of life. But to well-informed businesspeople, Big Brown is a company to emulate.

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    The Inside Story of the Greatest International Competition in Business

    by John Newhouse

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Twenty-five years ago John Newhouse's book The Sporty Game examined the high-stakes business environment that exists in the manufacturing and selling of large commercial aircraft, commonly referred to as LCAs. A quarter of a century later, that book is considered a classic about the airplane business. Now, in Boeing Versus Airbus, Newhouse focuses his sights on the intense competition between the world's two largest manufacturers of passenger airplanes.

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