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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 Make Their Day!

    Employee Recognition That Works

    by Cindy Ventrice

    Make Their Day! zeroes in on what you — the manager, supervisor or team leader — can do to truly make your employees feel valued. It lays out proven recognition tactics that will provide a genuine, lasting boost for your business. Author Cindy Ventrice also demonstrates that integrating the intangible rewards people crave — praise, thanks, opportunity and respect — into the daily routine is far more effective than typical recognition awards, events, perks and pri

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    Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

    by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

    Every day, we make decisions. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge invites us to explore how we make those decisions and how we can be led to make better ones. Drawing on decades of cutting-edge behavioral science research, Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein offer an insightful new perspective on how to improve the decisions we make in everything we do. They demonstrate how thoughtful, choice architecture can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions. Nudge

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    A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation

    by Richard Barrett

    The responsibility of leaders is to enhance, harness and direct the capacity and energy of their people toward virtuous and valuable ends. To achieve long-term success, the organization needs to have a solid foundation built on principles and values that act as a center of gravity. In business, you get what you target, design, measure, provide incentives for and are passionate about. This applies equally to principles and values, which need to be nurtured and directed through an effective whole-

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    Managing the Employee-Customer Encounter

    by Jim Asplund, John H. Fleming, Ph.D.

    Human Sigma offers an innovative, research-based approach to one of the toughest challenges businesses face today: how to drive success by effectively managing the moments when employees interact with customers. The authors offer essential ideas for business leaders at all levels and show how sales and service companies can flourish in today's new global economy. Blending strategic analysis with hands-on, practical steps and advice, this book summary will change how you view your work,

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    Successful Strategies for Capturing the Internet Advantage

    by J Russell Gates, Douglas Armstrong, Jonathan Rosenoer

    The authors identify and explain eight "value propositions" that companies can offer their customers through the web: information, choice, convenience, customization, savings, community, entertainment and trust. In-depth case studies show how companies are offering these value propositions.

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    Image of The Dance of Change

    The Challenges of Sustaining Momentum in a Learning Organization

    by Charlotte Roberts, Peter Senge, Bryan Smith, Richard Ross, George Roth, Art Kleiner

    In a follow-up to their seminal book, The Fifth Discipline, Senge and his team show companies how to overcome the ten challenges that undermine a company's attempt to change and become a learning organization. One example: the challenge of diffusion, or a company's inability to diffuse knowledge throughout the organization.

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    Image of Mean Business

    by Albert Dunlap

    Dunlap, head of Sunbeam Corporation, shows how he transformed Scott Paper from a money-losing, lackluster organization into a vibrant market leader. Tips abound – on strategy, cost cutting, out-sourcing, and getting ahead on the job. A great “here’s how I did it” summary.

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