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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.

  • Image of Negotiating the Impossible
    Image of Negotiating the Impossible

    How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (Without Money or Muscle)

    by Deepak Malhotra

    In Negotiating the Impossible, Harvard professor and negotiation adviser Deepak Malhotra shows how to defuse even the most potentially explosive situations and to find success when things seem impossible.

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    Image of The Ideal Team Player

    How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In The Ideal Team Player, Lencioni tells the story of Jeff Shanley, a leader desperate to save his uncle’s company by restoring its cultural commitment to teamwork.

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  • Image of Project Management for Non-Project Managers
    Image of Project Management for Non-Project Managers

    by Jack Ferraro

    Functional managers with even basic project management (PM) knowledge are the best people for keeping projects business-focused. This new book demystifies the jargon and processes, encouraging managers to jump into the PM arena and arming them with strategies for increasing the business value created by their company's projects.

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  • Image of The Optimistic Workplace
    Image of The Optimistic Workplace

    Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone

    by Shawn Murphy

    CEO of Switch & Shift Shawn Murphy argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. In The Optimistic Workplace, using simple strategies, he demonstrates how a people-centric focus ignites employee potential, increases innovation and catapults an organization to higher performance.

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  • Image of Make Their Day!
    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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  • Image of Nudge
    Image of Nudge

    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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  • Image of Divide or Conquer
    Image of Divide or Conquer

    How Great Teams Turn Conflict Into Strength

    by Diana McLain Smith

    In Divide or Conquer, Diana McLain Smith distills almost thirty years of experience studying and advising leaders to offer a new way to think about teams –– not as a bunch of individuals, but as the sum of their relationships.

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  • Image of Innovation by Design
    Image of Innovation by Design

    What It Takes to Keep Your Company on the Cutting Edge

    by Gerard H. Gaynor

    While many equate innovation with a creative drive found in the best and brightest employees, true innovation is much more than that — it is an organization-wide commitment to openness and communication. It requires a culture that values original thought and that supports new and valuable ideas with principles, policies and appropriate infrastructure, across the entire company. In Innovation by Design, Gerard Gaynor provides sound, practical advice and real-world examples (culled from 4

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  • Image of Capitalizing on Conflict
    Image of Capitalizing on Conflict

    Strategies and Practices for Turning Conflict to Synergy in Organizations

    by James W. Gibson, Kirk Blackard

    Do you want to optimize performance? If you do, you must first find a way to create an environment that minimizes workplace conflict and integrates resolution strategies into management systems. Only by preventing or minimizing, bringing to the surface, and resolving conflict can you unleash the full power of the organization. Capitalizing on Conflict shows readers how a company can create a comprehensive, organization-wide effort to resolve specific conflict events with proven strategi

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