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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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    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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    How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It

    by Tony Davila, Marc J. Epstein, Robert Shelton

    To compete effectively, you must innovate: Not just once, but consistently, in all your products, services and business functions. But, profitable innovation doesn't just "happen." It must be managed, measured, executed on — and few companies do that well. This summary offers the first real solution: a start-to-finish process for driving growth from innovation. You'll learn how to define effective strategies and organizational structures for innovation, manage innovation more suc

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    How to Do What Your Competitors Can't

    by Jim Champy

    Jim Champy, dubbed one of the leading management and business thinkers of our time, identifies the counterintuitive lessons learned by companies that have been able to sustain super-high growth for at least three years straight. Champy shares an inside look at the success factors associated with many of the companies that continue to outsmart their competition even in a tough marketplace.

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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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    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

    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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    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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    Image of The Loyalty Effect

    The Hidden Force Behind Growth, Profits, and Lasting Value

    by Fred Reichheld

    The loyalty of customers, employees, and in­vestors can combine to create companies with miraculous levels of cash flow. Lessons from A. G. Edwards, State Farm Insurance, and others show how to inspire loyalty.

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