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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 How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things
    Image of How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

    Breaking the Eight Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses

    by Patricia O'Connell, Neil Smith

    Every day, seemingly intelligent and successful leaders and their companies make headline news because of poor decisions that can cause their businesses to stumble, making many of us scratch our heads in wonder: Why would such a successful business make that strategic decision? How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things highlights the ways in which the eight hidden barriers can interrupt your business, and author Neil Smith outlines a fast, and proven, process in which 12 principles...

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    Image of The Reinventors

    How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change

    by Jason Jennings

    For most businesses, success is fleeting. There are only two real choices: stick with the status quo until things inevitably decline, or continuously change to stay vital. But how? Bestselling leadership and management guru Jason Jennings and his researchers screened 22,000 companies around the world that had been cited as great examples of reinvention. They selected the best, verified their success, interviewed their leaders, and learned how they pursue never-ending radical change. The fresh...

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    Image of Power Listening

    Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All

    by Bernard T. Ferrari

    Nothing causes bad decisions in organizations as often as poor listening. But Bernard Ferrari, adviser to some of the nation's most influential executives, believes that such missteps can be avoided and that the skills and habits of good listening can be developed and mastered. He offers a step-by-step process that will help readers become active listeners, able to shape and focus any conversation.

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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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  • 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 The Science of High-Performance Supplier Management
    Image of The Science of High-Performance Supplier Management

    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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  • Image of Now or Never
    Image of Now or Never

    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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  • Image of The Soul of the Firm
    Image of The Soul of the Firm

    by C William Pollard

    Pollard, head of the ServiceMaster Company, offers a glimpse at how ServiceMaster has grown into a $3 billion firm. The secret: treating employees at all levels with the respect they deserve. The best book yet on the "socially responsible" company.

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