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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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    Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization

    by Daniel Patrick Forrester

    “Stop, think, and don’t do something stupid!” This is the warning Dr. Robert Bea drills into his civil and environmental engineering students at the University of California in Berkeley. There is an intangible and invisible marketplace within our lives today where the products traded are fourfold: attention, distraction, data and meaning. The stories and examples within Consider by Daniel Patrick Forrester demonstrate that the best decisions, insights, ideas and outcomes result when...

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    How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business

    by Ryan Tate

    Gawker tech-blogger and journalist Ryan Tate reveals insight on how businesses can inspire greater creativity and productivity by allowing their employees to pursue their own passions at work. In The 20% Doctrine, Tate examines how companies large and small can incubate valuable innovative advances by making small, specific changes to how work time is approached within their corporate cultures. The concept of “20% Time” originated at Google, but Tate takes examples...

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    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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    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 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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    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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