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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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    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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    New Thinking and Innovative Tools to Create Great Corporate Strategies. . . Using Insights from History and Science

    by Evan M. Dudik

    In this insightful primer on corporate strategy development, Dudik shows why the traditional strategic goal of sustainable competitive advantage (SCA) is being replaced by a new goal: opportunity creation and exploitation (OCE). Dudik also explores the business application of a classic military strategy: the hammer and pivot.

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    The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations

    by Mikel Harry Ph.D., Richard Schroeder

    Using examples of successful implementation of the Six Sigma Breakthrough Strategy at such companies as General Electric, AlliedSignal and Polaroid, Harry and Schroeder (both from the Six Sigma Academy, Inc.) lay out in detail the theory and practice of achieving the astounding level of quality (3.4 defects per million) at the heart of this approach.

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    Aligning the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees

    by Jon R. Katzenbach

    Katzenbach, co-author of The Wisdom of Teams, shows how to build exceptional levels of employee performance and commitment by consistently pursuing one or more of five distinct paths to peak performance: the Mission, Values and Pride path; the Process and Metrics path; the Entrepreneurial Spirit path; the Individual Achievement path; and the Recognition and Celebration path.

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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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