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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 Breakthrough Business Results with MVT
    Image of Breakthrough Business Results with MVT

    A Fast, Cost-Free, "Secret Weapon" for Boosting Sales, Cutting Expenses, and Improving Any Business Process

    by Charles Holland, David Cochran

    Breakthrough Business Results with MVT describes and details the one revolutionary method that offers a powerful, fast and inexpensive way to prove with certainty that ideas will have the biggest impact on your bottom line. MVT, or Multivariable Testing, uses advanced statistics to test the real-world effects of dozens of business improvement ideas, discover the synergies between them, and identify those ideas that are the most powerful and profitable under real-world conditions.

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  • Image of Corporate Agility
    Image of Corporate Agility

    A Revolutionary New Model for Competing in a Flat World

    by Charles Grantham, James Ware, Cory Williamson

    In order to compete in the flat world –– where the rules are constantly changing –– businesses must be willing to embrace a new strategic model. This model needs to allow for the understanding of the evolving work force, the inception of new technologies, and the re-examination of work place structure. Corporate Agility provides the blueprint for this revolutionary move forward.

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  • Image of Get There Early
    Image of Get There Early

    Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present

    by Bob Johansen

    Very few leaders consult a crystal ball or a psychic when it comes to looking into the future with regards to their business; nonetheless, they are still responsible for understanding how the decisions they made yesterday will affect their organization five years from now. Johansen and the Institute for the Future provide their insights into the next decade, and show readers how they too can begin to navigate the road to the future.

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  • Image of The Art of Profitability
    Image of The Art of Profitability

    by Adrian J. Slywotzky

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    From the author of The Profit Zone comes a new guide to success. With careful pace, Slywotzky takes readers through 23 business lessons. Similar to a Zen koan, this book mixes Eastern philosophy with practical business takeaways. It will help executives fire an arrow directly to the bullseye of their companies' profit target.

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  • Image of The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning
    Image of The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning

    How to Turn Learning and Development into Business Results

    by Calhoun Wick, Richard Flanagan, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    The authors offer their experience and insight on how to turn training and development into noticeable business results, stressing the necessity for a strong educational program. Six specific disciplines are mapped out that will provide measurable outcomes when properly instilled within the corporate learning environment.

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  • Image of Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars
    Image of Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

    A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, bestselling author and acclaimed management expert Patrick Lencioni presents a dynamic leadership fable that reveals how organizations can overcome the “silos” that divide work units and paralyze performance. Lencioni also offers solutions to a key leadership issue — the impact of turf wars and political infighting on organizational effectiveness. Written in the form of a realistic but fictional story, this summary tackles a tough business issue in bot

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  • Image of What Really Works
    Image of What Really Works

    The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success

    by Bruce Roberson, William Joyce, Nitin Nohria

    What really works? Today’s managers realize all too painfully that many, many things matter in achieving business success, but few of them can tell you much more than what worked for them. The authors of What Really Works conducted a 10-year study that turned 50 academics and business consultants loose on dozens of companies, looking for the answer to that elusive mystery — What really works? From that study emerged the 4+2 Theory, which provides the correct combination of primary and s

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  • Image of Play to Your Strengths
    Image of Play to Your Strengths

    Managing Your Company's Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage

    by Dave Kieffer, Richard R. Guzzo, Haig R. Nalbantian, Jay Doherty

    According to Haig R. Nalbantian, Richard A Guzzo, Dave Kieffer and Jay Doherty, principals of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a new, fact-based science of human capital management has emerged that is based on systems thinking, determining the correct facts about an organization, and focusing on value. With this new way of managing human capital, executives can use their human capital to its full advantage by aligning the human capital strategy with the business strategy and finally allowing st

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  • Image of The Future of Competition
    Image of The Future of Competition

    Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers

    by CK Prahalad, Venkat Ramaswamy

    In a world of infinite choice, instant gratification, and unbounded opportunities for innovation, why, ask University of Michigan Business School professors C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy, are companies still unable to satisfy customers or sustain growth and profitability? The answer lies in the evolving role of the customer in the value creation process. No longer do customers receive value through the purchase of products and services alone. Instead, the authors explain, individual custome

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