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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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    How Managers Can Motivate by Creating Meaning

    by Scott Mautz

    Scott Mautz reveals that fostering meaning at work by giving workers a greater sense of significance is the key to motivation and engagement. By making work matter, people become more committed to their jobs, which positively influences productivity, products and personal satisfaction. Mautz offers tools and plans to create meaning in and at work.

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    How to Apply the Astonishing Power of Positive Reinforcement

    by Aubrey Daniels

    Daniels, a psychologist, knows what keeps people working at peak performance: positive reinforcement. It takes more than a few pats on the back, however. Learn this method and watch your people soar.

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    The Competitive Advantage in the Middle of Your Organization

    by Thomas H. Davenport

    In Manager Redefined, Tom Davenport and Stephen Harding explains that managers must build human capital and create employee engagement by managing them almost not at all. The authors view supervisors and managers as centers of insight and influence, underappreciated in many organizations, but endowed nevertheless with the potential to make dramatic contributions to enterprise success. They urge companies to think of their managers as potential sources of competitive advantage.

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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 to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition and Unstoppable Innovation

    by Gary Hamel

    What Matters Now is Gary Hamel's impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?" The answer is found in five paramount issues: values, innovation, adaptability, passion, and ideology.

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    How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst

    by Robert I. Sutton

    How a boss wields his or her power over an employee is bound to result in feelings that might include resentment, confusion or possibly comfort. If you are a boss, are you attuned to how your words and actions affect your employees? Good Boss, Bad Boss is for bosses and those who have bosses. It details how to adopt the characteristics of a good boss and survive the flaws of a bad boss. Dr. Sutton uses real-life case studies and behavioral science research to reveal exactly what the...

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    Why Managers Can't Hide

    by Doug Katz, Craig Wasserman

    Based on four decades of experience as management consultants, Wasserman and Katz make a compelling argument that all managers work in the heat of an invisible spotlight where their every word and deed are scrutinized by employees. Remarkably, most employees are unaware of this reality. The authors tell illuminating stories from the trenches about management successes and misadventures that offer a fresh, practical perspective on building sound management relationships.

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    The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers

    by Stan Slap

    Consultant and author Slap helps executives ignite the massive power of any manager's emotional commitment to his or her company. Slap provides a remarkable process that allows you to use your own values to achieve tremendous success.

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    by Henry Mintzberg

    A half century ago Peter Drucker put management on the map. Leadership has since put it off. In his latest book, Henry Mintzberg aims to restore management to its proper place: front and center. “We should be seeing managers as leaders,” he writes, “and leadership as management practiced well.” This book is classic Mintzberg: iconoclastic, irreverent, carefully researched, myth-breaking. Managing may be the most revealing book yet written about what managers do, how they do it, and how they...

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