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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 The Power of Thanks

    How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work

    by Derek Irvine, Eric Mosley

    Globoforce executives Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine explain how a Culture of Recognition can boost employee engagement and loyalty, stronger teamwork, a more innovative culture, increased customer satisfaction as well as greater profitability and organizational health. Ultimately, they show how to build a better workplace for employees.

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  • Image of The Fearless Front Line
    Image of The Fearless Front Line

    The Key to Liberating Leaders to Improve

    by Ray Attiyah

    The Fearless Front Line is a call to action for leaders to set a standard of fearlessness where their frontline workers take pride in and take ownership of their critical roles. This, in turn, frees leaders to focus on the big-picture, bold strategies that can improve and grow the business. Ray Attiyah’s proven Run-Improve-Grow model for continuous improvement will stimulate a culture of consistent growth and constant innovation.

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  • Image of Breaking the Fear Barrier
    Image of Breaking the Fear Barrier

    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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    Image of Topgrading

    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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  • Image of The 3rd Alternative
    Image of The 3rd Alternative

    Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems

    by Stephen R. Covey

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Conflict resolution has traditionally involved "meeting in the middle," a "lose - lose" situation in which both sides give up something important to find a solution. In his latest book, legendary management consultant Stephen R. Covey teaches you about the 3rd Alternative, a solution in which no one gives up anything and all sides share in the "win."

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    Image of Good Company

    Business Success in the Worthiness Era

    by Larry Costello, Ed Frauenheim, Laurie Bassi, Dan McMurrer

    Laurie Bassi and her coauthors show that despite the dispiriting headlines, we are entering what they coin the "Worthiness Era." And in it, the good guys are poised to win. Across the globe, people are choosing the companies in their lives in the same way they choose the guests they invite into their homes. They are demanding that companies be "good company." The authors created the Good Company Index to look at Fortune 100 companies' records as employers, sellers and...

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  • Image of The Invisible Spotlight
    Image of The Invisible Spotlight

    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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  • Image of Embracing Excellence
    Image of Embracing Excellence

    Become an Employer of Choice to Attract and Keep the Best Talent

    by Franklin Ashby, Arthur Pell Ph.D.

    Companies need “A” players to outperform the competition. To attract and keep top-level performers in a highly competitive economy, companies must learn to create corporate cultures that attract and retain “A” players. Embracing Excellence explains how organizations can attract “A” players by building an environment that is committed to values, vision, creativity, trust and respect.

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  • Image of Jack: Straight from the Gut
    Image of Jack: Straight from the Gut

    by Jack Welch

    Follow the career of General Electric CEO Jack Welch from his beginnings as a stuttering, competitive kid from working-class Salem, Massachusetts, to his early days as a GE engineer, to his ascension to CEO and a 20-year reign at the top. In his own words, Welch stresses the importance of people, originality, creativity, and common sense while sharing his thoughts on what it takes to be a great leader.

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