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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 Bringing Out the Best in People

    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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    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

    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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    How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage

    by Colin Price, Scott Keller

    In Beyond Performance, McKinsey & Company's Scott Keller and Colin Price give you everything you need to build an organization that can execute in the short run and has the vitality to prosper over the long term. Drawing on the most exhaustive research effort of its kind on organizational effectiveness and change management, Keller and Price put hard science behind their big idea: that the health of an organization is equally as important as its performance.

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  • Image of Partnering Intelligence
    Image of Partnering Intelligence

    Creating Value for Your Business by Building Strong Alliances

    by Stephen M. Dent

    Author Dent shows how to create value for your business by regaining the lost skill of partnering. The key is to develop your ‘partnering intelligence.'

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  • Image of The Innovation Premium
    Image of The Innovation Premium

    How Next Generation Companies Are Achieving Peak Performance and Profitability

    by Tom Sommerlatte, Ronald S. Jonash

    Investors reward and pay a premium for innovation. The authors present a framework for capturing this ‘innovation premium’ based on five areas: strategy, process, innovation resources, organizational structures, and innovative learning cultures.

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  • Image of The Horizontal Organization
    Image of The Horizontal Organization

    What the Organization of the Future Actually Looks Like and How It Delivers Value to Customers

    by Frank Ostroff

    Corporations in increasing numbers are switching from the traditional bureaucratic "vertical" structure of organization to a horizontal organization. And what's that? It rejects the separation of people and work into functional departments, such as marketing and customer service. Instead, it groups people and works around a few organization-wide, cross-functional core processes. All those processes lead to one end objective, creating and delivering something of value to the customer. By using de

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  • Image of Best Practices in Customer Service
    Image of Best Practices in Customer Service

    by Ron Zemke, John Woods

    Zemke and Woods lay it on the line: The primary goal of business is to satisfy the needs and expectations of customers. Profit, then, is a measure of how well you have achieved that goal. Then they plunge into letting experts tell you how to do this. Subjects covered in helpful detail include training employees, better satisfying customers by looking at your business from their viewpoint, and handling dissatisfied customers. (First step on that last one: Listen fully and without interrupting.) E

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