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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 How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

    Breaking the Eight Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses

    by Patricia O'Connell, Neil Smith

    Every day, seemingly intelligent and successful leaders and their companies make headline news because of poor decisions that can cause their businesses to stumble, making many of us scratch our heads in wonder: Why would such a successful business make that strategic decision? How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things highlights the ways in which the eight hidden barriers can interrupt your business, and author Neil Smith outlines a fast, and proven, process in which 12 principles...

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    Image of The Reinventors

    How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change

    by Jason Jennings

    For most businesses, success is fleeting. There are only two real choices: stick with the status quo until things inevitably decline, or continuously change to stay vital. But how? Bestselling leadership and management guru Jason Jennings and his researchers screened 22,000 companies around the world that had been cited as great examples of reinvention. They selected the best, verified their success, interviewed their leaders, and learned how they pursue never-ending radical change. The fresh...

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    Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All

    by Bernard T. Ferrari

    Nothing causes bad decisions in organizations as often as poor listening. But Bernard Ferrari, adviser to some of the nation's most influential executives, believes that such missteps can be avoided and that the skills and habits of good listening can be developed and mastered. He offers a step-by-step process that will help readers become active listeners, able to shape and focus any conversation.

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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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    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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    Image of Beyond Performance

    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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    How to Unleash the Power of Crowds in Your Business

    by Jon Spector, Barry Libert

    Many companies have benefited hugely from harnessing collective power. If you are willing to take on the challenge, you have a good chance of being handsomely rewarded. Communities can help companies invent new products and services, improve customer service, boost sales, turbo-charge manufacturing, tap into new sources of financing and make everyone a leader. This summary will show you how.

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