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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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    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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    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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    New Thinking and Innovative Tools to Create Great Corporate Strategies. . . Using Insights from History and Science

    by Evan M. Dudik

    In this insightful primer on corporate strategy development, Dudik shows why the traditional strategic goal of sustainable competitive advantage (SCA) is being replaced by a new goal: opportunity creation and exploitation (OCE). Dudik also explores the business application of a classic military strategy: the hammer and pivot.

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    The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations

    by Mikel Harry Ph.D., Richard Schroeder

    Using examples of successful implementation of the Six Sigma Breakthrough Strategy at such companies as General Electric, AlliedSignal and Polaroid, Harry and Schroeder (both from the Six Sigma Academy, Inc.) lay out in detail the theory and practice of achieving the astounding level of quality (3.4 defects per million) at the heart of this approach.

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    Aligning the Hearts and Minds of Your Employees

    by Jon R. Katzenbach

    Katzenbach, co-author of The Wisdom of Teams, shows how to build exceptional levels of employee performance and commitment by consistently pursuing one or more of five distinct paths to peak performance: the Mission, Values and Pride path; the Process and Metrics path; the Entrepreneurial Spirit path; the Individual Achievement path; and the Recognition and Celebration path.

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  • Image of Mean Business
    Image of Mean Business

    by Albert Dunlap

    Dunlap, head of Sunbeam Corporation, shows how he transformed Scott Paper from a money-losing, lackluster organization into a vibrant market leader. Tips abound – on strategy, cost cutting, out-sourcing, and getting ahead on the job. A great “here’s how I did it” summary.

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