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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 Chief Culture Officer

    How to Create a Living, Breathing Corporation

    by Grant McCracken

    Companies around the world need to pay attention to the newest trends. In fact, corporations need a new professional, a Chief Culture Officer. Anthropologist Grant McCracken trains some of the world’s biggest companies and consulting firms and argues that hiring a Chief Culture Officer would help detect changes and have a deeper understanding of the waves of culture in America and the world to expand your business.

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    How the World’s Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential

    by Curt Coffman, Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina

    Follow This Path describes how organizations should value and develop relationships with their employees and customers. Authors Curt Coffman and Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina, Ph.D. use research from a Gallup study to show how developing your employees can lead to major cost efficiencies and profits.

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  • Image of The Q-Loop
    Image of The Q-Loop

    The Art & Science of Lasting Corporate Change

    by Brian Klapper

    Brian Klapper reveals the "art and science" of lasting transformation based on a proven, repeatable model. Learn how to unlock the potential of your organization’s collective intelligence to create buy-in from top to bottom. The Q-Loop extracts the deep knowledge that resides with front line employees, breaks down their inherent resistance to change, and converts them into passionate advocates who are fully invested in leading the organization to achieve transformational results.

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  • Image of Confronting Reality
    Image of Confronting Reality

    Doing What Matters to Get Things Right

    by Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan

    Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan use a business model they developed to show how to tie together the financial targets you must meet, the external realities of your business and internal activities including strategy, operating activities, selection and development of people and organizational structure. Using this business model as a tool for confronting reality, you’ll learn whether your fundamental business premise is under assault, where your best opportunities lie, what you should change...

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  • Image of The Complexity Crisis
    Image of The Complexity Crisis

    Why Too Many Products, Markets, and Customers are Crippling Your Company - And What To Do About It

    by John Mariotti

    Executives today face a crisis — a crisis of complexity. As you seek to expand profits, a number of new products, procedures and systems are created that, unexpectedly, stifle your bottom line. To this problem, Mariotti has the solution: simplify. In this far-reaching study, he shows corporate America that “keep it simple” is the way out of the Complexity Crisis.

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    Image of Corporate Agility

    A Revolutionary New Model for Competing in a Flat World

    by Charles Grantham, James Ware, Cory Williamson

    In order to compete in the flat world –– where the rules are constantly changing –– businesses must be willing to embrace a new strategic model. This model needs to allow for the understanding of the evolving work force, the inception of new technologies, and the re-examination of work place structure. Corporate Agility provides the blueprint for this revolutionary move forward.

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  • Image of The Art of Profitability
    Image of The Art of Profitability

    by Adrian J. Slywotzky

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    From the author of The Profit Zone comes a new guide to success. With careful pace, Slywotzky takes readers through 23 business lessons. Similar to a Zen koan, this book mixes Eastern philosophy with practical business takeaways. It will help executives fire an arrow directly to the bullseye of their companies' profit target.

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    Image of The Well-Timed Strategy

    Managing the Business Cycle for Competitive Advantage

    by Peter Navarro

    It’s not enough to understand the business cycle and the industry cycle. In The Well-Timed Strategy, Peter Navarro discusses today’s unprecedented level of macroeconomic turbulence – from oil price hikes to drought and disease. Whether an executive, a strategist or an investor, Navarro provides the tools to align every facet of business strategy, tactics and operations to reflect changing business conditions. Keeping in mind finance, supply chains, production, marketing, HR and more, th

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    Image of Strategy Maps

    Converting Intangible Assets into Tangible Outcomes

    by David P. Norton, Robert S. Kaplan

    The Balanced Scorecard is a revolutionary performance measurement system that allows organizations to quantify critical intangible assets, such as people, information and culture. Now the people who first developed the Balanced Scorecard, Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, have created a powerful new tool based on their ongoing research. The strategy map allows companies to describe the links between intangible assets and value creation so all aspects of strategy can be implemented in a manne

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