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  • Image of How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things
    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 Speed Review: Get Lucky

    How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business

    by Thor Muller, Lane Becker

    Jossey-Bass, 288 pages

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    Image of The Wide Lens

    A New Strategy for Innovation

    by Ron Adner

    How can great companies do everything right — identify real customer needs, deliver excellent innovations, beat their competitors to market — and still fail? The sad truth is that many companies fail because they focus too intensely on their own innovations, and then neglect the innovation ecosystems on which their success depends. In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. The Wide Lens offers a powerful new...

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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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  • Image of Power Listening
    Image of Power Listening

    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 Caterpillar Doesn't Know
    Image of The Caterpillar Doesn't Know

    How Personal Change Is Creating Organizational Change

    by Peter Moore, Kenneth Hey

    The caterpillar doesn’t know that it must transform itself to stay alive. Your company may be the same. The authors, managing partners at Inferential Focus, Inc., a New York market-intelligence firm, explain the roots and results of a personal revolution that has transformed the behavior of individuals as employees as well as consumers. Readers will be introduced to many butterflies -- from fashion designers to computer software companies to a manufacturer of pumps and valves -- who, unlike the

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    Image of Rational Exuberance

    The Influence of Generation X on the New American Economy

    by Meredith Bagby

    Most of your future customers will be Generation Xers, as will most of your future employees -- understanding them is an organizational imperative. Meredith Bagby will tell you about her generation: how they buy, how they work, and how they lead. She finds them enthusiastic and hard-working but savvy and rational at the same time. Generation X, she says, has a right to be confident and enthusiastic – rationally exuberant – about the future.

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    Image of Leading at the Edge of Chaos

    How to Create the Nimble Organization

    by Daryl Conner

    Manage the inevitability of change by becoming a nimble organization, advises the author, the president and CEO of a research-based consulting firm. In this summary Conner builds on the foundation established in his first book, Managing at the Speed of Change, to help organizations and their employees recognize and successfully face the today’s flood of change.

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