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  • Image of Heads Up
    Image of Heads Up

    Using Real-Time Business Information to Know First and Act Faster

    by Kenneth G. McGee

    According to Kenneth G. McGee, a research fellow at Gartner Inc., even the worst business catastrophes rarely happen without warning. In Heads Up, McGee describes how managers can break the pervasive pattern of surprises that are often followed by desperate responses. Instead of trying to predict the future, McGee explains, managers need to master predicting the present — understanding what is happening right now and how these current events and outcomes will impact future success. By r

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    Image of A Bias for Action

    How Effective Managers Harness Their Willpower to Achieve Results

    by Heike Bruch, Sumantra Ghoshal

    In A Bias for Action, leadership expert Heike Bruch and management expert Sumantra Ghoshal demonstrate that managers often confuse activity with accomplishments, and motivation with true leadership. Based on the authors’ research across numerous industries, and illustrated with personal case studies from BP, Sony, GE, Philips and others, this summary reveals how great managers get results by engaging their own willpower through a combination of energy and focus. The authors present simp

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  • Image of Don't Think Pink
    Image of Don't Think Pink

    What Really Makes Women Buy: And How to Increase Your Share of This Crucial Market

    by Andrea Learned, Lisa Johnson

    You can no longer “think pink” by assuming that all women are the same and all they want are pastel colored products with hearts and flowers on them. Generational experiences, lifestyle choices, and demographic characteristics combine to define the filters through which women make buying choices. Lisa Johnson and Andrea Learned are co-founders of ReachWomen, a firm specializing in the behavior of women as consumers. By examining the different ways women think and how companies can engage women w

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  • Image of Business @ the Speed of Thought
    Image of Business @ the Speed of Thought

    Using a Digital Nervous System

    by Bill Gates

    Information flow -- getting the right information to the right people at the right time -- is the “lifeblood” of any business, says Microsoft founder Gates. In this summary, he shows how to maintain this flow through a “digital nervous system” -- a single integrated digital infrastructure that uses digital tools as diverse as the Internet, PCs, computer networks, and specialized software to connect every component, every facet of your organization.

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  • Image of Free, Perfect, and Now
    Image of Free, Perfect, and Now

    Connecting to the Three Insatiable Customer Demands: A CEO's True Story

    by Robert Rodin

    Rodin, CEO of Marshall Industries, shows in this summary how he transformed a conventional electronics distributor into a high-speed junction box between customers and suppliers. The key: providing customers solutions to their problems that are free, perfect, and now. These three insatiable customer demands, says Rodin, must change your entire company -- from its mission and structure to the way you do business and even the incentives you offer employees.

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