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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 Convergence Marketing
    Image of Convergence Marketing

    Strategies for Reaching the New Hybrid Consumer

    by Jerry Wind, Vijay Mahajan

    During the advent of the Internet, marketers thought of consumers in terms of those who shopped in the non-virtual marketplace (traditional consumers) and those who shopped online (cyberconsumers). In reality, neither extreme truly reflected the habits of tech-savvy consumers. This new audience took on the hybrid qualities of the centaurs of Greek myth (half man, half beast) as they shuttled between online and offline storefronts and information centers, according to their needs. The companies b

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  • Image of Creating and Dominating New Markets
    Image of Creating and Dominating New Markets

    by Peter Meyer

    New markets (markets that did not exist before you created them) areexciting, profitable and forgiving. They provide the thrill of creatingsomething no one has done before. They also lack the competitive pressure that reduces prices in mature markets. You do not find new markets. You create them by finding the solution to a problem that people want resolved. In other words, a new market exists at the convergence of a high level of perceived need with a solution that didnot previously exist. In t

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