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  • Image of Bridging the Boomer-Xer Gap
    Image of Bridging the Boomer-Xer Gap

    Creating Authentic Teams for High Performance at Work

    by Danilo Sirias, Hank Karp, Connie Fuller

    Today’s workplaces are dominated by two generational groups: Baby Boomers and Generation Xers. The Boomers now hold top management and policy-making positions, while the younger Xers have just recently entered the world of work. Unfortunately, both groups view each other with suspicion. Boomers tend to believe the stereotype that Xers are slackers, loners, and self-absorbed. Xers think Boomers are incapable of adapting to technological and social change. Both stereotypes are false, and those who

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    Image of Leading Quietly

    An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing

    by Joseph Badaracco

    Every profession and walk of life has its great figures, leaders and heroes, people who are exalted for their achievements and treated as role models. Yet, in day-to-day life, we often find that the most effective leaders are rarely public heroes; they maintain a low profile, yet they do what is right (for themselves and their organizations) inconspicuously and without casualties. These are the "quiet leaders" Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr. studies and celebrates in his book. Through four years of res

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    Image of The Horizontal Organization

    What the Organization of the Future Actually Looks Like and How It Delivers Value to Customers

    by Frank Ostroff

    Corporations in increasing numbers are switching from the traditional bureaucratic "vertical" structure of organization to a horizontal organization. And what's that? It rejects the separation of people and work into functional departments, such as marketing and customer service. Instead, it groups people and works around a few organization-wide, cross-functional core processes. All those processes lead to one end objective, creating and delivering something of value to the customer. By using de

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  • Image of Best Practices in Customer Service
    Image of Best Practices in Customer Service

    by Ron Zemke, John Woods

    Zemke and Woods lay it on the line: The primary goal of business is to satisfy the needs and expectations of customers. Profit, then, is a measure of how well you have achieved that goal. Then they plunge into letting experts tell you how to do this. Subjects covered in helpful detail include training employees, better satisfying customers by looking at your business from their viewpoint, and handling dissatisfied customers. (First step on that last one: Listen fully and without interrupting.) E

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    Image of Customers.com

    How to Create a Profitable Business Strategy for the Internet and Beyond

    by Ronni Marshak, Patricia B. Seybold

    If your Web site isn't producing as much business as you expected, read this book. It will head you toward profits. Start by making certain you know your end customers, who they are and what they want. Create a site that allows them to shop, order, purchase, and track delivery -- and not have to strain in the process. Capture information on them so you can anticipate their needs. And that's just the beginning of the help this book will give you.

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