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    Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking in Your Organization

    by Daniel Patrick Forrester

    “Stop, think, and don’t do something stupid!” This is the warning Dr. Robert Bea drills into his civil and environmental engineering students at the University of California in Berkeley. There is an intangible and invisible marketplace within our lives today where the products traded are fourfold: attention, distraction, data and meaning. The stories and examples within Consider by Daniel Patrick Forrester demonstrate that the best decisions, insights, ideas and outcomes result when...

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    Focus on the Right Customers for Strategic Advantage

    by Peter Fader

    Overturning some of our most fundamental beliefs about customer service, renowned behavioral data expert Peter Fader, Co-Director of The Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative, helps businesses radically rethink how they relate to customers by focusing on the needs of your most valuable customers.

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    How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business

    by Ryan Tate

    Gawker tech-blogger and journalist Ryan Tate reveals insight on how businesses can inspire greater creativity and productivity by allowing their employees to pursue their own passions at work. In The 20% Doctrine, Tate examines how companies large and small can incubate valuable innovative advances by making small, specific changes to how work time is approached within their corporate cultures. The concept of “20% Time” originated at Google, but Tate takes examples...

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    How to Create Leadership at Every Level

    by L. David Marquet

    From the vantage point of the commander of the USS Santa Fe, read how the crew completely turned the ship around, going from worst to first by questioning many of our basic leadership assumptions and shifting from take-control authority to give-control empowerment. Share the author's insights as the crew gains unprecedented decision making authority, the risks of doing so, and the reward of an exponentially more effective and more resilient organization. Learn how to achieve...

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    Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources

    by Wayne Brockbank, Dave Ulrich, Mike Ulrich, Jon Younger

    Can HR Deliver value to "the business"? Yes, it can, and it must. This book is filled with tips for guiding and empowering HR professionals — and entire departments — so that HR might bring benefits of a different kind to everyone in your organization. HR From the Outside In will teach you: the six key HR competencies; how to develop HR professionals to be high-performers; how to structure an HR department that delivers maximum value; and what it takes...

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    How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice

    by Todd Henry

    It isn't enough to just do your job anymore. In order to thrive in today's marketplace, all of us, regardless of our role, have to be ready to generate brilliant ideas on demand. The Accidental Creative teaches effective practices that support your creative process. You'll discover how to: focus in on your most critical work and reclaim your attention; develop stimulating relationships that will lead to creative insights; effectively manage your energy so that you are always ready to...

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    Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention

    by Renee Grant-Williams

    While everyone has a voice, not every voice is one that gets attention — a personal weakness often overlooked. The concept of “dressing for success” — creating the right appearance — is second nature by now. However, most people are unaware that their voices account for one-third of the total impression they make on others (the other factors are appearance and message). In this summary, Renee Grant-Williams, who has worked with U.S. senators, business executives and sales professionals, as well

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    Taking a Holistic Approach to Enterprise Health

    by Alan P. Brache

    Organizations are like humans. Each organ, muscle, bone, and nerve plays a unique part within the whole. A strong contribution from one component can’t make up for deficiencies in others, and understanding each component doesn’t explain the health of the whole person. Body functions are integrated and their interactions are as important as their individual roles. So are the different functions in an organization. This summary shows you how to take a holistic approach to organizational wellness b

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    How to Manage a Group of Professionals

    by David H. Maister, Patrick J. McKenna

    Managing people is difficult, particularly when you are tasked with leading a group of confident, intelligent professionals — often used to working with a certain amount of autonomy — to accomplish some task or essential goal. Group leaders must be skilled not only in management basics (delegation, decision-making, running meetings, and so forth), but also in the “softer” skills of inspirational leadership practices. Crammed with concrete advice and practical applications and examples, ...

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