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  • Image of Manager Redefined
    Image of Manager Redefined

    The Competitive Advantage in the Middle of Your Organization

    by Thomas H. Davenport

    In Manager Redefined, Tom Davenport and Stephen Harding explains that managers must build human capital and create employee engagement by managing them almost not at all. The authors view supervisors and managers as centers of insight and influence, underappreciated in many organizations, but endowed nevertheless with the potential to make dramatic contributions to enterprise success. They urge companies to think of their managers as potential sources of competitive advantage.

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    and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs

    by Andy Kessler

    The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game — but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? In this summary, Andy Kessler explains how the world's greatest entrepreneurs don't just start successful companies — they overturn entire industries, and he offers twelve surprising and controversial rules for these radical...

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    10 Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders

    by Robert J. Herbold

    Why do managers at all levels sacrifice corporate success by shying away from making the tough decisions? This executive book summary of What's Holding You Back? explores exactly why managers often hesitate to confront difficult issues and reveals the ten core principles of confident leadership, outlining proven tactics by which managers can confront their inner wimp and highlight their inner courage.

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    Image of Disciplined Dreaming

    A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

    by Josh Linkner

    We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months, not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growth is through creativity — at all levels of an organization. This executive book summary of Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable new ideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain your competitive advantage over the long term. Josh Linkner distills his years of experience into a 5-step process that will make creativity...

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    Image of Working Relationships

    The Simple Truth About Getting Along with Friends and Foes at Work

    by Bob Wall

    No matter how good you are at what you do, no matter how talented, skilled and knowledgeable you are, the most important and frustrating factor in determining your success and satisfaction in the workplace is your ability to forge effective relationships with others. This book is designed to help you meet that challenge.

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  • Image of The Cluetrain Manifesto
    Image of The Cluetrain Manifesto

    The End of Business As Usual

    by Rick Levine, David Weinberger, Doc Searls, Christopher Locke

    What if the Web marketplace is not really based on click-throughs, cookies and credit cards, but on conversations between human beings, all linked through a network that was created by many and controlled by no one? That is the central question of The Cluetrain Manifesto, a revolutionary way of looking at working that makes hash of corporate assumptions about the nature of online business.

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    Image of The Channel Advantage

    Going to Market with Multiple Sales Channels

    by Timothy R. Furey, Lawrence G. Friedman

    Today, many leading companies are putting at least as much effort and creativity into how they go to market as into what they bring to market. Companies have a wide variety of options for connecting products with customers, and each channel has its strengths as well as weaknesses. Friedman and Furey describe how to build a high-performance, competitive multi-channel system that will set your company apart from its competitors.

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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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