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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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  • Image of Speed Review: The Idea Factory
    Image of Speed Review: The Idea Factory

    Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

    by Jon Gertner

    The Penguin Press, 432 pages

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  • Image of Who's in the Room?
    Image of Who's in the Room?

    How Great Leaders Structure and Manage the Teams Around Them

    by Bob Frisch

    At the top of every organization chart lies a myth — that the boss and senior management team make all the critical decisions together. In reality, most decisions are actually made by the boss and an inner circle of confidants — a "team with no name" that exists outside formal processes. This gap between the myth and reality of decision making causes significant problems. In Who's in the Room? Bob Frisch provides a unique perspective to this widely misunderstood...

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  • Image of Speaking as a Leader
    Image of Speaking as a Leader

    How to Lead Every Time You Speak — From Boardrooms to Meeting Rooms, From Town Halls to Phone Calls

    by Judith Humphrey

    Whether it's among colleagues at lunch or an audience of a thousand, a leader's role is to move and inspire others. It's not only the big occasions that test a leader's mettle, but the little ones as well — in a casual conversation in the elevator, in phone calls, or one of many incidental, seemingly "insignificant" interactions in everyday work life. Written by one of the world's leading communications coaches, Speaking as a Leader shows you how to make the most of...

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  • Image of What Matters Now
    Image of What Matters Now

    How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition and Unstoppable Innovation

    by Gary Hamel

    What Matters Now is Gary Hamel's impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?" The answer is found in five paramount issues: values, innovation, adaptability, passion, and ideology.

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  • Image of Eat People
    Image of Eat People

    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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  • Image of What's Holding You Back?
    Image of What's Holding You Back?

    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
    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 The Elegant Solution

    Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation

    by Matthew May

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Despite the company's issues in the past several years, Toyota is still a model organization. This book examines the management and innovation philosophies that made Toyota one of the strongest brands in the automotive world. The authors combine unique takes on the company's performance with elements of Japanese history.

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