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  • Image of The Power of Impossible Thinking
    Image of The Power of Impossible Thinking

    Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business

    by Yoram (Jerry) Wind, Colin Crook

    The ability to see the world differently can create significant opportunities, as companies such as Southwest Airlines, FedEx, Charles Schwab and others have demonstrated. But even successful models can ultimately become a prison if they limit your ability to make sense of a changing world, in the way that major airlines failed to fully recognize the threat of upstarts such as Ryanair or that music companies failed to see the opportunities and threats of music file sharing.

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    Image of Does IT Matter?

    Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

    by Nicholas Carr

    In a May 2003 article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “IT Doesn’t Matter,” Nicholas G. Carr introduced the idea that information technology (IT) does not provide a competitive advantage to companies in a strategic manner. In Does IT Matter?, Carr argues that IT has become a commodity, and because the very nature of strategy requires differentiation, IT cannot possibly qualify. IT can be used to supplement and improve strategy implementation, but it is not the foundation of a com

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  • Image of Speed Review: The Anarchist in the Library
    Image of Speed Review: The Anarchist in the Library

    How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

    by Siva Vaidhyanathan

    Basic Books, 253 pages

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  • Image of Calling a Halt to Mindless Change
    Image of Calling a Halt to Mindless Change

    A PLEA for Commonsense Management

    by John Macdonald

    Enough, says MacDonald. Too many consultants are pushing too many new management methods that don't work. Firms are depending too much on lawyers and human resource departments. Put some sense back into decision-making in this area, he says, making sure to adopt only those changes that can improve operations. Those who have been stung in this department will enjoy this book; others will be put on watch for the danger signs.

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  • Image of Getting to Resolution
    Image of Getting to Resolution

    Turning Conflict into Collaboration

    by Stewart Levine

    You've seen it happen. Groups in a firm are clashing. Communications break down. Two people are making a display of their mutual dislikes. The work of the firm is feeling it. What to do? Levine has the answers, varied for the occasion and tested in the heat of battle. One approach involves the signing of collaborative agreements.

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