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  • Image of What the CEO Wants You to Know
    Image of What the CEO Wants You to Know

    How Your Company Really Works

    by Ram Charan

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    Executive consultant and author Ram Charan doesn't mince words. In this book, he presents the universal truths about what makes a successful business. Whether you run a small shop or a Fortune 500 firm, Charan provides the information to help your business reach new levels of speed, efficiency and profitability.

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  • Image of The Change Function
    Image of The Change Function

    Why Some Technologies Take off and Others Crash and Burn

    by Pip Coburn

    Known for writing some of the liveliest reports on Wall Street, Coburn has identified how some technologies are blockbusters (such as the iPod), while others are losers from the starting gate (like the video phone). The Change Function writes off the “build it and they will come” mentality that so many technology companies adhere to, and shows that technology demands a change in habits—more specifically it demands a change in consumers, who are often uninterested in trading in the norm

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    Image of Break From the Pack

    How to Compete in a Copycat Economy

    by Oren Harari

    To excel in the cramped business world today, individuals and organizations must learn when to leave the herd behind and break from the pack with fresh ideas and ahead-of-the-game innovation. Harari provides a four-pronged process in Break from the Pack for moving into the lead and leaving competition behind, while providing lively examples through the “Madonna Effect” and the “Willie Nelson Principle.” In what Harari calls a “Copycat Economy,” it is essential to differentiate as well a

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  • Image of The Speed of Trust
    Image of The Speed of Trust

    The One Thing that Changes Everything

    by Stephen M.R. Covey

    According to Covey, trust is one of the essential elements of business, and the ability to create, preserve and restore trust has become one of the most important skills today, inside and outside the office. In The Speed of Trust, Covey gives his readers all the key tools to cultivating trust in their relationships, while offering up the wisdom of other great leaders on the topic.

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    Image of Twilight in the Desert

    The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy

    by Matthew R. Simmons

    This summary looks behind the curtain to reveal a Saudi oil production industry that could soon approach a serious, irreversible decline. Veteran oil industry analyst Matthew Simmons draws on his 30 years of insider experience and more than 200 independently produced reports about Saudi petroleum resources and production operations. What he uncovers is a story about Saudi Arabia's troubled oil industry, not to mention its political and societal instability, which differs sharply from the globall

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  • Image of Making Strategy Work
    Image of Making Strategy Work

    Leading Effective Execution and Change

    by Lawrence Hrebiniak

    While formulating strategy is a challenge, executing that strategy can be an even greater challenge. In Making Strategy Work, Lawrence Hrebiniak offers a comprehensive, disciplined process model for making strategy work in the real world. This model covers every key success factor of effective execution, including organization structure, coordination, information sharing, incentives, controls, change management, culture and the role of power and influence in the process.

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  • Image of Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis
    Image of Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis

    7 Essential Lessons for Surviving Disaster

    by Ian I. Mitroff

    While a significant crisis or disaster can destroy many companies, other companies emerge from the worst crises stronger and better. Crisis management expert Ian Mitroff explains the seven competencies that all companies must learn if they are to survive a major crisis. The companies that successfully overcome crises, writes Mitroff, have the right heart, the right thinking, the right soul, the right social and political skills, the right technical skills, the right integration (of all the previ

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  • Image of Breakthrough Business Negotiation
    Image of Breakthrough Business Negotiation

    A Toolbox for Managers

    by Michael Watkins

    Michael Watkins, associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, lays out the major steps involved in any negotiation, including diagnosing a situation, shaping the structuring, managing the process and assessing the results. He also offers key insights into building coalitions, managing conflicts and negotiating crises.

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  • Image of The Responsibility Virus
    Image of The Responsibility Virus

    How Control Freaks, Mother Hens, Shrinking Violets and Yes-Men Can Harness the Power of True Partnership

    by Roger L. Martin

    In The Responsibility Virus, Roger Martin unveils a vicious cycle of over-responsibility and under-responsibility infecting working relationships in many companies. Martin shows how heroic leaders take on too much responsibility, passive followers take on too little, and the two groups feed off each other. The result, general unhappiness and a dysfunctional operation.

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