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  • Image of How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things
    Image of How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things

    Breaking the Eight Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses

    by Patricia O'Connell, Neil Smith

    Every day, seemingly intelligent and successful leaders and their companies make headline news because of poor decisions that can cause their businesses to stumble, making many of us scratch our heads in wonder: Why would such a successful business make that strategic decision? How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things highlights the ways in which the eight hidden barriers can interrupt your business, and author Neil Smith outlines a fast, and proven, process in which 12 principles...

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    A New Strategy for Innovation

    by Ron Adner

    How can great companies do everything right — identify real customer needs, deliver excellent innovations, beat their competitors to market — and still fail? The sad truth is that many companies fail because they focus too intensely on their own innovations, and then neglect the innovation ecosystems on which their success depends. In our increasingly interdependent world, winning requires more than just delivering on your own promises. The Wide Lens offers a powerful new...

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    Image of The Reinventors

    How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change

    by Jason Jennings

    For most businesses, success is fleeting. There are only two real choices: stick with the status quo until things inevitably decline, or continuously change to stay vital. But how? Bestselling leadership and management guru Jason Jennings and his researchers screened 22,000 companies around the world that had been cited as great examples of reinvention. They selected the best, verified their success, interviewed their leaders, and learned how they pursue never-ending radical change. The fresh...

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    Image of Power Listening

    Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All

    by Bernard T. Ferrari

    Nothing causes bad decisions in organizations as often as poor listening. But Bernard Ferrari, adviser to some of the nation's most influential executives, believes that such missteps can be avoided and that the skills and habits of good listening can be developed and mastered. He offers a step-by-step process that will help readers become active listeners, able to shape and focus any conversation.

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    Image of The Wizard and the Warrior

    Leading with Passion and Power

    by Lee Bolman, Terrence Deal

    Bestselling authors Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal give leaders the insight and courage they need to take risks on behalf of values they cherish and the people they guide. Great leaders must act both as wizard, calling on imagination, creativity, meaning and magic, and as warrior, mobilizing strength, courage and willingness to fight as necessary to fulfill their mission.

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    Image of Naked Conversations

    How Blogs Are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers

    by Shel Israel, Robert Scoble

    Scoble and Israel argue that every business can benefit from smart "naked" blogging, whether the company is a small town plumbing operation or a multinational fashion house. By ignoring the “blogosphere” you ignore what others are saying about you, they write. The authors have assembled an enormous amount of information about blogging: from history and theory to comparisons among countries and industries. They also lay out the dos and don'ts of the medium and include extensive statistics, case s

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    On Building Corporate Value

    by Mukul Pandya, Robert E. Mittelstaedt Jr., Harbir Singh, Eric Clemons

    The Internet can be a powerful tool if companies and consumers learn how to use it creatively and imaginatively. Case studies and articles from Wharton’s [email protected] online journal support the authors’ strategies for building value through the Internet — including how to use the Web’s inherent communication, brokerage, and integration effects to your advantage.

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    Image of Working GlobeSmart

    12 People Skills for Doing Business Across Borders

    by Ernest Gundling

    Gundling presents a toolkit of the 12 global people skills that international managers, or anyone working with global partners, must acquire. These include interpersonal skills (eg. establishing credibility), group skills (eg. negotiating) and organizational skills (eg. managing change).

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    How Managers Can Break Free from the Annual Performance Trap

    by Jeremy Hope, Robin Fraser

    The authors show how to reform the traditional budgeting process, which currently consumes too much time while adding too little value. The problem is traditional budgeting’s focus on fixed targets and performance incentives. The authors argue for replacing centrally controlled, predetermined goals with self-regulating, relative competitive benchmarks and transfer the power and decision-making authority from the center of the organization to the front line.

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