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  • Image of Flawless Consulting
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    A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used

    by Peter Block

    Consulting flawlessly requires intense concentration on two processes: being as authentic as you can be at all times with the client; and attending directly, in words and actions, to the business of each stage of the consulting process. This summary describes what authentic consulting behavior looks like. It also describes the business side of each stage of the consulting process.

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    Inside the Mind of the New Consumer

    by Michael Silverstein

    Through detailed, individual spending portraits of middle class consumers, Silverstein explores the story of how people around the world are reshaping the consumer-goods market by trading down to low-price products and services, trading up to premium ones, and avoiding the boredom and low value that increasingly characterize the middle.

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    The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

    by Ori Brafman, Rod Beckstrom

    A spider has legs, a central body and a tiny head. Chop off the spider’s head and it dies. That’s what happens in a centralized organization with a clear leader in charge. A decentralized organization is more like a starfish — no head, only a decentralized network of cells. This book addresses the differences between the two organizational styles and why a smart business model contains parts of both.

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    How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage

    by Andrew Winston, Daniel Esty

    This book explores what every executive must know to manage today’s environmental challenges. Based on the authors’ years of experience and hundreds of interviews with corporate leaders around the world, the book shows how companies generate lasting value by building environmental thinking into their business strategies.

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    How Your Company Really Works

    by Ram Charan

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    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
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    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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    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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    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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    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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