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  • Image of The Breakthrough Company
    Image of The Breakthrough Company

    How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers

    by Keith McFarland

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    A number of small businesses stay small but not always by choice. Only one tenth of 1 percent is persistent enough to break through to sales above $250 million a year. McFarland points out in The Breakthrough Company that it doesn’t take luck to make your “everyday” company “extraordinary.” Instead, for a company to make it big it takes a specific set of skills and strategies that can be used by anyone, from a startup to major company.

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  • Image of The Talent Powered Organization
    Image of The Talent Powered Organization

    Strategies for Globalization, Talent Management and High Performance

    by Robert Thomas, Peter Cheese, Elizabeth Craig

    The key to strategic success is talent –– an organization’s people, from its current and future leaders to its frontline employees. But today, talent is harder to find and nurture, and easier to waste and lose. This has caused talent to move quickly to the top of every leader’s strategic agenda, but few organizations are managing their talent strategically. Combining strategic insight with proven and practical methods, The Talent Powered Organization is essential for people at all level

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    Image of Meatball Sundae

    Is Your Marketing Out of Sync?

    by Seth Godin

    Godin’s latest book is the definitive guide to the 14 trends no marketer can afford to ignore. It explains what to do about the increasing power of stories, not facts; about shorter and shorter attention spans; and about the new math that says 5,000 people who want to hear your message are more valuable than 5 million who don’t. Godin doesn’t pretend that it’s easy to get your products, marketing messages and internal systems in sync. But he’ll definitely convince you that it’s worth the effort.

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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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  • Image of Treasure Hunt
    Image of Treasure Hunt

    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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  • Image of The Starfish and the Spider
    Image of The Starfish and the Spider

    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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  • Image of Green to Gold
    Image of Green to Gold

    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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