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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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    Image of The Wide Lens

    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 Growing Your Company's Leaders

    How Great Organizations Use Succession Management to Sustain Competitive Advantage

    by Robert M. Fulmer, Jay A. Conger

    For decades, succession management identified replacements for senior executives who, it was assumed, would eventually depart the organization through death or retirement. In many companies, the planning for succession was one of several “annual events,” without much thought given that the process could be deployed to develop and/or retain talented employees. These days, good workers are often lured away to competing organizations, and companies without strong succession processes are left hangi

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    Image of Generating Buy-In

    Mastering the Language of Leadership

    by Mark S. Walton

    A former senior correspondent and anchorman at CNN, Mark Walton draws on his rich communications background to help leaders master the language of leadership with Generating Buy-In. Walton describes “buy-in” as getting understanding, commitment and action from others in support of a person, idea, proposal, product, service or organization. He explains that buy-in is the essential emotional ingredient needed for any collaborative effort to be successful. Generating Buy-In shows

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    Image of Life Matters

    Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, & Money

    by Rebecca R. Merrill, A Roger Merrill

    Everybody is concerned about work/life balance, but few understand that time and money are as important to life balance as work and family. Each area matters, and focusing on one without considering the others is ultimately unfulfilling, because they are so closely interrelated. It is possible that your expectations about work, family, time and money are unrealistic, and therefore you don’t see them properly. By examining your own experience, and seeking wisdom and inspiration, the Merrills writ

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    Image of Generations at Work

    Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace

    by Claire Raines, Ron Zemke, Bob Filipczak

    Four generations — Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters — are brought together in today’s workplace. This summary shows you how to overcome the clash of generations to create a cohesive, collaborative work environment.

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    Image of Small Business Turnaround

    Revitalize Your Struggling or Stagnant Enterprise

    by Marc Kramer

    What do you do when sales start lagging, key employees start leaving, and customers start bolting to the competition? Consultant Kramer offers a step-by-step manual for turning around your small business — from writing updated business, marketing and operating plans to cutting costs, boosting sales and getting vendors and creditors on your side.

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