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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

    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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    A Practical Guide to International Business Communication

    by Penny Carte, Chris Fox

    Bridging the Culture Gap is based on the real-life business situations of the authors’ many international clients. Featuring numerous case studies, cultural preference scales and practical tips, this summary helps those of any nationality to become better communicators. Whether you are planning to give a presentation to a cross-cultural group or about to negotiate with an overseas client, the advice of international training experts Penny Carté and Chris Fox can help you ensure that you

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    Image of The Prime Solution

    Close the Value Gap, Increase Margins, and Win the Complex Sale

    by Jeff Thull

    According to sales expert Jeff Thull, to succeed in value creation, you must have technical expertise in service and support, you must know how to sell your wares to needy customers, and you must be able to position your company as a “sole source” to customers over time. These are the essential tenets of The Prime Solution: a detailed explanation of how businesses can close the value gap that separates the value that is promised to customers from the actual value achieved.

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  • Image of The 8th Habit
    Image of The 8th Habit

    From Effectiveness to Greatness

    by Stephen R. Covey

    For individuals and organizations, excellence is no longer merely an option — survival requires it. But to thrive, excel and lead in our Knowledge Worker Age, we must move beyond effectiveness to greatness. Leadership guru Stephen Covey writes that accessing a higher level of human genius and motivation requires a sea change in thinking: a new mind-set and skill set — in short, an additional habit to those featured in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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