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  • Image of Making Diversity Work
    Image of Making Diversity Work

    7 Steps for Defeating Bias in the Workplace

    by Sondra Thiederman

    Drawing from research and nearly 30 years of experience in the field, diversity expert Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D., provides executives and managers with step-by-step strategies for minimizing conscious and unconscious bias and maximizing the ability to manage diversity effectively.

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    Image of Well Said!

    Presentations and Conversations That Get Results

    by Darlene Price

    Face-to-face communication proficiency has become increasingly important in efforts to increase business. It has been said that information and technology alone do not sell — people do. In Well Said! Darlene Price presents field-tested techniques, guidelines and checklists to help you present yourself and your message with clarity, credibility and confidence. When you demonstrate effective presentation skills, decision makers are more inclined to listen, customers are more...

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    Image of The Pause Principle

    Step Back to Lead Forward

    by Kevin Cashman

    The constant barrage of information can overwhelm a person's decision-making ability. In The Pause Principle, Kevin Cashman makes the argument that today's leaders need to take the necessary time to deeply pause before acting. Leaders must make an effort to create vision, understanding, clarity and agility. Cashman describes the need to pause to grow personal leadership, develop others, and foster a culture of innovation. By following the pause practices Cashman describes, executives...

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    Image of Change-Friendly Leadership

    How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance

    by Rodger Dean Duncan

    Despite the good intentions of organizations and their leaders, most attempts at change do not succeed. Change practitioner Rodger Dean Duncan looks at the overlooked elements of successful change: humanness, approachability and friendliness. Duncan provides a framework to involve and motivate the individuals who will be most affected by the change effort. Learn how you can achieve successful change by implementing the Four Ts of change: Think-Friendly, Talk-Friendly, Trust-Friendly and Team...

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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

    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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    Image of The Toyota Way

    14 Management Principles From the World’s Greatest Manufacturer

    by Jeffrey Liker

    Toyota is the world’s most profitable automaker. Its “secret weapon” is lean production — the revolutionary approach to business processes that it invented in the 1950s. Today, businesses around the world are trying to emulate Toyota’s remarkable success by working to implement the company’s radical system for speeding up business and service processes, reducing waste, and improving quality. To help other companies learn to continually improve on what they do, Professor of Industrial and...

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    Image of Managers Not MBAs

    A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development

    by Henry Mintzberg

    According to Professor Henry Mintzberg, the current MBA system ensures that the wrong people will get educated in the wrong way with the wrong consequences. There is a better way. Mintzberg has designed a program, the International Masters in Practicing Management, that addresses many of the problems associated with traditional programs that profess to develop managers, but instead produce analysts ready to apply one-size-fits-all techniques no matter the context. By integrating reflective, anal

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