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  • Image of Manager Redefined
    Image of Manager Redefined

    The Competitive Advantage in the Middle of Your Organization

    by Thomas H. Davenport

    In Manager Redefined, Tom Davenport and Stephen Harding explains that managers must build human capital and create employee engagement by managing them almost not at all. The authors view supervisors and managers as centers of insight and influence, underappreciated in many organizations, but endowed nevertheless with the potential to make dramatic contributions to enterprise success. They urge companies to think of their managers as potential sources of competitive advantage.

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    and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs

    by Andy Kessler

    The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game — but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? In this summary, Andy Kessler explains how the world's greatest entrepreneurs don't just start successful companies — they overturn entire industries, and he offers twelve surprising and controversial rules for these radical...

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    10 Bold Steps that Define Gutsy Leaders

    by Robert J. Herbold

    Why do managers at all levels sacrifice corporate success by shying away from making the tough decisions? This executive book summary of What's Holding You Back? explores exactly why managers often hesitate to confront difficult issues and reveals the ten core principles of confident leadership, outlining proven tactics by which managers can confront their inner wimp and highlight their inner courage.

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    A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

    by Josh Linkner

    We live in an era when business cycles are measured in months, not years. The only way to sustain long term innovation and growth is through creativity — at all levels of an organization. This executive book summary of Disciplined Dreaming shows you how to create profitable new ideas, empower all your employees to be creative, and sustain your competitive advantage over the long term. Josh Linkner distills his years of experience into a 5-step process that will make creativity...

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  • Image of The Power of Impossible Thinking
    Image of The Power of Impossible Thinking

    Transform the Business of Your Life and the Life of Your Business

    by Yoram (Jerry) Wind, Colin Crook

    The ability to see the world differently can create significant opportunities, as companies such as Southwest Airlines, FedEx, Charles Schwab and others have demonstrated. But even successful models can ultimately become a prison if they limit your ability to make sense of a changing world, in the way that major airlines failed to fully recognize the threat of upstarts such as Ryanair or that music companies failed to see the opportunities and threats of music file sharing.

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    Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage

    by Nicholas Carr

    In a May 2003 article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “IT Doesn’t Matter,” Nicholas G. Carr introduced the idea that information technology (IT) does not provide a competitive advantage to companies in a strategic manner. In Does IT Matter?, Carr argues that IT has become a commodity, and because the very nature of strategy requires differentiation, IT cannot possibly qualify. IT can be used to supplement and improve strategy implementation, but it is not the foundation of a com

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    The True Forces That Drive the Digital Marketplace

    by Stan Liebowitz

    Economist Liebowitz explains why the dot.com bust was inevitable, despite the declarations of many people — from respected academics and risk-conscious venture capitalists to stock brokers and investors — who should have known better. The theme of this summary, however, is not, “I told you so!” but rather “Here’s what will work.” The Internet does offer many incredible business opportunities, Liebowitz writes, as long as businesspeople and their advisors don’t ignore the traditional, fundamental

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    The Five Keys to Developing GREAT New Products

    by Richard R. Reilly, Gary S. Lynn

    All companies, no matter what size or in what industry, need to generate innovative new products and services if they are to succeed. One innovative product can alter the future of a single company, lead to entirely new families of products, and may even usher in a whole new industry. In Blockbusters, Lynn and Reilly share the results of their exhaustive study of highly successful new product development teams. The study, as shown in detail in this summary, reveals the five critical pra

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    One American in Ten Tells the Other Nine How to Vote, Where to Eat, and What to Buy

    by Ed Keller, Jon Berry

    This groundbreaking book by two consultants from the RoperASW marketing firm identifies the real people around whom marketing strategies, such as word of mouth, revolve. Who are these real people? They are the most influential Americans — the ones who tell their neighbors what to buy, which politician to support and where to vacation. They aren’t necessarily who you expect. They aren’t the richest 10 percent or the best educated 10 percent. They aren’t the early adopters who are always the first

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