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  • Image of What Really Works
    Image of What Really Works

    The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success

    by Bruce Roberson, William Joyce, Nitin Nohria

    What really works? Today’s managers realize all too painfully that many, many things matter in achieving business success, but few of them can tell you much more than what worked for them. The authors of What Really Works conducted a 10-year study that turned 50 academics and business consultants loose on dozens of companies, looking for the answer to that elusive mystery — What really works? From that study emerged the 4+2 Theory, which provides the correct combination of primary and s

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    Managing Your Company's Internal Labor Markets for Lasting Competitive Advantage

    by Dave Kieffer, Richard R. Guzzo, Jay Doherty, Haig R. Nalbantian

    According to Haig R. Nalbantian, Richard A Guzzo, Dave Kieffer and Jay Doherty, principals of Mercer Human Resource Consulting, a new, fact-based science of human capital management has emerged that is based on systems thinking, determining the correct facts about an organization, and focusing on value. With this new way of managing human capital, executives can use their human capital to its full advantage by aligning the human capital strategy with the business strategy and finally allowing st

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    Image of The Future of Competition

    Co-Creating Unique Value with Customers

    by CK Prahalad, Venkat Ramaswamy

    In a world of infinite choice, instant gratification, and unbounded opportunities for innovation, why, ask University of Michigan Business School professors C.K. Prahalad and Venkat Ramaswamy, are companies still unable to satisfy customers or sustain growth and profitability? The answer lies in the evolving role of the customer in the value creation process. No longer do customers receive value through the purchase of products and services alone. Instead, the authors explain, individual custome

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    Image of When Goliaths Clash

    Managing Executive Conflict to Build a More Dynamic Organization

    by Howard M. Guttman

    In When Goliath’s Clash, Howard M. Guttman, the principal of Guttman Development Strategies Inc., a management consulting firm, describes how unresolved conflict in organizations, especially at the highest level, can have dire consequences. These include low productivity, employees’ anger and hostility, increased costs, and increased absenteeism and turnover. He explains that it is important for leaders to realize that conflict handled properly can actually be a great asset to a company

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    Nanotechnology and the Big Changes Coming from the Inconceivabley Small

    by William Illsey Atkinson

    Since the beginning of the industrial age, many machines have grown steadily smaller even as they have grown more powerful and complex. Nanotechnology, based on a new science of the infinitesimally small, takes technology beyond most popular definitions of reality, to a realm of molecular machines, cell-sized computers and other astounding possibilities. In Nanocosm, technology consultant and writer William Illsey Atkinson reveals a spectacular view of the immediate future of nanotechno

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  • Image of Winning the Merger Endgame
    Image of Winning the Merger Endgame

    A Playbook for Profiting from Industry Consolidation

    by Stefan Zeisel, Graeme K. Deans, Dr. Fritz Kroeger

    After studying mergers in many industries through the 1990s, the authors of Winning the Merger Endgame, officers and consultants from A.T. Kearney, have discovered that all industries move through four stages of what they call the “Endgames Curve” toward inevitable consolidation. The path up the curve starts with the Opening Stage where industries begin and companies proliferate. In the Scale Stage companies acquire other companies as they realize that organic growth will not push them

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    Creating Authentic Teams for High Performance at Work

    by Danilo Sirias, Hank Karp, Connie Fuller

    Today’s workplaces are dominated by two generational groups: Baby Boomers and Generation Xers. The Boomers now hold top management and policy-making positions, while the younger Xers have just recently entered the world of work. Unfortunately, both groups view each other with suspicion. Boomers tend to believe the stereotype that Xers are slackers, loners, and self-absorbed. Xers think Boomers are incapable of adapting to technological and social change. Both stereotypes are false, and those who

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    An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing

    by Joseph Badaracco

    Every profession and walk of life has its great figures, leaders and heroes, people who are exalted for their achievements and treated as role models. Yet, in day-to-day life, we often find that the most effective leaders are rarely public heroes; they maintain a low profile, yet they do what is right (for themselves and their organizations) inconspicuously and without casualties. These are the "quiet leaders" Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr. studies and celebrates in his book. Through four years of res

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    Image of The Lost Art of the Great Speech

    How to Write One - How to Deliver It

    by Richard Dowis

    An in-depth, how-to guide on organizing, writing, and presenting a distinctive and potent speech. From an award-winning journalist and speech writer.

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