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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

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • Image of Management Wisdom From the New York Yankees’ Dynasty
    Image of Management Wisdom From the New York Yankees’ Dynasty

    What Every Manager Can Learn from a Legendary Team's 80-Year Winning Streak

    by Lance Berger

    Author Lance Berger is a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies and has served as a consultant to Major League Baseball. After looking deeply into the history of the Yankees’ organization, Berger discovered that many of the same principles that made the Yankees great were also driving the success of business clients. These core principles are based on leadership, processes and culture. In Management Wisdom From the New York Yankees’ Dynasty, Berger offers time-tested management

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  • Image of The Growth Gamble
    Image of The Growth Gamble

    When Leaders Should Bet Big on New Business, and how They Can Avoid Expensive Failures

    by Robert Park, Andrew Campbell

    Conventional business wisdom dictates that companies should focus their sights on growth. But growth is no certain thing, say the authors of The Growth Gamble. Not all companies are built for rapid growth: Their markets are unsteady or extremely competitive, their infrastructure is not sufficiently flexible, or they don’t have the quality or quantity of people to lend to the effort. For these companies, a slow or steady growth curve, over years or even decades, is the healthiest option.

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  • Image of The Enthusiastic Employee
    Image of The Enthusiastic Employee

    How Companies Profit by Giving Workers What They Want

    by Michael Irwin Meltzer, David Sirota, Louis Mischkind

    Enthusiastic employees outproduce and outperform employees who are not motivated to perform. In The Enthusiastic Employee, three employee management experts from Sirota Consulting offer 30 years of research and experience to show readers exactly what managers are doing wrong — and what they should do instead. Drawing on detailed case studies and employee attitude surveys from hundreds of companies, the authors describe a dollars-and-cents business case for high employee morale, and pres

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