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  • Image of Who Really Matters
    Image of Who Really Matters

    The Core Group Theory of Power, Priviledge, and Success

    by Art Kleiner

    While Enron, Tyco and others have given the concept of the Core Group a bad name, bestselling author Art Kleiner explains in Who Really Matters that companies need Core Groups to supply the energy and direction they require to be successful. By observing the Core Group’s members’ day-to-day activities, communications and management decisions, Kleiner argues that the astute employee can recognize decisions before they are made, and can be ready to react to change. Eventually, if that per

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    Image of Off the Cuff

    What to Say at a Moment's Notice

    by Anne Cooper Ready

    To help readers build up their confidence when asked to just “say a few words,” writer and communications coach Anne Cooper Ready offers them a useful combination of encouragement and preparation to face impromptu speaking in Off the Cuff. In an easy-to-reference guidebook that helps readers put words together that motivate, direct, entertain, and get a point across, Ready teaches both the basic and advanced skills that are needed to solve communication challenges ranging from apologies

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  • Image of The Underdog Advantage
    Image of The Underdog Advantage

    Using the Power of Insurgent Strategy to Put Your Business on Top

    by David Morey, Scott Miller

    The Underdog Advantage is about a set of principles that have been proven to win and to build a winning attitude, character and culture in the most difficult circumstances. These are principles that can drive your business, marketing and communication strategies and transform your company. And they can transform your career. Established and refined over centuries of military and political experience, these principles have worked on the battlefield and at the ballot box, and strategy con

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    Image of Voice Power

    Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention

    by Renee Grant-Williams

    While everyone has a voice, not every voice is one that gets attention — a personal weakness often overlooked. The concept of “dressing for success” — creating the right appearance — is second nature by now. However, most people are unaware that their voices account for one-third of the total impression they make on others (the other factors are appearance and message). In this summary, Renee Grant-Williams, who has worked with U.S. senators, business executives and sales professionals, as well

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  • Image of How Organizations Work
    Image of How Organizations Work

    Taking a Holistic Approach to Enterprise Health

    by Alan P. Brache

    Organizations are like humans. Each organ, muscle, bone, and nerve plays a unique part within the whole. A strong contribution from one component can’t make up for deficiencies in others, and understanding each component doesn’t explain the health of the whole person. Body functions are integrated and their interactions are as important as their individual roles. So are the different functions in an organization. This summary shows you how to take a holistic approach to organizational wellness b

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  • Image of First Among Equals
    Image of First Among Equals

    How to Manage a Group of Professionals

    by David H. Maister, Patrick J. McKenna

    Managing people is difficult, particularly when you are tasked with leading a group of confident, intelligent professionals — often used to working with a certain amount of autonomy — to accomplish some task or essential goal. Group leaders must be skilled not only in management basics (delegation, decision-making, running meetings, and so forth), but also in the “softer” skills of inspirational leadership practices. Crammed with concrete advice and practical applications and examples, ...

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  • Image of The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership
    Image of The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership

    by Steven B. Sample

    Steven Sample, president of the University of Southern California (USC), has the leadership skills that have helped the school to receive international recognition as a successfully growing organization. In his book, Sample has compiled the skills and tactics required by leaders who want to improve their organizations and their ability to lead. His unconventional approach to leadership offers a plethora of new ideas about making better decisions, using time wisely, picking top staffers, reading

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    Image of Slack

    Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency

    by Tom DeMarco

    If you think that getting your employees to rapidly move between tasks is making your organization more effective and productive, think again. Efficiency expert Tom DeMarco challenges many of the most popular management theories by demonstrating how they are inappropriate for today’s knowledge-worker-based economy. In Slack, he shows companies how constant overtime and aggressive schedules work against their effectiveness and their ability to compete in the global marketplace. For organ

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  • Image of Generations at Work
    Image of Generations at Work

    Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in Your Workplace

    by Claire Raines, Ron Zemke, Bob Filipczak

    Four generations — Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters — are brought together in today’s workplace. This summary shows you how to overcome the clash of generations to create a cohesive, collaborative work environment.

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