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  • Image of Confidence
    Image of Confidence

    How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

    by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

    Presidents, managers, coaches and even individuals have the power to choose how they deal with a loss, and whether they are going to allow it to be the beginning of a trend, or have the confidence to learn how to win next time. By studying winning and losing teams, companies and organizations, Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter has found the keys to confidence and the way to find it when it is lost. Confidence presents the new theory and practice of success, and expl

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    How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat Into a Cultural Phenomenon

    by Darren Rovell

    First in Thirst chronicles the rise of the sports-drink industry and the near-monopoly that Gatorade has built and maintained through savvy marketing and branding strategies. In this summary, business journalist Darren Rovell offers an inside look at the negotiations, battles, lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, product strategies, lucky breaks, and even the missteps that have attended Gatorade’s reign as the 800-pound gorilla of the sports-drink scene.

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    Image of Managing Customers as Investments

    The Strategic Value of Customers in the Long Run

    by Donald Lehmann, Sunil Gupta

    In Managing Customers as Investments, business professors Sunil Gupta and Donald R. Lehmann offer a set of tools that shows you the correlation between your customer assets and the value of your firm. They explain the triggers that drive this value, and how to better manage your customers and, as a result, your shareholders’ wealth. They unlock the metrics, show you where you are and where you’re going, and provide you with the tools and tips to make your customer-related efforts more e

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    Essential Insights into the Mind of the Market

    by Gerald (Jerry) Zaltman

    Why do 80 percent of new products despite the best efforts of market researchers -- through techniques such as focus groups and market surveys -- to predict what customers want. According to Harvard Business School marketing professor Gerald Zaltman, the reason for the failure of traditional market research methods is that they depend on customers consciously knowing what they want and what they will buy. However, customer behavior toward products and brands is often driven by the unconscious, r

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  • Image of Stronger in the Broken Places
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    Nine Lessons for Turning Crisis into Triumph

    by James Lee Witt, James Morgan

    As the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1993 until 2001, James Lee Witt witnessed some of the worst crises Mother Nature, chance and certain humans had to offer — earthquakes, floods, airline crashes, the Oklahoma City bombing, and more. Through it all, he not only drastically improved the reputation FEMA had among lawmakers and crisis victims and survivors alike (his leadership rescued the flagging agency), he also developed a strategy for managing crises — a customer-ce

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  • Image of The E-Commerce Arsenal
    Image of The E-Commerce Arsenal

    12 Technologies You Need to Prevail in the Digital Arena

    by Alexis D. Gutzman

    Gutzman has put together a tool box containing the 12 must-have technologies you need to master to establish a successful company website.

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  • Image of Sales Management
    Image of Sales Management

    by Robert J. Calvin

    This summary offers a primer on creating and managing today’s sales force. Calvin covers everything from hiring and training to structure your sales force according to your company’s channel needs.

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    How to Create Word of Mouth Marketing

    by Emanuel Rosen

    Companies are discovering the power of word-of-mouth marketing in an era of skeptical consumers unimpressed by traditional marketing techniques. Here’s how to make word of mouth marketing work for your product.

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