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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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    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
    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 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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