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  • Image of Blueprint to a Billion
    Image of Blueprint to a Billion

    The 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth

    by David G. Thomson

    Microsoft, Google and eBay did it. And in David G. Thomson’s Blueprint to a Billion, he will tell you how to turn billion-dollar ideas into billion-dollar businesses. Based on three years of in-depth research, Thomson provides an assessment of the success pattern common across a distinct group of 387 “Blueprint Companies” that went from an initial public offering since 1980 and achieved $1 billion in revenue. Rather than focusing on one unique company, Thomson focuses on a quantifiable,

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    Image of The Well-Timed Strategy

    Managing the Business Cycle for Competitive Advantage

    by Peter Navarro

    It’s not enough to understand the business cycle and the industry cycle. In The Well-Timed Strategy, Peter Navarro discusses today’s unprecedented level of macroeconomic turbulence – from oil price hikes to drought and disease. Whether an executive, a strategist or an investor, Navarro provides the tools to align every facet of business strategy, tactics and operations to reflect changing business conditions. Keeping in mind finance, supply chains, production, marketing, HR and more, th

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    Image of Proactive Risk Management

    Controlling Uncertainty in Product Development

    by Guy M. Merritt, Preston G. Smith

    Proactive Risk Management offers product development teams a plan with which they can enhance their management of project risks by identifying risks early and managing them to diminish disruption throughout the project. Using a practical, easy-to-use, fact-based approach, it will help developers manage all the risks associated with a project. Although this process is tailored to commercial product development, it is applicable to many other types of projects with some adaptation.

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    Image of Why Decisions Fail

    Avoiding the Blunders and Traps That Lead to Debacles

    by Paul C. Nutt

    For more than 20 years, Ohio State University Professor Paul C. Nutt has studied how decisions are made and has written extensively about what works, what doesn’t and why. His key finding in all this work is startling: Decisions fail half of the time. Organizations spend vast sums of money and commit significant amounts of resources without realizing any benefits. Nutt writes that failures can be traced to three blunders and seven traps that ensnare decision makers; avoiding these blunders and t

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  • Image of The Heart of Change
    Image of The Heart of Change

    Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations

    by John P. Kotter, Dan S. Cohen

    While most companies believe change happens by making people think differently, that isn’t the case. Instead, according to John Kotter and Dan Cohen, change happens when you make people feel differently. You have to appeal more to the heart than the mind. The authors offer a new dynamic — the “see-feel-change” dynamic that fuels action by showing people potent reasons for change that spark their emotions. Built around the eight steps of change first introduced in Kotter’s bestseller...

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    Image of The Solutions Focus

    Making Coaching and Change Simple

    by Mark McKergow, Paul Z. Jackson

    Businesses waste precious time and energies attempting to solve problems. Organizations that adopt the Solutions Focus, write Jackson and McKergow, can do a better job of moving the workforce toward the best possible future and away from the finger pointing and blame game of the problem approach. The key is to focus on solutions not problems, the future not the past, and what to do as opposed to who to blame. In other words, instead of fixing problems, find what works and do more of it. A method

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    Image of Primal Leadership

    Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence

    by Annie McKee, Richard Boyatzis, Daniel Goleman

    Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain why they are so effective, we speak of strategy, vision, or powerful ideas. But the reality is much more primal, according to Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee: Great leadership works through the emotions. The authors, experts in the concept of emotional intelligence (EI), describe what managers and executives must do to become emotionally intelligent leaders ‘using EI competencies such as empathy...

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