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  • Image of Freakonomics
    Image of Freakonomics

    A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    by Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner

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    Freakonomics offers readers the hidden facts buried within the stories they live and see dramatized every day, along with the numbers and statistics that can help them draw sense from the chaos. By justifying the use of strange questions to get at the heart of the matter, the authors show how economists turn collections of facts into unusual theories and then prove them by applying critical analysis.

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  • Image of Nobodies to Somebodies
    Image of Nobodies to Somebodies

    How 100 Great Careers Got Their Start

    by Peter Han

    Nobodies to Somebodies explores how many successful people found their true callings in a wide range of fields, and went from Nobodies to Somebodies. Based on interviews with 100 highly accomplished leaders — actors, CEOs, senators, scientists and others — this summary describes the early paths they traveled, the hard choices they made, and the lessons they learned along the way. Describing many extremely diverse career paths, it explores common themes and lessons that can help anyone e

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  • Image of Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars
    Image of Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

    A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors

    by Patrick Lencioni

    In Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, bestselling author and acclaimed management expert Patrick Lencioni presents a dynamic leadership fable that reveals how organizations can overcome the “silos” that divide work units and paralyze performance. Lencioni also offers solutions to a key leadership issue — the impact of turf wars and political infighting on organizational effectiveness. Written in the form of a realistic but fictional story, this summary tackles a tough business issue in bot

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  • Image of Loyalty Myths
    Image of Loyalty Myths

    Hyped Strategies That Will Put You Out of Business and Proven Tactics That Really Work

    by Lerzan Aksoy, Henri Wallard, Terry Vavra, Timothy Keiningham

    Thousands of books and even more articles have been written about customer loyalty and everyone agrees that it is vital. But are they right? In Loyalty Myths, renowned authors from one of the world’s premier business research firms reveal the ugly truth about customer loyalty — almost everything you’ve been told about it is wrong! To set things straight, the authors critique 53 of the most common beliefs about customer loyalty and debunk them fully with hard science and even harder data

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  • Image of Bag the Elephant!
    Image of Bag the Elephant!

    How to Win and Keep Big Customers

    by Steve Kaplan

    If you are the owner of a small or medium-sized business, Bag the Elephant! will show you how to find the big company (or “Elephant”) that is right for your business and business needs, navigate your way through huge companies, identify and secure internal champions, build strong alliances, and position your selling approach for maximum effectiveness. Are you afraid that your company’s culture won’t be a good match for an Elephant’s culture? Business expert Steve Kaplan explains how to align the

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  • Image of The 360 Degree Leader
    Image of The 360 Degree Leader

    Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization

    by John C. Maxwell

    According to leadership expert John Maxwell, you can learn to develop your influence from wherever you are in the organization by becoming a 360-degree leader. You can learn to lead up, lead across and lead down. He writes that only 360-degree leaders influence people at every level of the organization, and by helping others, they help themselves. In The 360 Degree Leader, Maxwell explains that becoming a 360-degree leader is within the reach of anyone who possesses average or better...

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  • Image of Convergence Marketing
    Image of Convergence Marketing

    Strategies for Reaching the New Hybrid Consumer

    by Jerry Wind, Vijay Mahajan

    During the advent of the Internet, marketers thought of consumers in terms of those who shopped in the non-virtual marketplace (traditional consumers) and those who shopped online (cyberconsumers). In reality, neither extreme truly reflected the habits of tech-savvy consumers. This new audience took on the hybrid qualities of the centaurs of Greek myth (half man, half beast) as they shuttled between online and offline storefronts and information centers, according to their needs. The companies b

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  • Image of Creating and Dominating New Markets
    Image of Creating and Dominating New Markets

    by Peter Meyer

    New markets (markets that did not exist before you created them) areexciting, profitable and forgiving. They provide the thrill of creatingsomething no one has done before. They also lack the competitive pressure that reduces prices in mature markets. You do not find new markets. You create them by finding the solution to a problem that people want resolved. In other words, a new market exists at the convergence of a high level of perceived need with a solution that didnot previously exist. In t

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