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  • Image of Hot, Flat, and Crowded
    Image of Hot, Flat, and Crowded

    Why We Need a Green Revolution - And How It Can Renew America

    by Thomas Friedman

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    The world has a problem. It is getting hot, flat, and crowded. That is, global warming, the stunning rise of the middle class all over the world, and rapid population growth have converged in a way that could make our planet dangerously unstable. In just a few years it will be too late to fix things –– unless the United States steps up and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean ...

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  • Image of The Brand Bubble
    Image of The Brand Bubble

    The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It

    by John Gerzema, Edward Lebar

    The number of high-performance, value-creating brands is diminishing across the board. Yet at the same time, the financial markets keep raising brand valuations. The result: a brand bubble that could erase large portions of corporate intangible value and send another shockwave through the global economy.

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  • Image of Great Business Teams
    Image of Great Business Teams

    Cracking the Code for Standout Performance

    by Howard M. Guttman

    Renowned business consultant Howard M. Guttman takes you inside some of the word’s most successful corporations to discover how a powerful new high-performance horizontal model has changed the way leaders lead, team members function, challenges are met, and decisions are made.

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  • Image of The Extraordinary Leader
    Image of The Extraordinary Leader

    Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders

    by Joseph R. Folkman, John H. Zenger

    For too long, the subject of effective leadership has been shrouded in fog and ambiguity. This summary removes the shroud to reveal leadership as a skill, one that can be consciously learned and developed by anyone. It identifies the competencies necessary for effective leadership by analyzing the responses of tens of thousands of work force members as they describe, in effect, "What makes a great leader?" Two of today's pre-eminent leadership experts analyze the answers and provide a

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  • Image of Straight to the Bottom Line
    Image of Straight to the Bottom Line

    An Executive's Roadmap to World Class Supply Management

    by Robert A. Rudzki, Shelley Stewart Jr., Douglas A. Smock, Michael Katzorke

    First, procurement moved from a simple negotiation practice to a strategic interface with external resources. Next, it moved from simple procurement to supply chain management Straight to the Bottom Line highlights these new, valuable perspectives and enables senior corporate executives to turn the enormous top-line and bottom-line potential of supply chain and procurement into reality. By following the straightforward principles of Straight to the Bottom Line, senior corporate

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  • Image of Freakonomics
    Image of Freakonomics

    A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    by Steven Levitt, Stephen Dubner

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    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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