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21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
John C. Maxwell
0785274316
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Review
John C. Maxwell offers lively stories about the foibles and successes of Lee Iacocca, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, and Elizabeth Dole in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Readers can expect a well-crafted discussion that emphasizes the core attitudes and visions of leadership. Maxwell uses the same tell-it-like-it-is approach that he honed in the bestselling Developing the Leader Within You. For instance, when explaining "The Law of Influence," Maxwell states that "job titles don't have much value when it comes to leading. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed or assigned. It comes only from influence and that can't be mandated." Even after Princess Diana was stripped of her title, Maxwell says she was still able to lead a global effort toward banning land mines because of her sophisticated ability...


The Toyota Way: Fourteen Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
Jeffrey Liker
0071392319
January 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
How to speed up business processes, improve quality, and cut costs in any industry In factories around the world, Toyota consistently makes the highest-quality cars with the fewest defects of any competing manufacturer, while using fewer man-hours, less on-hand inventory, and half the floor space of its competitors. The Toyota Way is the first book for a general audience that explains the management principles and business philosophy behind Toyota's worldwide reputation for quality and reliability. Complete with profiles of organizations that have successfully adopted Toyota's principles, this book shows managers in every industry how to improve business processes by: Eliminating wasted time and resources Building quality into workplace systems Finding low-cost but reliable alternatives to expensive new...


Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
William Bridges
0738208248
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Text explains in detail how successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for, and a part to play in that change. Updated and expanded edition provides step-by-step strategies for reaching this goal and minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. Previous edition: c1991. Softcover.

Book Info
Text explains in detail how successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for, and a part to play in that change. Updated and expanded edition provides step-by-step strategies for reaching this goal and minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. Previous edition: c1991. Softcover.

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The Practice of Management
Peter F. Drucker
0887306136
January 1993
Paperback
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-- Wall Street Journal
"The dean of this country's business and management philosophers."

-- Tom Peters
"Our debt to Peter Drucker knows no limit."

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Lean Thinking : Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, Revised and Updated
James P. Womack, et al
0743249275
June 10, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
In the revised and updated edition of Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation, authors James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones provide a thoughtful expansion upon their value-based business system based on the Toyota model. Along the way they update their action plan in light of new research and the increasing globalization of manufacturing, and they revisit some of their key case studies (most of which still derive, however, from the automotive, aerospace, and other manufacturing industries).

The core of the lean model remains the same in the new edition. All businesses must define the "value" that they produce as the product that best suits customer needs. The leaders must then identify and clarify the "value stream," the nexus of actions to bring the product through problems solving, information...



What the CEO Wants You to Know
RAM Charan
0609608398
Feb 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
Ram Charan learned about business from his family's shoe shop in India before attending Harvard Business School and going on to advise senior executives in companies large and small. His experiences taught him that universal laws apply "whether you sell fruit from a stand or are running a Fortune 500 company," and that the business acumen that comes from understanding these basics can be applied throughout any operation. What the CEO Wants You to Know is Charan's primer on this point, which he illustrates with explanations filtered through the eyes of street venders and other small shopkeepers. One, for example, involves a woman in Managua, Nicaragua, who sells clothing from a small cart and beats the oppressive interest rates on her loans and the puny profit margins on her goods with a skillfully selected inventory that is...


The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John C. Maxwell
0785264051
Oct 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
John C. Maxwell offers lively stories about the foibles and successes of Lee Iacocca, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, and Elizabeth Dole in The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Readers can expect a well-crafted discussion that emphasizes the core attitudes and visions of leadership. Maxwell uses the same tell-it-like-it-is approach that he honed in the bestselling Developing the Leader Within You. For instance, when explaining "The Law of Influence," Maxwell states that "job titles don't have much value when it comes to leading. True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed or assigned. It comes only from influence and that can't be mandated." Even after Princess Diana was stripped of her title, Maxwell says she was still able to lead a global effort toward banning land mines because of her sophisticated ability...


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
James C. Collins
0060516402
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
This analysis of what makes great companies great has been hailed everywhere as an instant classic and one of the best business titles since In Search of Excellence. The authors, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras, spent six years in research, and they freely admit that their own preconceptions about business success were devastated by their actual findings--along with the preconceptions of virtually everyone else.

Built to Last identifies 18 "visionary" companies and sets out to determine what's special about them. To get on the list, a company had to be world famous, have a stellar brand image, and be at least 50 years old. We're talking about companies that even a layperson knows to be, well, different: the Disneys, the Wal-Marts, the Mercks.

Whatever the key to the success of these companies, the key...



Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step by Step
Carl Chatfield, et al
0735619557
September 24, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Learn how to develop a project plan with tasks, resources, and assignments; create reports; manage multiple projects and dependencies; and track progress and costs while making real-time adjustments.

About the Author
Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson are the authors of Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step and Microsoft Project Version 2002 Step by Step, both from Microsoft Press. Carl is the UA Manager for Project at Microsoft. Carl is a certified Project Management Professional with extensive knowledge of Microsoft Project as well as specific usability issues. Timothy is a technical editor with the Microsoft Project UA group, and he previously worked as a Project support professional for six years. He possesses in-depth technical knowledge about the software.


The New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results
Marianne Broadbent, Ellen Kitzis
1591395771
December 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
As information technology becomes increasingly essential within organizations, the reputation and role of the CIO has been diminishing To regain credibility and avoid obscurity, CIOs must take on a larger, more strategic role. Here is a blueprint for doing exactly that. This book shows how CIOs can bridge the gap between IT and the rest of the organization and finally make IT a strategic advantage rather than a cost sink.

About the Author
Marianne Broadbent is associate dean at Melbourne Business School (MBS) and a Gartner Fellow with Gartner, Inc., and coauthor of Leveraging the New Infrastructure (HBS Press, 1998).


Construction Management Jumpstart
Barbara J. Jackson
0782143369
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Launch Your Construction Management Career--Quickly and Effectively
Written by an experienced construction management specialist, Construction Management JumpStart provides all the core information you need, whether you're considering a new career or expanding your responsibilities:
* Understanding the functions of construction management
* Understanding the design and construction process
* Working with contracts documents
* Estimating project costs
* Administering contracts
* Managing the job site
* Creating and maintaining a project schedule
* Measuring project performance
* Controlling quality
* Ensuring project safety

From the Back Cover
Launch Your Construction Management...


The Heart of a Leader
Kenneth H. Blanchard
1562924885
Jan 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ken Blanchard helps readers discover the art of influence through the greatest life and leadership lessons he learned as an educator and business leader.


Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
William McDonough
0865475873
April 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Paper or plastic? Neither, say William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Why settle for the least harmful alternative when we could have something that is better--say, edible grocery bags! In Cradle to Cradle, the authors present a manifesto calling for a new industrial revolution, one that would render both traditional manufacturing and traditional environmentalism obsolete. Recycling, for instance, is actually "downcycling," creating hybrids of biological and technical "nutrients" which are then unrecoverable and unusable. The authors, an architect and a chemist, want to eliminate the concept of waste altogether, while preserving commerce and allowing for human nature. They offer several compelling examples of corporations that are not just doing less harm--they're actually doing some good for the environment and their...


The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action
Robert S. Kaplan, David P. Norton
0875846513
September 1996
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As running a corporate?or government or not-for-profit?enterprise becomes increasingly complicated, more sophisticated approaches are needed to implement strategy and measure performance. Purely financial evaluations of performance, for example, no longer suffice in a world where intangible assets?relationships and capabilities?increasingly determine the prospects for success. Kaplan, a Harvard Business School professor of accounting, and Norton, president of Renaissance Solutions, make a key contribution by describing and illustrating the balanced scorecard, a multidimensional approach to measuring corporate performance that incorporates both financial and non-financial factors. The concept of a balanced scorecard originated in a study group of 12 companies that met throughout 1990; since then, the authors have...


Topgrading (Revised PHP Edition)
Bradford D. Smart
1591840813
Apr 2005
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
The key to building a superior company, an increasing number of observers now agree, is the ongoing ability to recruit and retain superior personnel. In Topgrading, industrial psychologist and global consultant Bradford Smart expands upon this idea by examining in great detail exactly how today's premier organizations have assembled such top-level employees, and then showing precisely how others can do it, too. "Simply put, topgrading is the practice of packing the team with A players and clearing out the C players," Smart writes. "'A players' is defined as the top 10 percent of talent available at all salary levels--best of class. With this radical definition, you are not a topgrader until your team consists of all A players. Period." Essentially a best-practices manual for developing this outstanding personnel pool,...


Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn
Gail Evans
076790463X
September 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The fact that there are few women occupying top-level positions in corporate America has, for a long time, been blamed on a ubiquitous "glass ceiling." But according to Gail Evans, this is a tired myth implying a woman is a "person-who's-done-to instead of a person-who's-doing." In Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, CNN's ebullient--and successful--executive vice president puts forth a new thesis: women are not in star positions because they haven't yet learned how to play the game.

The game of business is played on a field where males have been comfortable since they were very young, says Evans. It's a game where winning is the obvious (and only) objective and where aggression, self-promotion, a tough skin, and an effective display of power are the signs of a winner. Women, on the other hand, enter the game...



Profitable Growth Is Everyone's Business
RAM Charan
1400051525
Jan 2004
Hardcover
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From AudioFile
An international business consultant offers a welcome antidote to the corporate compulsion of cost-cutting as a primary tool for increasing profit every quarter. Reducing costs is fine, he says, but unless companies have a deliberate and detailed strategy to grow, they don't keep making cash. They will shrink, lose momentum, and betray talented employees who depend on growth for advancement opportunities. The author's concise ideas on how to look for growth in current and potential markets are based on a solid customer focus and open communication practices. Though the range of topics is ambitious and the flow fragmented at times, by the program's end there is more than enough coherent substance to chew on. T.W. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text...


The Toyota Way Fieldbook
Jeffrey Liker, David Meier
0071448934
September 28, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The Toyota Way Fieldbook is a companion to the international bestseller The Toyota Way. The Toyota Way Fieldbook builds on the philosophical aspects of Toyota's operating systems by detailing the concepts and providing practical examples for application that leaders need to bring Toyota's success-proven practices to life in any organization. The Toyota Way Fieldbook will help other companies learn from Toyota and develop systems that fit their unique cultures. The book begins with a review of the principles of the Toyota Way through the 4Ps model-Philosophy, Processes, People and Partners, and Problem Solving. Readers looking to learn from Toyota's lean systems will be provided with the inside knowledge they need to Define the companies purpose and develop a long-term philosophy Create value streams with...


Broken Windows, Broken Business: How the Smallest Remedies Reap the Biggest Rewards
Michael Levine
0446576786
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Law-and-order criminology inspires this dour, hectoring treatise on the importance of sweating the small stuff in business. PR executive Levine, author of Guerrilla P.R., combines his professional concern for detailed image control with James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling's theory that minor signs of disorder foster a climate of insecurity that causes decent folk to flee. He contends that a company's metaphorical "broken windows"—a confusing Web site, messy restrooms, peeling paint, nagging inconsistencies like "when the waiter at a Chinese restaurant is named Billy Bob"—signal an indifference to consumer satisfaction that repels customers. His remedies are fairly routine: deploy mystery shoppers to ferret out shortcomings, remember that first impressions are lasting, strive to "exceed...


The Leadership Pipeline
James Noel
0787951722
Jan 2001
Hardcover
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Book Review
For every organization that's ever reached beyond its own borders for top leadership only to have those high-profile, high-salary top leaders bungle and exit as abruptly as they appeared, this smart, substantive, and clear-eyed book is a godsend.

Written by three genuine experts in management development (one of them helped design GE's deservedly famous succession-development process), The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company finally shows organizations how to undo the knots and clogs in their in-house "leadership pipeline" so they can constantly groom the best people at every level to move up to the next rung of leadership. Not only do the authors identify the six transition phases, or "turns," of the pipeline--from self-manager (individual worker), first-line manager, and managers' manager...



Hardball: Are You Playing to Play or Playing to Win
George Stalk
1591391679
October 2004
Hardcover
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The Wall Street Journal, 15 October, 2004
"...an intelligent and textured primer..."

The Economist, August 26, 2004
"Hardball is already causing a stir."

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The Lean Manufacturing Pocket Handbook
Kenneth Dailey
0974722103
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Speak the Language - Understand the Concepts - Know the Techniques "The Lean Manufacturing Pocket Handbook" is intended as a reference guide covering the terms, concepts and techniques involved in Lean Manufacturing. It is written in an easy to understand fashion making it useful to both the seasoned Professional and the Novice. Paper Back - .166" x 3 ¾" x 5 ½" - 44 Pages - 27 Visuals - 34 Definitions - 16 Examples

About the Author
Kenneth Dailey is a degreed Industrial Engineer with twenty years of manufacturing experience in fields as diverse as Circuit Cards, Electromechanical Assemblies, Machine Shops and Sheet Metal Fabrication. He has a straight forward, common language writing style that makes his writings useful to a wide spectrum of readers.


The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools and Management Techniques of the World's Top Strategic Consulting Firm
Ethan M. Rasiel
0071374299
January 2002
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
The groundbreaking follow-up to the international bestseller a hands-on guide to putting McKinsey techniques to work in your organization McKinsey The McKinsey Mind . While the first book used case studies and anecdotes from former and current McKinseyites to describe how "the firm" solves the thorniest business problems of their A-list clients, The McKinsey Mind goes a giant step further. It explains, step-by-step, how to use McKinsey tools, techniques and strategies to solve an array of core business problems and to make any business venture more successful. Designed to work as a stand-alone guide or together with The McKinsey Way , The McKinsey Mind follows the same critically acclaimed style and format as its predecessor. In this book authors Rasiel and Friga expand upon the lessons found in The McKinsey...


The Tycoons
Charles R. Morris
0805075992
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
During the 40 years following the end of the Civil War, American per capita production and consumption grew rapidly, the population soared and the U.S. economy surged past Great Britain's-a radical transformation that Morris (Money, Greed, and Risk) chronicles through the lives of four protagonists: steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, oil king John D. Rockefeller, stock market and railroad wizard Jay Gould and financier J.P. Morgan. More an economic argument than an exposition of history or biography, Morris' volume analyzes long-term historical trends and their influence on modern affairs. The result is a fascinating revisionist interpretation in which Gould and Rockefeller come off better than conventional wisdom suggests, and Carnegie and Morgan worse. Readers without a strong grounding in economics may be...


Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)
Ken Schwaber
073561993X
March 10, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Apply the principles of Scrum, one of the most popular agile programming methods, to software project management—and focus your team on delivering real business value. Author Ken Schwaber, a leader in the agile process movement and a co-creator of Scrum, brings his vast expertise to helping you guide the product and software development process more effectively and efficiently. Help eliminate the ambiguity into which so many software projects are borne, where vision and planning documents are essentially thrown over the wall to developers. This high-level reference describes how to use Scrum to manage complex technology projects in detail, combining expert insights with examples and case studies based on Scrum. Emphasizing practice over theory, this book explores every aspect of using Scrum, focusing on driving...

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