List of 47 Worthwhile Managements Books to Read

List of 47 Worthwhile Managements Books to Read

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Title: Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships


What do your people at work and your spouse and kids at home have in common with a five-ton killer whale? Probably a whole lot more than you think, according to top business consultant and mega-bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors from SeaWorld. In this moving and inspirational new book, Blanchard explains that both whales and people perform better when you accentuate the positive. He shows how using the techniques of animal trainers -- specifically those responsible for the killer whales of SeaWorld -- can supercharge your effectiveness at work and at home.

When gruff business manager and family man Wes Kingsley visited SeaWorld, he marveled at the ability of the trainers to get these huge killer whales, among the most feared predators in the ocean, to perform amazing acrobatic leaps and dives. Later, talking to the chief trainer, he learned their techniques of building trust, accentuating the positive, and redirecting negative behavior -- all of which make these extraordinary performances possible. Kingsley took a hard look at his own often accusatory management style and recognized how some of his shortcomings as a manager, spouse, and father actually diminish trust and damage relationships. He began to see the difference between "GOTcha" (catching people doing things wrong) and "Whale Done!" (catching people doing things right).

In Whale Done!, Ken Blanchard shows how to make accentuating the positive and redirecting the negative the best tools to increase productivity, instead of creating situations that demoralize people. These techniques are remarkably easy to master and can be applied equally well at home, allowing readers to become better parents and more committed spouses in their happier and more successful personal lives.

Author(s): Kenneth H. Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780743235389
Pages: 128
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Title: The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today

<p>Now can you become a more successful manager, a stronger team leader, and a motivator who gets the best results from a group? Ken Blanchard and Marc Muchnick's <i>The Leadership Pill</i> provides the answer. In the bestselling tradition of <i>Whale Done!</i> and <i>The One Minute Manager,</i> their entertaining and inspiring new book is a parable about the competition between two leaders with totally different management styles — a story that reveals the ingredients of truly effective leadership.</p> <p>Consider this tantalizing possibility: What if there were a pill that could actually stimulate the natural powers of the mind and body to provide leadership? In the story, an amazing new pill heightens one leader's powers, but contains the wrong ingredients, stimulating him in an obsessive and shortsighted direction with disastrous results. In contrast, the Effective Leader, working without a pill, proclaims that "only through sustainability can our teams remain motivated and successful." An inspiring and supportive leader, he supplies the right ingredients, earning his team's respect and trust with a blend of integrity, partnership, and affirmation. The hard-won result is a highly motivated team producing consistent top performance and genuine success. Ultimately it is recognized that "leadership for a lifetime" is much easier to digest than a pill for leaders looking for a quick fix.</p> <p> Destined to be a transforming experience for countless readers, <i>The Leadership Pill</i> shows business managers at any level how to apply the right techniques for getting both results and the commitment of their people, even when the pressure to perform is high.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780743250016
Pages: 128
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Title: Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People

The "war for talent" is one battle every company believes it should be waging. But while competitors are busy chasing after the same "hot" individuals, smart companies are doing something infinitely more useful and far more difficult to copy — they're building organizations that make it possible for ordinary people at every desk and cubicle in their companies to perform as if they were stars.

Blowing up the prevailing wisdom that companies must chase and acquire top talent in order to remain successful, Hidden Value argues instead that the source of sustained competitive advantage already exists within every organization. O'Reilly and Pfeffer, leading experts on organizational behavior and human resources, argue that how a firm creates and uses talent is far more important than how the firm attracts talent. The authors provide vivid, detailed case studies of several organizations in widely disparate industries — including Southwest Airlines, Cisco Systems, The Men's Wearhouse and NUMMI — to illustrate how long-term success comes from value-driven, interrelated systems that align good people management with corporate strategy.

In a refreshing break from management tomes that force-feed superficial frameworks and trite "rules," the authors instead allow the company stories to take center stage. They guide readers in discovering for themselves how seven different firms maximize talent, why one firm hasn't fully released the hidden value in its work force, and, most importantly, how the winning companies have made it tough for competitors to imitate them. Collectively, the stories reveal a common path to successthat places values before strategy, emphasizes implementation over planning, and focuses on getting the best out of all employees, not just individual stars. The authors also explore concerns or questions managers might have about how each company's experience parallels or conflicts with their own.

Providing a rare opportunity for managers to actively participate in an invaluable learning process, Hidden Value offers a customizable template for building high-performance, people-centered organizations.

Author(s): Charles A. O'Reilly
ISBN 13: 9780875848983
Pages: 304
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Title: Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

<p>Management is an organized body of knowledge. "This book," in Peter Drucker'swords, "tries to equip the manager with the understanding, the thinking, the knowledge and the skills for today'sand also tomorrow's jobs." This management classic has been developed and tested during more than thirty years of teaching management in universities, in executive programs and seminars and through the author's close work with managers as a consultant for large and small businesses, government agencies, hospitals and schools. Drucker discusses the tools and techniques of successful management practice that have been proven effective, and he makes them meaningful and easily accessible.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780887306150
Pages: 864
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Title: Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons

From mountain and valley, from hill and dale, people are asking, "How can I have more Dilbert in my life?" Help is at hand with a blast from the past in Scott Adams' very first compilation of Dilbert comic strips, Always Postpone Meetings with Time-Wasting Morons.

It is tempting to compare Adams' work to that of Leonardo da Vinci. The differences are striking. Adams displays good jokes and strong character development, whereas da Vinci has been skating for years on his ability to do shading. Advantage: Adams.

And though it may seem boorish to point this out, da Vinci wrote backwards. And he's dead. Advantage: Adams.

The choice is clear. Fans looking for a book which will stand the test of time, even beyond the time you spend flipping through it in the bookstore (for which the author receives no royalties whatsoever), should buy this book. Those who are not good comparison shoppers can buy the Mona Lisa.

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780836217582
Pages: 112
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Title: Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert

Scott Adams "is a VERY tough act to follow." —Suzanne Tobin, Washington Post

In the tradition of The Complete Far Side and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert 2.0 celebrates the 20th anniversary of Scott Adams's Dilbert, the touchstone of office humor.

This special slipcased collection-weighing in at more than ten pounds with 600 pages and featuring almost 4,000 strips-takes readers behind the scenes and into the early days of Scott Adams's life pre-Dilbert and on to the success that followed when Dilbert became an internationally syndicated sensation.

Divided into five different epochs, Dilbert 2.0 gives readers a glance at some of Adams's earliest strips, like those created for Playboy, and a peek at an abundance of special content ranging from numerous rejection letters to Adams's first cartooning check, and more.

Adams personally selected the material for this collection and offers original comments and humorous asides throughout. Also included is a piracy-protected disc that contains every Dilbert comic strip to April 2008.

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780740777356
Pages: 576
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Title: Competing for the Future

This hardcover edition is available only in a premium, full-cloth binding. It will not ship with a dust jacket.

New competitive realities have ruptured industry boundaries, overthrown much of standard management practice, and rendered conventional models of strategy and growth obsolete. In their stead have come the powerful ideas and methodologies of Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad, whose much-revered thinking has already engendered a new language of strategy. In this book, they develop a coherent model for how today's executives can identify and accomplish no less than heroic goals in tomorrow's marketplace. Their masterful blueprint addresses how executives can ease the tension between competing today and clearing a path toward leadership in the future.

With their breakthrough strategy for seizing industry leadership and dominating the markets of tomorrow, Hamel and Prahalad challenge executives the world over to stop the unrewarding and ultimately dead-end process of downsizing and enter the dynamic realm of industry transformation.

Author(s): Gary Hamel
ISBN 13: 9780875847160
Pages: 384
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Title: Freedom's Just Another Word for People Finding Out You're Useless: A Dilbert Book

No office can function without a little humor and craziness. Adams turns mundane office issues into excruciatingly funny office moments. 

In Freedom's Just Another Word for People Finding Out You're Useless, fans get a hilarious collection of great Dilbert strips that are anything but useless. From office politics and reams of red tape, to mayhem due to new technologies and, of course, the crazy cast of co-workers, Dilbert gets it done.

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780740778155
Pages: 128
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Title: Problem Identified: And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution

Our most profitable cartoon after The Far Side and Calvin and Hobbes. Pointless projects, endless meetings, and random downsizing make up the Dilbert world. This themed collection centers on the inept colleagues who invariably cause office and economic ruin.

In Problem Identified: And You're Probably Not Part of the Solution, cartoonist Scott Adams affectionately ridicules inept office colleagues—those co-workers behind the pointless projects, interminable meetings, and ill-conceived "downsizings"—in this thematically linked collection of Dilbert comic strips.

Dilbert, the benchmark of office humors, continues to use its considerable powers of humor for the greater good, helping us to fight the good fight at work despite those around us whose job descriptions seem to include undercutting morale and generally doing everything possible to lead us into economic ruin.

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780740785344
Pages: 224
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Title: The New Realities

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780765805331
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Title: The Heart of a Leader: Insights on the Art of Influence

<p>Ken Blanchard is one of America's best-known leadership and business experts. And now he helps you understand and experience the art of influence by revealing the greatest life and leadership lessons he's learned in his rich career as an educator and business leader.</p> <p><i>The Heart of a Leader</i> offers Blanchard's insight and wisdom on:</p> <ul> <li>Choosing values</li> <li>Aiming for excellence</li> <li>Maintaining integrity</li> <li>Finding the courage to change</li> <li>Helping others reach their potential</li> <li>And much more</li> </ul> <p>Arranged with your busy schedule in mind, this book offers you Blanchard's most important concepts in an accessible format. You can reach for instant motivation and insight on a daily basis or soak it up in one reading.</p> <p>Powerfully challenging and deeply inspiring, <i>The Heart of a Leader</i> will enable you to develop the courageous heart of a true leader. master key attitudes and actions to impact lives around you. and enjoy the profound wisdom that only Ken Blanchard can deliver.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780781445436
Pages: 192
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Title: Customer Mania!: It's Never Too Late to Build a Customer-Focused Company

<br> Customer service is the single most pressing problem for business managers and people in any service or sales operation, especially at the retail level. In fact, many experts believe that you build a business from the customer up. In <i>Customer Mania!</i>, Ken Blanchard, one of America's biggest bestselling authors and inspiring business leaders, writes of the key to customer service -- creating a people-oriented, performance-driven, customer-first organization. Along with coauthors Jim Ballard and Fred Finch, Blanchard explains why the customer is the right starting place from which to build a successful business. By drawing on examples from the world's largest restaurant company, Yum! -- owner of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver's, and A&amp;W Restaurants -- the authors explain how any company, large or small, can develop a unified, people-first, customer-oriented culture. Packed with practical insights, Customer Mania! emphasizes four critical steps: <p><b>? Set Your Sights on the Right Target.</b> The bottom line grows from taking care of customers and creating a motivating environment for your people.</p> <p><b>? Treat Customers the Right Way.</b> Determine the kind of experience you want your customers to have as they interact with every part of the company.</p> <p><b>? Treat Employees the Right Way.</b> Use strategies ranging from smart hiring to training and development to managing performance and creating a recognition culture.</p> <p><b>? Build the Right Kind of Leadership.</b> You can't do it all yourself, so let your people put their own brains to work and then support them all the way.</p> <p> By relying on these concepts, businesses everywhere can cultivate passionate and engaged team members who contribute to the company's overall success. From CEO to middle manager to the person facing the consumer, <i>Customer Mania!</i> is a vital tool for enhancing their experience -- and their customer's.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780743270281
Pages: 208
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Title: John F. Kerry The Complete Biography By The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best

This will be the only complete biography available for voters who want a thorough and objective look at the current frontrunner in the Democratic race for the presidency.

On Jan. 27, 2004, Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts accomplished one of the most spectacular turnarounds in modern American politics when he capped a surprise win in the Iowa caucus with a victory in the New Hampshire primary. The 2004 Democratic presidential nomination is now (in the words of Robert Novak) "John Kerry's to lose." Who is the man leading in the race to become the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2004? And what kind of political leader is he?

The outlines of John Kerry's life are familiar: A decorated Vietnam veteran who became an influential, if unlikely, anti-war protester. A lanky 60-year-old who quenches his thirst for danger with high-speed kiteboarding, windsurfing, piloting, motorcycling, and, in some cases, driving. A senator with a reputation as an investigator and foreign policy expert. A man married to one of the richest women in America. But beyond this broad picture, Kerry is something of a mystery to the public, largely because of a complex yet riveting personal and professional history outlined in this book.

John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography , the first full and in-depth book about the candidate's life, is based on a highly regarded series on Kerry published in the Boston Globe, plus years of additional reporting. It will explore his background, his service in the military (including significant experiences omitted from Douglas Brinkley's bestselling Tour of Duty), his early legal and political career, his legislative record and the remarkable turnaround in his political fortunes during the 2004 election cycle. This incisive, frank look at Kerry's life, and at his strengths and liabilities, is important reading for anyone interested in the presidential campaign.

Author(s): Nina Easton
ISBN 13: 9780786268153
Pages: 595
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Title: The One Minute Manager Audio Collection

Author(s): Blanchard, Kenneth , Lorber, Robert , Johnson, Spencer
ISBN 13: 9780743596510
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Title: How to Become CEO: The Rules for Rising to the Top of Any Organization

Vision, persistence, integrity, and respect for everyone in the workplace--these are all qualities of successful leaders. But Jeffrey J. Fox, the founder of a marketing consulting company, also gives these tips: never write a nasty memo, skip all office parties, and overpay your people. These are a few of his key ways to climb the corporate ladder.
Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780786864379
Pages: 192
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Title: How to Become a Rainmaker: The Rules for Getting and Keeping Customers and Clients

Filled with smart tips given in the Fox signature style, counter- intuitive, controversial, and practiced, this hard-hitting collection of sales advice shows readers how to woo, pursue, and finally win any customer. In witty, succinct chapters, Fox offers surprising, daring, and totally practical wisdom that will help readers rise above the competition in any company in any field. A terrific resource for CEOs, as well as anyone looking to distinguish themselves in salesbe it books, cars, or real estateHow to Become a Rainmaker offers the opportunity to rise above the competition in any company, in any field.
Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780786865956
Pages: 192
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Title: How to Become a Great Boss: The Rules for Getting and Keeping the Best Employees

The Great Boss Simple Success Formula

Companies Do What the Boss Does Groom 'Em, or Broom 'Em Hire Slow, Fire Fast Don't Be Tired The Rule of the Ds Delegate Down, Down, Down Don't Hire a Dog and Bark Yourself Don't Shoot from the Lip Never Be Little, Never Belittle Listen to Phonies, Fools, and Frauds Don't Check Expense Accounts
"Quit" Is for Scrabble It's Okay to Be Quirky

Did you ever have a great boss? Everyone should have one, but not enough people do. If you're a boss, or hope to become one, or have a less-than-great boss, then this is the book that could change your career-and your life.

In times like these, being a great boss can be harder than ever. If you want surprising and useful advice on how to handle the tough stuff -- from having to fire a long-time employee to being a new boss with a demoralized team -- the stories, observations, and advice contained in this gem of a book will set your feet in the right direction. And if you just want advice on living up to the legend who preceded you in the job, or even ways to emulate someone who was a great boss to you, Jeffrey Fox has gathered anecdotes from some of the mightiest and most respected bosses in America. The bestselling author who brought you How to Become CEO and How to Become a Rainmaker knows the territory about which he speaks.

Fox is the master of the counterintuitive angle. For every boss who has implied "I know what's best, that's why I'm the boss," Fox counsels, "Listen to Phonies, Fools, and Frauds" and "Don't Check Expense Accounts." His stories from bosses who have cared equally for employees' lives and the bottom line will inspire you to see that profit counts, but so do camaraderie, motivation, and a great place to work.

In a time of considerable corporate downsizing, it's more important than ever for bosses to surround themselves with motivated employees. Jeffrey Fox's newest volume will have a place on the shelves of top brass everywhere who want to remain leaders of their pack.

Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780786868230
Pages: 168
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Title: How to Become a Marketing Superstar: Unexpected Rules That Ring the Cash Register

With more than 600,000 books in print, nationally bestselling author Jeffrey Fox is back to 'outfox the competition'-this time with counterintuitive advice on how to become a marketing genius n his four previous bestselling business books, Jeffrey Fox has helped readers land great jobs and rise to the top of their professions. Now he turns his contrarian eye to marketing through brand building and innovation. Fox's advice is delivered in snappy, to-the-point chapters that zero in on his creative-and often counterintuitive-advice and features such unforgettable fundamentals as: nMake a big splash, instead of a lot of little ripples nAlways have a pipeline to the president nOwn a market, not a mill nThe long and short definitions of marketing There are also provocative 'Instant Marketing Superstar' challenges throughout the book, offering the reader a chance to solve real business problems. In a time of corporate budget cuts, it's more important than ever for all employees to be creative marketers. How to Become a Marketing Superstar is certain to find a place on the shelves of anyone who wants to increase sales in a competitive marketplace.
Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780786868247
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Title: How to Make Big Money in Your Own Small Business: Unexpected Rules Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know

Ever dream of starting your own business According to USA Today, more than 47 million people want to own their own businesses and over 20 million actually do. In How to Make Big Money in Your Own Small Business, bestselling business author Jeffrey Fox offers sound rules to succeeding in small business, whether you're running a bookstore, consulting business, or restaurant. In short chapters that range from administration and cash flow to marketing and hiring, Fox reminds entrepreneurs what's important and what's not, what makes a business succeed, and what causes it to fail.
Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780786868254
Pages: 176
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Title: Case studies in US trade negotiation

Author(s): Robert Z. Lawrence, Michael D. Watkins, Charan Devereaux
ISBN 13: 9780881323634
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Title: Breakthrough International Negotiation : How Great Negotiators Transformed the World's Toughest Post-Cold War Conflicts

Breakthrough International Negotiation gives readers unusual insight into what it takes to conduct critical negotiations with far-reaching consequences. This valuable book also helps conflict resolution professionals develop the skills necessary to become savvy and successful negotiators.

Winner of the CPR Institute's prize for outstanding book in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution for 2001. CPR is the leading US professional organization of dispute resolution professionals.

Author(s): Michael Watkins
ISBN 13: 9780787957438
Pages: 368
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Title: Breakthrough Business Negotiat

"As a venture capitalist, I negotiate every day. Michael Watkins's book is the first I have found that truly grapples with the complications of real-world negotiations. I am struck by how often its tools and techniques apply to my past and current experiences in negotiation. This book is a powerful tool for anybody who wants to take control and come out on top. I wish I had read it twenty years ago."
John F. Eckert, founder and managing partner, McLean Watson Capital Inc., and president, Canadian Venture Capital Association

"The best negotiators often seem to be guided by instinct, but Michael Watkins reveals powerful principles that can increase anyone's effectiveness in negotiation. He lays out a clear framework for conducting complex negotiations so you can ask the right questions and focus on the right issues. He then demonstrates how the framework applies to a variety of real-world dynamic situations. I highly recommend this book."
Steven Cohen, partner and specialist in mergers and acquisitions, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

"Breakthrough Business Negotiation deserves a spot on every negotiator's bookshelf. Watkins has written a comprehensive guide that makes the daunting task of negotiation approachable for everyone. It is a rare gem that brings academic rigor to the real world. Even the most experienced negotiator will find much that is fresh and enjoyable here."
Rob Aiello, managing director, Updata Capital

Winner of the CPR Institute's prize for outstanding book in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution for 2002. CPR is the leading US professional organization of negotiation and dispute resolution professionals.

Named one of the top-30 business books of 2003 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries.

Author(s): Watkins
ISBN 13: 9780787960124
Pages: 320
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Title: What Management Is: How It Works and Why It's Everyone's Business

Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned executive, this book will give you a firm grasp on what it takes to make an organization perform. It presents the basic principles of management simply, but not simplistically. Why did an eBay succeed where a Webvan did not? Why do you need both a business model and a strategy? Why is it impossible to manage without the right performance measures, and do yours pass the test?

What Management Is is both a beginner’s guide and a bible for one of the greatest social innovations of modern times: the discipline of management. Joan Magretta, a former top editor at the Harvard Business Review, distills the wisdom of a bewildering sea of books and articles into one simple, clear volume, explaining both the logic of successful organizations and how that logic is embodied in practice.

Magretta makes rich use of examples— contemporary and historical—to bring to life management’s High Concepts: value creation, business models, competitive strategy, and organizational design. She devotes equal attention to the often unwritten rules of execution that characterize the best-performing organizations. Throughout she shows how the principles of management that work in for-profit businesses can—and must—be applied to nonprofits as well.

Most management books preach a single formula or a single fad. This one roams knowledgeably over the best that has been thought and written with a practical eye for what matters in real organizations. Not since Peter Drucker’s great work of the 1950s and 1960s has there been a comparable effort to present the work of management as a coherent whole, to take stock of the current state of play, and to write about it thoughtfully for readers of all backgrounds. Newcomers will find the basics demystified. More experienced readers will recognize a store of useful wisdom and a framework for improving their own performance.

This is the big-picture management book for our times. It defines a common standard of managerial literacy that will help all of us lead more productive lives, whether we aspire to be managers or not.

Author(s): Joan Magretta
ISBN 13: 9780743203197
Pages: 256
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Title: The Essential Alfred Chandler : Essays Toward a Historical Theory of Big Business

In four decades of scholarship,Alfred Chandler has established himself as the acknowledged dean of business historians. Now available in paperback,this collection reveals the evolution of Chandler's theory and the enormous contribution that he has made to the field. Included are sixteen essays,as well as the table of contents and introductions to his three major books on business history: Strategy and Structure,The Visible Hand,and Scale and Scope. McCraw provides a capsule intellectual biography of Chandler,as well an introduction to each essay.
Author(s): Thomas K. McCraw
ISBN 13: 9780875843063
Pages: 544
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Title: How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

o create is human. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton has experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton demystifies the sacred act, leading us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to “fly a horse,” Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Drawing on examples from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple......
Author(s): Kevin Ashton
ISBN 13: 9780804170062
Pages: 336
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Title: Don't Send a Resume: And Other Contrarian Rules to Help Land a Great Job

Anyone who thinks getting a good job is easy in this booming economy should think again. The real plum jobs are out there, but theyre harder to get than ever. Now, bestselling author and innovative thinker Jeffrey J. Fox, steps up to the plate once again with this no-nonsense collection of surprising and daring rules for landing the right job. Fox offers a Job Getting Blueprint, a Job Seekers Glossary, several first interview questions, as well as the basic form and variations for a boomerang letter. His rules not only help todays job seekers devise a winning strategy, but also show them how to prepare for and make the best impression in an interview.
Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780786865963
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Title: We Are Market Basket

Advance Praise for "We Are Market Basket": "A meaningful workplace can unify and motivate employees; this book shows how powerful that effect can be. Interviews with many of the key players provide a rare window into a fascinating event.
Author(s): Daniel Korschun
ISBN 13: 9780814436653
Pages: 256
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Title: It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone

"Adams scrapes his pen across the fears and absurdities of an age we entered when we weren't paying attention-the age of the bureaucratic vacuum." Dilbert is the Everyman in the down-sized, techno-centered workplace. He's the corporately innocent engineer who experiences the absurdities and oddities of office life from his (sometimes shrinking) cubicle. Complemented by his sarcastic and power-hungry dog, Dogbert (aspiring Supreme Ruler of the Earth whose secret happiness is "High expectations and your own bag of chips"), Dilbert provides humor on one of life's most insidious subjects: work. It's Obvious You Won't Survive by Your Wits Alone features nearly two years of Dilbert comic strips (including Sunday cartoons!) that have never appeared in book form.

Dilbert is the Everyman in the down-sized, techno-centered workplace of the '90s, who experiences the absurdities and oddities of office life from his cubicle. This collection of cartoons, starring Dilbert and his sarcastic and power-hungry canine companion Dogbert, features nearly two years of strips that have never before appeared in book form.

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780836204155
Pages: 224
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Title: Journey to Cubeville, Vol. 12

"Since Adams parted company with Pacific Bell in 1995, the business he has built out of mocking business has turned into the sort of success story that the average cartoon hero could only dream of."—The London Financial Times

"Go ahead and cut that Dilbert cartoon. Pin it to the wall of your claustrophobic cubicle. Laugh at it around the water cooler, remarking how similar it is to the incomprehensible memos and ludicrous management strategies at your own company."—The Washington Post

Dilbert, Dogbert, and the rest of the world's favorite cubicle dwellers are sure to leave you rolling in your workspace with Scott Adams's cartoon collection, Journey to Cubeville.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams has something special for everyone who thinks their workplace is a living monument to inefficiency—or, for those who have been led to believe unnecessary work is like popcorn for the soul.

Adams lampoons everything in the business world that drives the sane worker into the land of the lunacy:

*Network administrators who have the power to paralyze an entire business with a mere keystroke

*Accountants who force you to battle ferociously to get reimbursed for a $2.59 ham sandwich you scarfed while traveling

*Managers obsessed with perfect-attendance certificates, dead-end projects, and blocking employees from fun web sites and decent office supplies

*Companies spending piles of dough on projects deeply rooted in stupidity, as well as a myriad of stupid consultants

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780836267457
Pages: 224
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Title: Try Rebooting Yourself: A Dilbert Collection

Maybe, just maybe, the reason Scott Adams is able to so completely and utterly skewer the absurdities of the modern workplace is that deep down he really enjoyed his many years as a cubicle dweller. Perhaps his comic strip Dilbert is nothing more than a cleverly disguised 17-year-long love letter to corporate America.

And maybe, just maybe, monkeys will fly out of Donald Trump's butt.

In Try Rebooting Yourself, AMP's 28th Dilbert collection, the world's most dysfunctional office family is back and doing what it does best. Wally adroitly steers clear of new assignments—and perfects his "work grimace." The Pointy-Haired Boss (PHB) thinks of new ways to demoralize and disenfranchise his employees. (As part of a new strategy to make the pension plan solvent, he reminds employees "Smoking is cool.") Dogbert continues his lucrative consulting business. And Dilbert, alas, he soldiers and smolders on, searching for intelligent life in the corporate universe—and maybe, just maybe, a little action. (Fat chance.)

This time out, the gang is joined by a host of odd (but strangely familiar) guest characters including the clueless Hammerhead Bob, and Petricia, the PHB's fawning but ferocious sycophant. All office workers may now nod knowingly.

Author(s): Scott Adams
ISBN 13: 9780740761904
Pages: 128
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Title: Age of Unreason

Author(s): Charles Handy
ISBN 13: 9780875843018
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Title: The frontiers of management

<p>The Frontiers of Management offers stimulating and profitable reading for both existing Drucker disciples and those new to his writing.</p> <p>This collection of thirty-five finely balanced articles and essays, plus an interview and afterword, was planned by the author from the beginning to be published eventually in one volume and as variations on one unifying theme - the challenges of tomorrow that face the executive today.</p> <p>What kind of tomorrow it will be depends heavily on the knowledge, insight, foresight and competence of the decision makers of today. The future is in the hands of executives who are already fully occupied with the daily crisis, and for whom the daily crisis is the one absolutely predictable event in their working day. It is to these people that this Drucker volume is addressed, to enable them to see and to understand the long-range implications and impacts of their immediate, everyday, urgent actions and decisions.</p> <p>Collection of thirty-five articles and essaysCollection of thirty-five articles and essays</p> <p><b>Audience:</b> Management executives at all levels of responsibility; business and management students; Management historians. </p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780750621823
Pages: 384
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Title: Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations

Although much has been written about how to make better decisions, a decision by itself changes nothing. The big problem facing managers and their organizations today is one of implementation--how to get things done in a timely and effective way. Stanford Business School Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues that problems of implementation are really issues of how to influence behavior, change the course of events, overcome resistance, and get people to do things they would not otherwise do. In a word, power. Managing with Power provides an in-depth look at the role of power and influence in organizations. Power is often disparaged, yet Pfeffer shows convincingly that its effective use is an essential component of strong leadership. With vivid examples from Lyndon Johnson and Henry Kissinger to John Sculley and Henry Ford, he makes a compelling case for the necessity of power in mobilizing the political support and resources to get things done in any organization. And he provides a fascinating look at the personal attributes--such as flexibility, stamina, and a high tolerance for conflict--and the structural factors--such as control of resources, access to information, and formal authority--that can help managers advance organizational goals and achieve individual success. Pfeffer begins his comprehensive evaluation of power by helping managers recognize situations that involve the use of power, and shows how to identify the principal actors and their likely points of view. He then looks at the different sources of power, and explains why some organizations and people use power more effectively than others. Next, he explores the specific strategies and tactics through which power and influence are used--how they help managers achieve tangible results. And finally, he considers issues of power dynamics: how power is lost, the role of power in the process of organizational change, and the positive and negative consequences of power for organizations. Politics and infl

An in-depth look at the role of power and influence in organizations. Pfeffer demonstrates the necessity of power in mobilizing political support and resources to get things done in any organization, and he looks at the personal attributes and structural factors that help managers advance organizational goals and achieve individual success.

Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780875844404
Pages: 400
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Title: Competitive advantage through people

Competitive Advantage Through People explores why—despite long-standing evidence that a committed work force is essential for success—firms continue to attach little importance to their workers. The answer, argues Pfeffer, resides in a complex web of factors based on perception, history, legislation, and practice that continues to dominate management thought and action. Yet, some organizations have been able to overcome these obstacles. In fact, the five common stocks with the highest returns between 1972 and 1992—Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, Circuit City, and Plenum Publishing—were in industries that shared virtually none of the characteristics traditionally associated with strategic success. What each of these firms did share is the ability to produce sustainable competitive advantage through its way of managing people. Pfeffer documents how they—and others—resisted traditional management pitfalls, and offers frameworks for implementing these changes in any industry.A Library Journal Best Business Book of the Year. "A masterful, riveting performance."—Tom Peters
Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780875847177
Pages: 304
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Title: The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First

Why is common sense so uncommon when it comes to managing people? How is it that so many seemingly intelligent organizations implement harmful management practices and ideas? In his provocative new book, The Human Equation, bestselling author Jeffrey Pfeffer examines why much of the current conventional wisdom is wrong and asks us to re-think the way managers link people with organizational performance. Pfeffer masterfully builds a powerful business case for managing people effectively--not just because it makes for good corporate policy, but because it results in outstanding performance and profits. Challenging current thinking and practice, Pfeffer: --Reveals the costs of downsizing--and provides alternatives; --Identifies troubling trends in compensation, and suggests better practices; --Explains why even the smartest managers sometimes manage people unwisely; --Demonstrates how market-based forces can fail to create good people management practices, creating a need for positive public policy; --Provides practical guidelines for implementing high-performance management practices. Filled with information and ideas, The Human Equation provides much-needed guidance for managing people more wisely--and more profitably. "Distinguishing himself from other writers who tackle such topics in a touchy-feely way, Pfeffer has attempted to address corporate managers in a language they can understand: numbers."--The Washington Post Book World "One hopes that Pfeffer's book is read, not just by people who already agree with him, but by the CEOs and executives he so passionately directs his argument toward. If he's even partly right, we all could profit from his advice."--Training "The Human Equation is simplicity itself. Jeffrey Pfeffer shows that organizations that support, encourage, and build the skills of their people outperform all competitors. The power of committed minds and hearts working toward a common goal wins today and builds for tomorrow."--Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, The Drucker Foundation
Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780875848419
Pages: 345
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Title: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement: 25th Anniversary Edition

Over 2 million copies sold! Used by thousands of companies and hundreds of business schools! Required reading for anyone in the Theory of Constraints. This book, which introduces the Theory of Constraints, is changing how America does business. The Goal is a gripping, fast-paced business novel about overcoming the barriers to making money. You will learn the fundamentals of identifying and solving the problems created by constraints. From the moment you finish the book you will be able to start successfully addressing chronic productivity and quality problems.

This book, which introduces the Theory of Constraints, is changing how America does business. The Goal is a gripping, fast-paced business novel about overcoming the barriers to making money.

Author(s): Eliyahu M. Goldratt
ISBN 13: 9780884271956
Pages: 408
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Title: The External Control of Organizations: A Resource Dependence Perspective

“Two of the best minds in the business, Pfeffer and Salancik crafted this powerful argument that remains timely and timeless. That’s the true test of a classic. The External Control of Organizations is a trusted, durable, evocative work.” —Karl E. Weick,Rensis Likert Distinguished University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, University of Michigan Business School
“Launching the resource dependence theory of organizations, this influential work was the first to recognize the power of the wider social-political environment as a force shaping organizational structure and behavior. Recognizing that all organizations must acquire resources from the environment as a condition of their survival, Pfeffer and Salancik demonstrate how resource dependence gives rise to power problems and, potentially, to political solutions.” —W. Richard Scott,Stanford University

Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780804747899
Pages: 336
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Title: Managing in Turbulent Times

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780887306167
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Title: Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries

"Chandler describes how Radio Corporation of America shaped the consumer electronics industry from its beginnings in the 1920s to the 1960s. He explains how catastrophic management decisions that brought about the collapse of RCA opened the door to Sony and Matsushita and ultimately to Japan's worldwide conquest of consumer electronics markets. At the same time, Chandler shows that the computer industry has been a strikingly American triumph. Readers will discover a wealth of penetrating insights in Chandler's riveting account of the rise of the mainframe, the minicomputer, and the microprocessor. What is more, Chandler documents the surprising and little-known fact that first mover IBM dominated the computer industry from the 1950s to the 1990s and that the Japanese, first by making IBM plug-compatibles and later with their large systems and servers, became its major competitors." Only by following the history of firms that commercialized these new technologies and knowing the details of competitive success and failure can managers truly understand their industries. Inventing the Electronic Century is timely and essential reading for every manager and student of high technology.
Author(s): Alfred D. Chandler, Jr.
ISBN 13: 9780743215671
Pages: 336
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