Over 50 Popular Management and Business Books

Over 50 Popular Management and Business Books

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Title: The Last of All Possible Worlds

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060149741
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Title: The Temptation to Do Good

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060152536
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Title: Zap the Gaps!: Target Higher Performance and Achieve it!

Target Higher Performance and Achieve It!

In the bestselling tradition of The One Minute ManagerR, Zap the Gaps combines a fast–moving business parable with step–by–step instructions for implementing the GAPS approach to problem solving.

Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780060503000
Pages: 160
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Title: Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day -- as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: "What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?" Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond.
Author(s): Jim Collins
ISBN 13: 9780060516406
Pages: 368
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Title: The On-Time, On-Target Manager: How a Last-Minute Manager Conquered Procrastination

<p>Ken Blanchard's phenomenal bestsellers, such as <b>The One Minute Manager</b> and <b>Raving Fans</b>, have made him a globally recognized business legend. Millions look to Blanchard for innovative approaches to management, leadership, customer service, and much more. Now, he has joined with noted business author Steve Gottry to explore one of the most common and insidious problems plaguing the workplace—procrastination.</p> <p><b>The On-Time, On-Target Manager</b> is the story of Bob, a typical middle manager who puts things off to the last minute. As a result, he misses deadlines because his lack of focus causes him to accomplish meaningless tasks before getting to the important things. Like many professionals, Bob rationalizes, justifies, and tries to explain. Luckily, Bob is sent to his company's CEO—which stands for "Chief Effectiveness Officer"—who helps him deal with the three negative side effects of procrastination: lateness, poor work quality, and stress to himself and others. Bob learns how to transform himself from a crisis-prone Last-Minute manager into a productive On-Time, On-Target manager.</p> <p>With this engaging parable, Blanchard and Gottry offer practical strategies any professional can put into practice to improve his or her performance.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780060574598
Pages: 144
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Title: Freakonomics

Author(s): Steven D. Levitt
ISBN 13: 9780060731328
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Title: Daily Drucker

<p>Revered management thinker Peter F. Drucker is our trusted guide in this thoughtful, day-by-day companion that offers his penetrating and practical wisdom. Amid the multiple pressures of our daily work lives, The Daily Drucker provides the inspiration and advice to meet the many challenges we face. With his trademark clarity, vision, and humanity, Drucker sets out his ideas on a broad swath of key topics, from time management, to innovation, to outsourcing, providing useful insights for each day of the year.</p> <p>These 366 daily readings have been harvested from Drucker's lifetime of work. At the bottom of each page, the reader will find an action point that spells out exactly how to put Drucker's ideas into practice. It is as if the wisest and most action-oriented management consultant in the world is in the room, offering his timeless gems of advice. <b>The Daily Drucker</b> is for anyone who seeks to understand and put to use Drucker's powerful words and ideas.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060742447
Pages: 448
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Title: Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Self Leadership

<p>Ken Blanchard's phenomenal bestselling classic <b>The One Minute Manager</b> explores the skills needed to become an effective self leader. Now, <b>Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager</b> clearly and thoroughly reveals how power, freedom, and autonomy come from having the right mind-set and the skills needed to take personal responsibility for success.</p> <p>In this captivating business parable, number one <b>New York Times</b> bestselling author Ken Blanchard, with coauthors Susan Fowler and Laurence Hawkins, tells the story of Steve, a young advertising executive who is about to lose his job. During a series of talks with a gifted magician named Cayla, Steve comes to realize the power of taking responsibility for his situation and not playing the victim. Passing along the knowledge she has learned from the One Minute Manager, Cayla teaches Steve the three skills of self leadership. These three techniques not only empower him to keep his job but show him what he needs to know in order to keep growing, learning, and achieving.</p> <p>For twenty-five years, millions of managers in Fortune 500 companies and small businesses nationwide have followed Ken Blanchard's management method, thus increasing their productivity, job satisfaction, and personal prosperity. Now, discover Ken Blanchard's newest techniques in <b>Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager</b> and experience the profitability that has been achieved by applying his management lessons.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780060799120
Pages: 176
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Title: The Effective Executive : The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

What makes an effective executive?

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making

Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060833459
Pages: 208
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Title: Innovation And Entrepreneurship Practice and Principles

<p>Peter Drucker's classic book on innovation and entrepreneurship</p> <br> <p>This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Superbly practical, <b>Innovation and Entrepreneurship</b> explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures need to know and do to succeed in today's economy.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060851132
Pages: 288
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Title: Managing the Nonprofit Organization

The groundbreaking and premier work on nonprofit organizations

The nonprofit sector is growing rapidly, creating a major need for expert advice on how to manage these organizations effectively. Management legend Peter Drucker provides excellent examples and explanations of mission, leadership, resources, marketing, goals, and much more. Interviews with nine experts also address key issues in this booming sector.

Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060851149
Pages: 256
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Title: Practice of Management

<p>A classic since its publication in 1954, <b>The Practice of Management</b> was the first book to look at management as a whole and being a manager as a separate responsibility. <b>The Practice of Management</b> created the discipline of modern management practices. Readable, fundamental, and basic, it remains an essential book for students, aspiring managers, and seasoned professionals.</p> <p>An examination of entrepreneurial management, business strategy and risk-taking. An international best-seller for thirty years. </p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060878979
Pages: 416
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Title: Managing for Results

<p>The effective business, Peter Drucker observes, focuses on opportunities rather than problems. How this focus is achieved in order to make the organization prosper and grow is the subject of this companion to his classic work, <b>The Practice of Management</b>. <b>Managing for Results</b> shows what the executive decision maker must do to move his enterprise forward. Drucker again employs his particular genius for breaking through conventional outlooks and opening up new perspectives for profits and growth.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780060878986
Pages: 256
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Title: Putting the One Minute Manager to Work: How to Turn 3 Secrets into Skills

<p><b>The One Minute Manager</b>, published in 1982, took the world by storm. More than 13 million copies have been sold in this country and it has been translated into more than 25 languages, making it one of the most influential books about business management ever written. The second book in this record-breaking series, <b>Putting the One Minute Manager to Work</b>, turns the three secrets of One Minute Management into day-to-day skills and shows how they work in real-life situations. By going straight to boardrooms and assembly lines for their examples, the authors put the One Minute concepts into working systems that directly affect a company's bottom line. Here is the next step in the revolutionary, simple, and uniquely effective system that is changing how the world runs business.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780060881672
Pages: 112
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Title: SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

<p>The <b>New York Times</b> bestselling <b>Freakonomics</b> was a worldwide sensation. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with <b>SuperFreakonomics</b>, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the "freakquel" is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first.</p> <p><b>SuperFreakonomics</b> challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department store Santa? Who adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Did TV cause a rise in crime? Can eating kangaroo meat save the planet?</p> <p>Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner show the world for what it really is—good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, superfreaky.</p>
Author(s): Steven D. Levitt
ISBN 13: 9780060889586
Pages: 320
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Title: Management (Revised Edition)

<p>The essential book on management from the man who invented the discipline</p> <p>Now completely revised and updated for the first time</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780061252662
Pages: 608
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Title: Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management (Collins Business Essentials Series)

<p>Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher, Peter F. Drucker analyzed economics and society for more than sixty years. Now for readers everywhere who are concerned with the ways that management practices and principles affect the performance of organizations, individuals, and society, there is <b>The Essential Drucker</b>—an invaluable compilation of essential materials from the works of a management legend.</p> <p>Containing twenty-six core selections, <b>The Essential Drucker</b> covers the basic principles and concerns of management and its problems, challenges, and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy and society of tomorrow will demand of them.</p> <p>The first selection of Drucker's management work from <i>The Practice of Management</i> (1954) to <i>Management Challenges for the 21st Century</i> (1999), this book offers, in Drucker's words, "a coherent and fairly comprehensive Introduction to management [and] gives an overview of my works on management and thus answers a question I have been asked again and again: which of my writings are essential?" </p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780061345012
Pages: 368
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Title: Management Cases, Revised Edition

<blockquote> <p>The companion to Drucker's seminal work <b>Management, completely revised and updated</b></p> </blockquote> <p><b>Management Cases, Revised Edition</b> is a collection of thought-provoking case studies—each a timeless representative of a challenge that all managers will face at some point in their careers. Longtime Drucker colleague, collaborator, and eminent management professor Joseph A. Maciariello has organized the material to be used in conjunction with <b>Management, Revised Edition</b>, making the book particularly useful in undergraduate, MBA, and executive education classrooms.</p> <p>It contains fifteen completely new cases written especially for this edition plus another thirty-five revised and updated cases, ensuring that the book provides comprehensive coverage of the most important management dilemmas and most timeless leadership wisdom. An essential resource for business students and working professionals alike, the book will help readers test and hone their management skills.</p>
Author(s): Peter F. Drucker
ISBN 13: 9780061435157
Pages: 256
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Title: The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams

<p>Newly updated and backed by decades of research, this classic guide will equip leaders and team members alike to unleash the power of teamwork.</p> <p>Never before in the history of the workplace has the concept of teamwork been more important to the functioning of successful organizations. Ken Blanchard, bestselling coauthor of <b>Raving Fans</b>, <b>The One Minute Manager</b><small><sup>®</sup></small> and <b>Gung Ho!</b>, teams up with Donald Carew and Eunice Parisi-Carew to explain how all groups move through four stages of development on their way to becoming high performing teams—orientation, dissatisfaction, integration and production. The authors then show how a manager can help any group become effective quickly and with a minimum of stress.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780061741203
Pages: 128
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Title: Who Killed Change?: Solving the Mystery of Leading People Through Change

<blockquote> <p>Who Killed Change?</p> <p>Solving the Mystery of Leading People Through Change</p> </blockquote> <p>Every day organizations around the world launch change initiatives—often big, expensive ones—designed to improve the status quo. Yet 50 to 70 percent of these change efforts fail. A few perish suddenly, but many die painful, protracted deaths that drain the organization's resources, energy and morale.</p> <p>Who or What Is Killing Change?</p> <p>That's what you'll find out in this witty whodunit. The story features a Columbo-style detective, Agent Mike McNally, who's investigating the murder of yet another change. One by one, Agent McNally interviews thirteen prime suspects, including a myopic leader named Victoria Vision; a chronically tardy manager named Ernest Urgency; an executive named Clair Communication, whose laryngitis makes communication all but impossible; and several other dubious characters.</p> <p>The suspects are sure to sound familiar and you're bound to relate them to your own workplace. In the end, Agent McNally solves the case in a way that will inspire you to become an effective Change Agent in your own organization.A step-by-step guide at the back of the book shows you how to apply the story's lessons to the real world. Key questions help you evaluate the health of your organization's change initiatives, and you'll learn best practices for enabling and sustaining the desired change.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780061778933
Pages: 160
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Title: Power: Why Some People Have It

In this crowning achievement, one of the greatest minds in management theory reveals how to succeed and wield power in the real world.

Over decades of consulting with corporations and teaching MBA students the nuances of organizational power, Jeffrey Pfeffer has watched numerous people suffer career reversals even as others prevail despite the odds.

Our most common mistake is not having a realistic understanding of what makes some people more successful than others. By believing that life is fair, we tend to subscribe to the “just-world phenomenon,” which leaves us unprepared for the challenges and competition of the real world.

Now Pfeffer brings decades of his incredible insights to a wider audience. Brimming with counterintuitive advice, numerous examples from various countries, and surprising findings based on his research, this groundbreaking guide reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers. Power, he argues, is a force that can be used and harnessed not only for individual gain but also for the benefit of organizations and society. Power, however, is not something that can be learned from those in charge—their advice often puts a rosy spin on their ascent and focuses on what should have worked, rather than what actually did. Instead, Pfeffer reveals the true paths to power and career success. Iconoclastic and grounded in the realpolitik of human interaction, Power is an essential organizational survival manual and a new standard in the field of leadership and management.

Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780061789083
Pages: 273
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Title: The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business

The Innovator’s Dilemma is the revolutionary business book that has forever changed corporate America. Based on a truly radical idea—that great companies can fail precisely because they do everything right—this Wall Street Journal, Business Week and New York Times Business bestseller is one of the most provocative and important business books ever written. Entrepreneurs, managers, and CEOs ignore its wisdom and its warnings at their great peril.
Author(s): Clayton M. Christensen
ISBN 13: 9780062060242
Pages: 336
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Title: The Real Romney

Author(s): Kranish, Michael/ Helman,
ISBN 13: 9780062123275
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Title: Trust Works!: Four Keys to Building Lasting Relationships

<p><em>Trust Works!</em></p> <p><em>How to build it—How to keep it</em></p> <p>In this enlightening guide developed from his popular Trust Works! training program, #1 bestselling author and management guru Ken Blanchard turns his vast knowledge and insight to one of the most timely and complex issues that affects all areas of our lives.</p> <p>Once upon a time, a dog and a cat lived together with other animals and the humans who cared for them. But canine and feline did not trust each other—a situation that led to fighting, backbiting, and sabotaging that soon affected the whole household.</p> <p>Unless their conflict was resolved, all of the pets would lose their home. Fortunately, a wise old parrot stepped in, teaching dog and cat the ABCDs of trust. As each became aware of the unconscious behaviors at the root of their hostility, dog and cat discovered how to change their behavior—a mutual transformation that created a happy, productive environment for all.</p> <p>In <em>Trust Works!</em> Ken Blanchard applies that fable to real-life situations to show anyone how to get along better with those around them. He outlines his ABCD trust model and uses it to address the factors that lead to discord, including low morale, miscommunication, poor response to problems and issues, and dysfunctional leadership.</p> <p>In today's polarized society, building trust—and sustaining it—has never been more important or seemingly elusive. <em>Trust Works!</em> provides a common language and essential skills that can replace dissension with peace and cooperation and help us all work together productively and in harmony.</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780062205988
Pages: 160
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Title: Think Like a Freak

Learn to say "I don't know." Think like a child. Take a master class in incentives. Appreciate the upside of quitting. . . . And more! Think Like a Freak is Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's most revolutionary book yet.
Author(s): Steven D. Levitt Stephen J. Dubner
ISBN 13: 9780062218346
Pages: 304
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Title: Digital Gold

An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold tells the story of the colorful characters who have built Bitcoin, including a Finnish college student, an Argentinian millionaire, a Chinese entrepreneur, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, ...
Author(s): Nathaniel Popper
ISBN 13: 9780062362490
Pages: 416
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Title: The New One Minute Manager

A new edition based on the timeless business classic—updated to help today’s readers succeed more quickly in a rapidly changing world. For decades, The One Minute Manager® has helped millions achieve more successful professional and personal lives. While the principles it lays out are timeless, our world has changed drastically since the book’s publication. The exponential rise of technology, global flattening of markets, instant communication, and pressures on corporate workforces to do more with less—including resources, funding, and staff—have all revolutionized the world in which we live and work. Now, Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson have written The New One Minute Manager to introduce the book’s powerful, important lessons to a new generation. In their concise, easy-to-read story, they teach readers three very practical secrets about leading others—and explain why these techniques continue to work so well. As compelling today as the original was thirty years ago, this classic parable of a young man looking for an effective manager is more relevant and useful than ever.
Author(s): Ken Blanchard;Johnson Spencer
ISBN 13: 9780062367549
Pages: 112
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Title: Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

The author of Power, Stanford business school professor, and a leading management thinker offers a hard-hitting dissection of the leadership industry and ways to make workplaces and careers work better. The leadership enterprise is enormous, with billions of dollars, thousands of books, and hundreds of thousands of blogs and talks focused on improving leaders. But what we see worldwide is employee disengagement, high levels of leader turnover and career derailment, and failed leadership development efforts.
Author(s): Jeffrey Pfeffer
ISBN 13: 9780062383167
Pages: 272
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Title: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't

The Challenge: Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? The Study: For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? The Standards: Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck. The Comparisons: The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. The Findings: The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include: Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. The Hedgehog Concept: (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap. “Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings?
Author(s): Jim Collins
ISBN 13: 9780066620992
Pages: 320
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Title: The Six Sigma Way: How GE, Motorola, and Other Top Companies are Honing Their Performance

An implementation blueprint for SIX SIGMA!

"The Six Sigma Way demystifies Six Sigma with a real-world 'how-to 'guide. A good investment for any business planning to launch Six Sigma."

 John Biedry, VP Quality & Compliance, Sears Home Services.

Cost reduction...productivity improvement...customer retention...these are the promises of the Six Sigma quality management system. The Six Sigma Way reveals how GE, Motorola, and numerous other companies are successfully using Six Sigma to fine-tune products and processes, improve performance, and increase profits. Now you can read the roadmap for implementing Six Sigma in your manufacturing or service organization.

The authors who have worked with some of the most visible Six Sigma companies including GE provide step-by-step guidance and practical implementation guidelines. Whether your goal is to fix a process problem or implement Six Sigma company-wide, The Six Sigma Way will help you develop an approach customized for your company's needs and the challenges of the twenty-first century business environment. The Six Sigma Way:

  • Addresses the challenges and politics of launching, leading, and training people for Six Sigma.
  • Focuses on implementing the major steps and quality improvement tools in the Six Sigma system.
  • Features insights, comments, and examples from business leaders and managers using Six Sigma in their organizations.

Six Sigma is a system for improving the quality of organizational processes. It was originally developed at Motorola in the 1980's and has become one of the most widely discussed and reported trends in business over the past two years, thanks largely to the phenomenal successes of the Six Sigma program at one of the world's most successful companies, GE.

Author(s): Peter S. Pande
ISBN 13: 9780071358064
Pages: 448
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Title: The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer

"This book will give you an understanding of what has made Toyota successful and some practical ideas that you can use to develop your own approach to business."--Gary Convis, Managing Office of Toyota Fewer man-hours. Less inventory.
Author(s): Jeffrey K. Liker
ISBN 13: 9780071392310
Pages: 330
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Title: The Human Side of Enterprise

“What are your assumptions (implicit as well as explicit) about the most effective way to manage people?”

So began Douglas McGregor in this 1960 management classic. It was a seemingly simple question he asked, yet it led to a fundamental revolution in management. Today, with the rise of the global economy, the information revolution, and the growth of knowledge-driven work, McGregor's simple but provocative question continues to resonate-perhaps more powerfully than ever before.

Heralded as one of the most important pieces of management literature ever written, a touchstone for scholars and a handbook for practitioners, The Human Side of Enterprise continues to receive the highest accolades nearly half a century after its initial publication. Influencing such major management gurus such as Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis, McGregor's revolutionary Theory Y-which contends that individuals are self-motivated and self-directed-and Theory X-in which employees must be commanded and controlled-has been widely taught in business schools, industrial relations schools, psychology departments, and professional development seminars for over four decades.

In this special annotated edition of the worldwide management classic, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Senior Research Scientist in MIT's Sloan School of Management and Engineering Systems Division, shows us how today's leaders have successfully incorporated McGregor's methods into modern management styles and practices. The added quotes and commentary bring the content right into today's debates and business models.

Now more than ever, the timeless wisdom of Douglas McGregor can light the path towards a management style that nurtures leadership capability, creates effective teams, ensures internal alignment, achieves high performance, and cultivates an authentic, value-driven workplace—lessons we all need to learn as we make our way in this brave new world of the 21st century.

Author(s): Douglas McGregor
ISBN 13: 9780071462228
Pages: 256
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Title: The Transformative CEO: Impact Lessons from Industry Game Changers

Leadership Lessons from the World’s Greatest CEOs

“Fox and Reiss have created a new leadership category—The Transformative CEO.”
—Rafael Pastor, CEO, Vistage International

Bestselling author Jeffrey Fox literally wrote the book on How to Become CEO, and radio talk show host Robert Reiss has explored strategy with some of the world’s biggest business legends.

Now, in The Transformative CEO, they have identified the key traits and characteristics that describe this remarkable type of leader.

Filled with fascinating insights from superstar CEOs, this one-of-a-kind guide puts you right on the front lines with the men and women who have transformed businesses with spectacular success. You’ll learn how to:

  • Turn around a company

    (Marvel Entertainment)

  • Build superior customer service


  • Think big and go global

    (MTV International)

  • Perform while transforming


  • Have a higher purpose


  • Innovate and make everything better

    (Eggland’s Best)

You’ll learn how CEOs think and act in good times and bad—and you’ll get a front-row seat to some of the most profitable industry game changers of our time, including AT&T Mobility, Danaher Corp. and many others.

The Transformative CEO provides a new definition of leadership. Jeffrey J. Fox and Robert Reiss show how anyone can become a transformative leader.

Find out how:

HOME DEPOT cofounder and CEO Bernie Marcus built a new model of retail culture for customers—from the ground up.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM founder and CEO Jim McCann turned the 800 number into a brand—and delivered record profits and growth.

PAUL MITCHELL SYSTEMS founder John Paul DeJoria higher purposes first—success unshared is failure.

BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (BET) CEO Robert L. Johnson founded a television network–and tranformed television.

CAMPBELL SOUP CEO Douglas Conant warmed up employee morale—and made its business hot again.

Author(s): Jeffrey J. Fox
ISBN 13: 9780071794985
Pages: 256
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Title: Don't Send a CV: And Other Controversial Rules to Help Land a Great Job

"Don't Send A CV" is all about getting the perfect job by flagrantly disregarding the conventional job-seeking methods and, instead, going for the prize position by being dynamic, daring and displaying all the winning attributes of the person everyone needs in their company. Bestselling author Jeffrey J Fox teaches you how to act like a business supremo with excellent insider advice, from how to give the best impression over a lunch interview - 'You are not there to eat!' - to how to sell yourself as an 'impact player' in a brief but selling letter - '...get your hands dirty, pick up a shovel and start shoveling to demonstrate your ability to impact that company'. The winning strategies of "Don't Send A CV" include: CV's don't sell, so learn how to market yourself; don't ask for directions, tell them how you'll do it; make a big splash, not lots of ripples; don't talk in an interview; and, answer, ask, listen and sell. With clear steps from how to find and research your ideal company, calculate your worth, preplan an interview and learn the 'job seekers' glossary', this is an uplifting book that can help readers get back in the game with a head start.
Author(s): Fox, Jeffrey J.
ISBN 13: 9780091929688
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Title: Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy Called &quot;Don't Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A&quot; (Leading at a Higher Level Series)

<p>Ken Blanchard’s Leading at a Higher Level techniques are inspiring thousands of leaders to build high-performing organizations that make life better for everyone. Now, in <i>Helping People Win at Work</i>, Blanchard and WD-40 Company leader Garry Ridge reveal how WD-40 has used Blanchard’s techniques of Partnering for Performance with every employee--achieving levels of engagement and commitment that have fortified the bottom line.</p> <p>Ridge introduces WD-40 Company’s year-round performance review system, explaining its goals, features, and the cultural changes it requires. Next, he shares his leadership point of view: what he expects of people, what they can expect of him, and where his beliefs about leadership and motivation come from. Finally, Blanchard explains why WD-40 Company’s Partnering for Performance system works so well--and how to leverage its high-value techniques in your organization. In this book, you’ll learn how to:</p> <p>· Stop building failure into your mentoring of employees</p> <p>· Set goals using the SMART approach: specific, motivational, attainable, relevant and trackable</p> <p>· Help people move through all four stages of mastery</p> <p>· Create a culture that shares knowledge and encourages nonstop learning</p> <p>“I’m thrilled that the first book in our <i>Leading at a Higher Level</i> series is with Garry Ridge, president of WD-40 Company. For years I’ve been concerned about how people’s performance is evaluated. People are often forced into a normal distribution curve, or even worse, rank ordered. Not only does this not build trust, it also does not hold managers responsible for coaching people and helping them win. The manager’s responsibility is focused on sorting people out.</p> <p>When I was a college professor, I always gave my students the final exam at the beginning of the course and spent the rest of the semester helping them answer the questions so that they could get an A. Life is all about getting As, not some stupid normal distribution curve. Garry Ridge got this, and wow! What a difference it has made in WD-40<br> Company’s performance.”</p> <p class="null1">--Ken Blanchard</p> <p>“When I first heard Ken talk about giving his final exam at the beginning of the course and then teaching students the answers so they could get an A, it blew me away. Why don’t we do that in business? So that’s exactly what I did at WD-40 Company when we set up our ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A’ performance management system. Has it made a difference? You’d better believe it. Ever since we began the system, our company’s annual sales have more than tripled, from $100 million to more than $339 million. And we’ve accomplished this feat while making the company a great place to work.”</p> <p class="null1">--Garry Ridge</p>
Author(s): Ken Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780137011711
Pages: 192
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Title: Lead with LUV: A Different Way to Create Real Success

Foreword by Herb Kelleher, Founder of Southwest Airlines

Once, there was a remarkable person who led with love. Her company succeeded where its competitors struggled. Customers were loyal, employees loved to work there, and it was profitable year after year--for decades.

Colleen Barrett began her career as an executive secretary, yet Southwest Airlines’ founder chose her to succeed him as president. When asked why, he said, “Because she knows how to love people to success.”

Lead with LUV is an extraordinary, wide-ranging conversation between Barrett and Ken Blanchard, the legendary author of The One Minute Manager. Together, they reveal why leading with love is the most powerful way to lead, how to make it work, and how it can help you achieve unprecedented business performance.

It’s not about being “soft”!

What leading with love really means in the organizational context

The real meaning of “servant leadership”

Love in action: how to make it work

Handling inappropriate behavior or performance

“Tough love,” redirection, and when to “share” your nonperformers

Sustaining leadership with love

Building the right vision and culture--and keeping them for the long haul

Author(s): Kenneth H. Blanchard
ISBN 13: 9780137039746
Pages: 158
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Title: The 48 Laws of Power

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work by the bestselling author of The 33 Strategies of War and Mastery distills 3,000 years of the history of power in to 48 well-explicated laws

As attention-grabbing in its design as it is in its content, this bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), the virtue of stealth ("Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions"), and many demand the total absence of mercy ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"), but like it or not, all have applications in real life. Illustrated through the tactics of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry Kissinger, P. T. Barnum, and other famous figures who have wielded—or been victimized by—power, these laws will fascinate any reader interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

Also look out for Robert Greene's latest book, Mastery, and discover just what it takes to be great.

Author(s): Robert Greene
ISBN 13: 9780140280197
Pages: 480
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Title: The 33 Strategies of War

Brilliant distillations of the strategies of war—and the subtle social game of everyday lifeby the bestselling author of The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery Robert Greene’s groundbreaking guides, The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, and his latest book, Mastery, espouse profound, timeless lessons from the events of history to help readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting victim, or become the greatest in your field. In The 33 Strategies of War, Greene has crafted an important addition to this ruthless and unique series. Spanning world civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and religious texts and thousands of years of violent conflict, The 33 Strategies of War is a comprehensive guide to the subtle social game of everyday life informed by the most ingenious and effective military principles in war. Structured in Greene’s trademark style, The 33 Strategies of War is the I-Ching of conflict, the contemporary companion to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Abundantly illustrated with examples from history, including the folly and genius of everyone from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. Grant, as well as movie moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, each of the thirty-three chapters outlines a strategy that will help you win life’s wars. Learn the offensive strategies that require you to maintain the initiative and negotiate from a position of strength, or the defensive strategies designed to help you respond to dangerous situations and avoid unwinnable wars. The great warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike demonstrate prudence, agility, balance, and calm, and a keen understanding that the rational, resourceful, and intuitive always defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the stupid. An indispensable book, The 33 Strategies of War provides all the psychological ammunition you need to overcome patterns of failure and forever gain the upper hand. 

Author(s): Robert F. Greene
ISBN 13: 9780143112785
Pages: 496
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Title: Mastery

Author(s): Robert Greene
ISBN 13: 9780143124177
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Title: A Nation Transformed by Information : How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present

This book makes the startling case that North Americans were getting on the "information highway" as early as the 1700's, and have been using it as a critical building block of their social, economic, and political world ever since.
By the time of the founding of the United States, there was a postal system and roads for the distribution of mail, copyright laws to protect intellectual property, and newspapers, books, and broadsides to bring information to a populace that was building a nation on the basis of an informed electorate. In the 19th century, Americans developed the telegraph, telephone, and motion pictures, inventions that further expanded the reach of information. In the 20th century they added television, computers, and the Internet, ultimately connecting themselves to a whole world of information.
From the beginning North Americans were willing to invest in the infrastructure to make such connectivity possible. This book explores what the deployment of these technologies says about American society. The editors assembled a group of contributors who are experts in their particular fields and worked with them to create a book that is fully integrated and cross-referenced.

Author(s): Alfred Dupont Chandler, James W. Cortada
ISBN 13: 9780195128147
Pages: 404
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Title: Out of the Crisis

"Long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy is required of any management that seeks transformation. The timid and the fainthearted, and the people that expect quick results, are doomed to disappointment."According to W. Edwards Deming, American companies require nothing less than a transformation of management style and of governmental relations with industry. In Out of the Crisis, originally published in 1982, Deming offers a theory of management based on his famous 14 Points for Management. Management's failure to plan for the future, he claims, brings about loss of market, which brings about loss of jobs. Management must be judged not only by the quarterly dividend, but by innovative plans to stay in business, protect investment,ensure future dividends, and provide more jobs through improved product and service. In simple,direct language, he explains the principles of management transformation and how to apply them.previously published by MIT-CAES

Author(s): W. Edwards Deming
ISBN 13: 9780262541152
Pages: 523
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