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In The 5 Choices, Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill, and Leena Rinne explain how extraordinary productivity and personal fulfillment is attainable for everyone—it just requires making the right choices when it comes to managing decisions, attention, and energy. The authors present a matrixed and logical process for choosing, on an ongoing basis, how and where to best spend one’s time and attention in order to create a productive and fulfilled life. http://www.bizsum.com/summaries/5-choices
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John Browne was the chief executive at BP when he was forced out of the closet by the national press. His ex-boyfriend sold their story for a large sum of money, and despite being a successful and respected executive, Browne resigned from his position and the company. To him, there was no other solution. He believed that his sexual orientation would prevent potential business partners from giving him the same respect they did when he was in the closet. In The Glass Closet, Browne recounts his personal story and uses stories from other LGBT professionals to paint a picture of what it is like to be gay in the workplace. He uses statistics, interviews, and personal reflections to show that being out in the workplace is not only good for individuals, it is good for business.
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In The New IT, Jill Dyché helps IT leaders understand how aligning their departments with corporate strategy can help their companies become more competitive by driving innovation. Dyché shows IT leaders that to induce change and forge new IT identities, they must honestly assess where they want their organizations to go and what is driving the need for change. They must identify the challenges faced by IT and decide what the ideal state should be, assess which IT assets will truly support their organizations, and drive delivery.
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Leadership is everywhere and can come from anyone; organizations just need to know where to look. This is the premise behind The Hidden Leader by Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain. Every business has hidden leaders—those who act like leaders, regardless of their positions or job descriptions. Managers who know how to discover and develop these hidden leaders can give their organizations a competitive edge. Hidden leaders display integrity, lead through relationships, focus on results, and are customer-purposed. Organizations that focus on the skills and characteristics of hidden leaders can create cultures that have positive impacts on all employees.
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By following the nine-step framework detailed by Jeffrey W. Pryor and Alexandra Mitchell in Compassionate Careers, young people can discover what they truly care about, explore their opportunities, build their connections, and get started in their pursuits of compassionate careers. The framework can be applied to navigate young people toward the paths that will bring meaning into both their work and personal lives.
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Rising to Power by Ron A. Carucci and Eric C. Hansen provides a handbook for executives who aspire to greatness. The authors argue that exceptional executives often face many of the same obstacles and frustrations as they transition into new leadership positions. In a world where an increasing number of CEO and executive positions are being filled because of the unexpected failures of predecessors, it is more important than ever that new leaders are aware of the potential pitfalls of entering into new management roles.
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Many large, long-standing companies have gone out of business because they did not possess agility, and statistics show that only 1 out of 10 startups is successful because the others do not know how to scale. However, in Design to Grow, David Butler and Linda Tischler explain how designing on purpose can help companies scale and be agile. By defining design and explaining how it can be used, they show readers how to stay ahead of the competition by embracing collaboration, objectively evaluating every aspect of the business, and factoring in external elements that play a large role in any organization’s success.
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Culture plays a significant role in a company’s overall performance. While people’s behaviors and attitudes vary based on how they may feel on a given day, organizations aim for consistency and logic. When employees and organizations work together, they each perform better. In Above the Line, Michael Henderson explains how corporate cultures are created and how they can be leveraged to increase business performance and engage employees.
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Spurred by the prevalence of mindless misery in the workplace, Dr. Stephen McKenzie penned Mindfulness at Work in an attempt to introduce the meditative discipline of mindfulness to today’s modern professionals. By offering helpful tips on integrating mindfulness practices into people’s everyday jobs, Dr. McKenzie explores how forging meaningful connections results in positive health benefits, increased job satisfaction, and improved performance.
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People are naturally selfish, scared, and stupid, yet society sees these as negative attributes. To fit into the norm, people fight these tendencies and force themselves into more acceptable behaviors, often failing miserably and blaming themselves for not being able to meet unreasonable expectations. Being selfish, scared, and stupid does not have to be seen as a negative. Once understood, people can turn these behaviors around and use them to achieve positive results. In Selfish, Scared & Stupid, Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan offer techniques on how to turn negative behaviors into powerful positive motivators. 
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In Kill the Company, Lisa Bodell argues that the risk-adverse, “zombie” cultures of most companies are incompatible with the innovation they wish to achieve. In order to achieve their companies’ long-term goals, leaders must work to transform their negative, complacent workplaces into positive ones where employees are encouraged to think creatively, experiment, and question the norm. Bodell provides readers with insight into the true nature of innovation as well as tools from her innovation research and training firm, futurethink, to accomplish it.
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In The Unfinished Leader, David L. Dotlich, Peter C. Cairo, and Cade Cowan provide a complete and impactful assessment of leadership in the ever-changing world of business. They believe CEOs, executives, and managers are equipped with the knowledge and data essential in making the right choices in relating to employees, partners, and stakeholders. 
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Business Book Summaries (BBS) provides comprehensive, concise summaries of the best business books available. Using stringent criteria, only the top business books published each year are selected to be summarized.  More than 260 summaries are produced each year…that’s one each business day.  The BBS Library includes more than 1,000 summaries of the top business books from the last 20 years, and is constantly growing.   The summaries are available in a range of formats, from text to PDF to MP3 to PowerPoint to PDA. 

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