Suddenly Incharhge

Suddenly Incharhge

Recommendation Leadership expert and four-time author Roberta Chinsky Matuson knows that to succeed you must manage your relationship with your boss and with those who report to you. Her book features a unique format: Start at the front of the...

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Up Is Not The Only Way

Up Is Not The Only Way

Recommendation Today’s employees want meaningful work and a better work-life balance. Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart – three consultants who’ve experienced the six possible career paths covered here – offer a manual about the...

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The Ethics of Influence

The Ethics of Influence

RECOMMENDATION To get people to do what they want, organizations use influence, manipulation, deception and – in the case of the government – direct punishment. Legal scholar and ethicist Cass R. Sunstein addresses these difficult issues...

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The Elements of Power

The Elements of Power

RECOMMENDATION Executive development expert Terry R. Bacon analyzes the meaningful “elements of power” at the individual and organizational levels. He offers examples of individuals who have prospered or floundered in leadership positions in...

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The Tyranny of Metrics

The Tyranny of Metrics

RECOMMENDATION Professor Jerry Z. Muller says today’s society has a “metric fixation” – an obsession with measuring, ostensibly to fuel improvements and publicize the results of their tallies in the name of transparency and accountability. Muller...

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The Long-Distance Leader

The Long-Distance Leader

RECOMMENDATION The Project Management Institute reports that 90% of project teams now include one or, often, more workers who operate from different locations than their supervisors and teammates. Nearly 80% of managers now supervise a worker or...

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Publicity for Nonprofits

Publicity for Nonprofits

Take-Aways Create a publicity campaign for your nonprofit that prepares, shapes and controls your message. Evaluate the campaign to see it if helps the nonprofit reach its goals. Publicity is a distinct category of public relations; the two are...

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Directors’ Dilemmas

Directors’ Dilemmas

Recommendation You rarely find a good advice book for directors, since publishers presumably believe that its audience would be small and that, in any case, those sitting on corporate boards ought to know what they are doing. But as the infamous...

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Mastering Civility

Mastering Civility

Recommendation How people treat each other matters. “Incivility” in the workplace is rampant and worsening. Organizations that ignore or allow bullying, rudeness, and other disrespectful behaviors suffer lost productivity and employee...

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Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach

RECOMMENDATION Heavy but invaluable reading, this book presents the results of author David H. Maister’s study of 139 offices of 29 professional service - more specifically, marketing and communications - firms in 15 countries. His objective was...

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