101 Home Office Success Secrets

101 Home Office Success Secrets

Recommendation Often, books that offer "101 tips" or "201 strategies" end up being a hodge-podge of interesting, yet unconnected ideas. In most cases, you are lucky to find even a handful of ideas you can actually use. This is not one of those...

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101 Tips for Telecommuters

101 Tips for Telecommuters

Recommendation Debra A. Dinnocenzo has written a friendly, informal and sometimes humorous book for people who are or want to become telecommuters. Using her firsthand experiences, the author covers a broad range of tricky issues that...

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9 Ways to Make Work More Human

9 Ways to Make Work More Human

RECOMMENDATION Strong relationships among co-workers lead to more lively, dynamic company cultures. Helping people bond may require nudging them to open up and become vulnerable. New York-based journalist Kara Cutruzzula lists nine exercises that...

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Managing Change Across Corporate Cultures

Managing Change Across Corporate Cultures

RECOMMENDATION Consultants Fons Trompenaars and Peter Prud’homme thoroughly explore issues in corporate culture, and focus on managing change across disparate cultures. They first review milestones in business publishing, tracing the ebb and flow...

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Organizing Genius

Organizing Genius

RECOMMENDATION Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman describe the qualities that generate "Great Groups," capable of meaningful creative collaborations. Despite the myth of individual achievement and heroic leadership, the authors delve into...

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Cultural DNA

Cultural DNA

RECOMMENDATION Discussing intrinsic differences inherent in certain groups can be uncomfortable, since it can sometimes wrongly assume a hierarchy of good-to-bad, and it can sound like stereotyping or even racism. Business psychologist Gurnek...

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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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The Diversity Code

The Diversity Code

RECOMMENDATION Author Michelle T. Johnson promises not to “sugarcoat diversity,” and she delivers. Johnson – shocking, funny, smart and insightful – has worked as a diversity consultant and employment attorney, and has reflected on her own life...

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Lead Right For Your Company’s Type

Lead Right For Your Company’s Type

RECOMMENDATION An oil-drilling field boss hired a sensitivity consultant to work with his crew. The consultant asked the crew members to describe their feelings for each other. They were uncomfortable and silent. This was a misapplication of...

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Manage Your Day-to-Day

Manage Your Day-to-Day

Editor Jocelyn K. Glei offers a selection of practices that leaders use to encourage inspiration and to avoid multitasking. To help your ideas bloom, she says, structure time for your own creativity. Her fascinating compilation, part of the 99U...

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The One Minute Negotiator

The One Minute Negotiator

People intensely dislike negotiating. This is true for everyone, including senior business professionals. This dread may derive from the mistaken attitude that negotiation must be a win- lose confrontation. Not so, according to Don Hutson and...

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Getting to Yes

Getting to Yes

Authors Roger Fisher, William L. Ury and Bruce M. Patton offer a seminal step-by-step guide to negotiating effectively. The authors use anecdotal examples to illustrate both positive and negative negotiating techniques. They believe that, with...

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