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We have provided a compilation of book reviews recommended by our Cynergy community.  To purchase, click on the book's cover image or on its "Buy Now!" link, which will take you to Amazon.com, where you can complete your order.

Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, The
by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
A lively, sensible manual for turning life's obstacles into possibilities.

 

Assertive Woman (Personal Growth), The
by Stanlee Phelps, Nancy Austin NLP
Third edition of The Assertive Woman looks forward to the promise of a new century, and a new millennium. This book is a faithful guide and inspiration to women everywhere.

Business Writer's Handbook: Seventh Edition, The
by Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, Walter E. Oliu)
"The Business Writer's Handbook is an excellent reference book, with reader-friendly sections on grammar, punctuation, and style."--Jeanne S. McPherson, University of Denver.

Causality: Models, Reasoning, and Inference
by Judea Pearl
Patrick Suppes, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University - "Without assuming much beyond elementary probability theory, Judea Pearl's book provides an attractive tour of recent work, in which he has played a central role, on causal models and causal reasoning. Due to his efforts, and that of a few others, a Renaissance in thinking and using causal concepts is taking place."

Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness, The
by Tom Peters
Business guru Tom Peters has been recognized for his originality and perception since coauthoring one of the most influential management books of all time: 1982's In Search of Excellence. Now, in his seventh work, The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness, he presents a provocative new vision for prospering in the "permanent state of flux" ruling today's business world.

Cycle of Leadership : How Great Leaders Teach Their Companies to Win, The
by Noel M. Tichy
In The Leadership Engine, Noel Tichy showed how great companies strive to create leaders at all levels of the organization, and how those leaders actively develop future generations of leaders.

Doing What You Love, Loving What You Do: The Ultimate Key to Personal Happiness and Financial Freedom
by Robert Anthony
The key to Doing What You Love, Loving What You Do is in becoming a positive, focused, self-confident and goal-oriented person. It can make the difference between dreaming your life and living your dream

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway
by Susan Jeffers
Dynamic and inspirational, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a "No-Lose" situation, and much more.

Fire Your Boss
by Stephen M. Pollan, Mark Levine
Pollan's bold and unique message begins with the idea that you must "fire your boss." By this he means you can no longer rely on your manager or your company for economic security. Instead, you must put yourself in charge of your working life.

Flight of the Buffalo : Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead
by Belasco, Ralph C. Stayer
In Flight of the Buffalo, James Belasco and Ralph C. Stayer combine expertise, insight, and passion to show how the nature of management must change if a company expects to survive in the white-knuckle world of modern business.

Get Unstuck! The Simple Guide to Restart Your Life
by John Seeley
Deepak Chopra - author of "Get Unstuck! is a great reference for anyone looking to free themselves from the obstacles in their lives."

 

Goldratt's Theory of Constraints: A Systems Approach to Continuous Improvement
by H. William Dettmer (Dettmer)
This is a wonderful example of how continuous improvement can be achieved through a systems approach.

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
by Jim Collins...
In what Collins terms a prequel to the bestseller Built to Last he wrote with Jerry Porras, this worthwhile effort explores the way good organizations can be turned into ones that produce great, sustained results.

 

Heavy Hitter Selling : How Successful Salespeople Use Language and Intuition to Persuade Customers to Buy
by Steve Martin Heavy Hitter Selling is a revolutionary new sales philosophy about the human nature of sales. It is the first book to explain what is truly at the heart of all sales how to build customer relationships, how salespeople incorporate human behavior into their strategy, and how salespeople say the right words at the right time to persuade customers to buy.

 

High Performance HR: Leveraging Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
by David S. Weiss
"This book clearly redefines the valuable role and impact HR can have in business. Particularly refreshing is the acknowledgment and definition of the link HR has with the external customer. I strongly recommend this book to all HR professionals considering a re-evaluation of their own HR function."...

Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change Series), The
by Clayton M. Christensen
Christensen writes that even the best-managed companies, in spite of their attention to customers and continual investment in new technology, are susceptible to failure no matter what the industry, be it hard drives or consumer retailing. Succinct and clearly written.

 

Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth, The
by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
Valuable tool for every aspiring upstart--whether you're inside a billion-dollar company or have a billion-dollar glimmer in your eye.

 

Leading Change
by James O'Toole
O’Toole is a master at providing insight into how to lead change initiatives.

 

Making a Living Without a Job : Winning Ways For Creating Work That You Love
by Barbara Winter "Think of someone you know who is joyfully jobless..." (more)
This inspiring new book is for all those who have ever dreamed of being their own boss, or starting their own business, as well as for those millions of Americans who are out of work, soon to be out of work, or wishing they were out of work.

 

Mind Of The Strategist: The Art of Japanese Business, The
by Kenichi Ohmae
This provocative book by a Japanese executive shows that the keys to business success in the West are the proven techniques of the Far East successful strategic planning and its conservative execution.

 

Now, Discover Your Strengths
by Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clifton
The premise of this new management study, a follow-up to Buckingham's First, Break All the Rules (S. & S., 1999), is that the most effective method for motivating people is to build on their strengths rather than correcting their weaknesses.

 

Paradox of Excellence: How Great Performance Can Kill Your Business, The
by David Mosby, Michael Weissman
Paradox of Excellence "The Paradox of Excellence is a must-read for any company executive. In today's competitive environment, it is all too easy to become ‘invisible’ to our customers and lead to undesired consequences. This book helps put into perspective issues facing many businesses today." --Garry Betty, CEO, Earthlink

 

Profit Zone : How Strategic Business Design Will Lead You to Tomorrow's Profits, The
by Adrian Slywotzky, David J. Morrison, Bob Andelman
The Profit Zone looks at how profit happens in today's customer-driven economy. The authors demonstrate why market share often leads to a "no-profit zone" and identify 22 profit models that have helped dozens of companies consistently make money.

 

Real Change Leaders : How You Can Create Growth and High Performance at Your Company
by Jon R. Katzenbach
The consulting firm McKinsey & Company supported and encouraged Katzenbach to address an issue facing all organizations change.

 

Right from the Start: Taking Charge in a New Leadership Role
by Dan Ciampa, Michael Watkins
"This book can help the recently promoted cope with those frightening career moments that arise as soon as you get what you're after."

 

Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth, The
by M. Scott Peck
By melding love, science, and religion into a primer on personal growth, M. Scott Peck launched his highly successful writing and lecturing career with this book. His willingness to expose his own life stories as well as to share the intimate stories of his anonymous therapy clients creates a compelling and heartfelt narrative.

 

Six Sigma Handbook: The Complete Guide for Greenbelts, Blackbelts, and Managers at All Levels, Revised and Expanded Edition, The
by Thomas Pyzdek
Complete, concise and understandable guide to establishing Six Sigma

 

SPIN Selling
by Neil Rackham
Essential for everyone involved in selling or managing the sales function

Strategic Outsourcing: A Structured Approach to Outsourcing Decisions and Initiatives
by Maurice F. Greaver
This book presents a complete, definitive guide to both the immediate tactical issues & the long-term strategic objectives. Provides everything you need to effectively outsource any activity, function, or process in your organization. DLC: Industrial procurement.

 

Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work
by John C. Maxwell by John C. Maxwell
Maintaining an encouraging tone and a down-to-earth writing style honed from his more than 30 previous titles, Maxwell details the impact and practical value of 11 kinds of thinking, including reflective, shared, creative, unselfish and big-picture.

 

Topgrading: How Leading Companies Win by Hiring, Coaching, and Keeping the Best People, Revised and Updated Edition
by Bradford D. Smart
An excellent tool for recruiting and selecting the best talent


What Color Is Your Parachute 2006: A Practical Manual for Jobhunters And Career (What Color Is Your Parachute)
by Richard Nelson Bolles, Mark Bolles
Focuses on the rising problem of unemployment in the current economy. Offers new techniques to help job seekers find meaningful work and mission.

 

What Should I Do with My Life? : The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question
by Po Bronson

 

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround
by Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
The former CEO of IBM tells the story of his company's amazing comeback from 1993 to 2001. Challenged by customers and employees worldwide and product-service lines that defied integration, Gerstner implemented solutions to turn the company into the integrated business giant it is today.

 

Why Smart Executives Fail: And What You Can Learn from Their Mistakes
by Sydney Finkelstein
Is there a more timely topic for a business book than brilliant executives running their companies into the ground? Dartmouth business professor Finkelstein has been on the case for six years, researching how otherwise intelligent people can manage to botch things up.

 

Wishcraft : How to Get What You Really Want (Paperback)
by Barbara Sher, Annie Gottlieb
One of the most popular books among those who want their lives to count for something. Barbara Sher is to be commended, for making hope practical. - RICHARD NELSON BOLLES - Author of What Color Is Your Parachute?

 

World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Hardcover), The
by Thomas L. Friedman
What Friedman means by "flat" is "connected": the lowering of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with billions of other people across the planet.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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