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What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

by Malcolm Gladwell

What is the difference between choking and panicking? Why are there dozens of varieties of mustard-but only one variety of ketchup? What do football players teach us about how to hire teachers? What does hair dye tell us about the history of the 20th century? 

In the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has written three books that have radically changed how we understand our world and ourselves: The Tipping PointBlink; and Outliers. Now, in What the Dog Saw, he brings together, for the first time, the best of his writing from The New Yorker over the same period.

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Who Owns The Ice House?: Eight Life Lessons From an Unlikely Entrepreneur

by Gary Schoeniger and Clifton Taulbert

Who Owns the Ice House? is a true story that takes place in the Mississippi Delta at the height of legal segregation. This was a time when opportunities for African-Americans were limited by cultural and legal constraints that were beyond their control. For most, it was a time and place where opportunities seemed out of reach. Yet, and ordinary man named Uncle Cleve stood out as someone who defied convention and triumphed over adversity as an entrepreneur.

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Awesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas Into Action

by John Spence

The six core strategies to elevate any business-and how to implement them-made simple. What do the world's most successful companies and organization have in common? And what can you actually take away and use from their examples? Distilling the best fundamental business strategies, trusted advisor and strategist John Spence helps you take a hard look at your business and together develop specific plans and action steps that will allow you to dramatically improve the success of your company.

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Chief Executive Succession Planning

Chief Executive Succession Planning

by Nancy R. Axelrod

How ready are you for a leadership transition? In Chief Executive Succession Planning, author Nancy R. Axelrod explains why it is important for your board to have a leadership transition plan whether or not you anticipate an upcoming executive search. Learn how to devise an ongoing chief executive officer succession plan that is linked to the strategic planning, mission, and vision of your organization. Help your board prepare for the future by tying the needs of the organization into the chief executive officer job description and chief executive officer evaluation. Available through BoardSource with member and non-member pricing.

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How To Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You: A Practical Guide To Working Effectively With a Board For Both New and Experienced CEOs

by Martin M. Coyne II

From Martin M. Coyne II-professional board director, former EVP at Eastman Kodak, and senior advisor to CEOs and boards of directors-comes How to Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You. In today’s complicated and high-stress corporate environment, there is unparalleled pressure on CEOs and their boards to rise above previous expectations and perform at sometimes soaring levels demanded by shareholders and, in many cases, Wall Street. When CEOs and board members become complacent in their commitment to a sustained and successful relationship, the corporation suffers. With the guidance laid out in Coyne’s pragmatic, hands-on style, CEOs, board members, and senior executives aspiring to become CEOs gain a richer understanding of the art of corporate governance, the strategies that maximize the efficacy of operating plans and business models, as well as a guide to successfully interfacing with key committees and the individuals comprising them.

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Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

by Mark Goulston M.D.

The first make-or-break step in persuading anyone to do any thing is getting them to hear you out. Whether the person is a harried colleague, a stressed-out client, or an insecure spouse, things will go from bad to worse if you can't break through emotional barricades. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist, business consultant, and coach, and backed by the latest scientific research, author Mark Goulston shares simple but power ful techniques readers can use to really get through to people--whether they're coworkers, friends, strangers, or enemies. Getting through is a fine art but a critical one. With the help of this groundbreaking book readers will be able to turn the "impossible" and "unreachable" people in their lives into allies, devoted customers, loyal colleagues, and lifetime friends.

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No Risk No Reward: Mergers of Membership Associations and Nonprofits

by Louise C. Dickmeyer

No Risk - No Reward: Mergers of Membership Associations and Nonprofits is a straightforward discussion on the process of merging two nonprofits or membership associations. It provides a practical guide to merging nonprofit organizations a topic of interest to a growing number of nonprofit leaders as they seek to continue to provide services in an era of reduced resources. The book aims to provide general direction to staffs and board members involved in mergers to help prepare for the complexity of the process and avoid the inherent pitfalls. The book by Minnesota-based nonprofit consultant, Louise Dickmeyer, writes from personal experience. As president and chief executive officer of Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, she learned first-hand the difficulties and complexities of merging nonprofits in 2001 when her organization merged with the Bloomington (Minn.) Chamber of Commerce. In the book, Dickmeyer uses the merger as a case study and shares insights gained through years of consulting to nonprofit and membership organizations. No Risk- No Reward: Mergers of Membership Associations and Nonprofits addresses the increasing need for mergers as a strategy for coping with shrinking financial and leadership resources. The book also provides helpful how-to information on key aspects of mergers, including finances, governance, legal considerations, the integration of cultures and the role of communications in merger success.

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Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable--Includes new bonus chapter

by Seth Godin

You're either a Purple Cow or you're not. You're either remarkable or invisible. Make your choice. 

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So What?: How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience

by Mark Magnacca

Supercharge your success by answering the one question everyone cares about, So What?: How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience contains practical techniques, examples, and exercises proven with thousands of winning salespeople, straight from Mark Magnacca, one of the world’s leading sales consultants.

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Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow

by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

In recent years, while continuing to learn more about strengths, Gallup scientists have also been examining decades of data on the topic of leadership. They studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted more than 20,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed more than 10,000 followers around the world to ask exactly why they followed the most important leader in their life.

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