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The Advantage

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The founder of The Table Group consulting firm and author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team argues that organizational health is the most important factor in determining success, sharing anecdotal examples that demonstrate the power of non-political, cohesive operations and consistent management.
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 03/13/2012
Book details: 216 pages.

The Happiness Advantage

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Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work. Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines: • The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look. • The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones. • Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.
Author: Shawn Achor
Published by Currency on 09/14/2010
Book details: 256 pages.

The Keystone Advantage

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Today, many companies operate within a complex network of firms that all depend on each other for success. In this book, authors Marco Iansiti and Roy Levien use the powerful example of biological ecosystems to show how companies can leverage these emerging business networks for long-term success. The book's title, "The Keystone Advantage", is taken directly from biology - it refers to "keystone species", which proactively maintain the healthy functioning of their entire ecosystem for a simple reason: their own survival depends on it. In the same way, say the authors, companies can protect and ensure their own success by deliberately fostering the combined health of the network they operate in.
Published by Harvard Business Press on 07/20/2019
Book details: 255 pages.

Regional Advantage

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Why is it that business in California's Silicon Valley flourished while along Route 128 in Massachusetts declined in the 90s? The answer, Saxenian suggests, has to do with the fact that despite similar histories and technologies, Silicon Valley developed a decentralized but cooperative industrial system while Route 128 came to be dominated by independent, self-sufficient corporations. The result of more than one hundred interviews, this compelling analysis highlights the importance of local sources of competitive advantage in a volatile world economy.
Published by Harvard University Press on 03/01/1996
Book details: 226 pages.

Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries

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Europe's place in the world throughout the narrative and in the primary source feature, The Global Record. The seventh edition has been carefully revised and edited for greater accessibility, and features a streamlined design that incorporates pedagogical features such as focus questions, key terms, and section summaries to better support students of western civilization. The reconceived narrative and restructured organization, featuring smaller, more cohesive learning units, lend to greater ease of use for both students and instructors. History CourseMate, a set of media-rich study tools with interactive eBook that gives students access to quizzes, flashcards, primary sources, videos and more, are available for this new edition. (CourseMate may be bundled with the text or purchased separately.) Available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: BEYOND BOUNDARIES, Seventh Edition Complete, Volume I: To 1715, Volume II: Since 1560, Volume A: To 1500, Volume B: 1300-1815, and Volume C: Since 1789. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Published by Cengage Learning on 01/01/2013
Book details: 976 pages.

Bargaining for Advantage

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An authoritative guide to business negotiation explores the complex psychological factors in each bargaining situation and examines six key leverage points that promote bargaining success. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Published by Penguin on 07/20/2019
Book details: 294 pages.

Home Advantage

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This historical and sociological survey of two communities looks into the relation between parents and teachers of different social classes and puts forward the argument that social class, independent of ability, does affect schooling, because of the availability of money and time.
Published by Rowman & Littlefield on 01/01/2000
Book details: 262 pages.

Competitive Advantage of Nations

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Now beyond its eleventh printing and translated into twelve languages, Michael Porter’s The Competitive Advantage of Nations has changed completely our conception of how prosperity is created and sustained in the modern global economy. Porter’s groundbreaking study of international competitiveness has shaped national policy in countries around the world. It has also transformed thinking and action in states, cities, companies, and even entire regions such as Central America. Based on research in ten leading trading nations, The Competitive Advantage of Nations offers the first theory of competitiveness based on the causes of the productivity with which companies compete. Porter shows how traditional comparative advantages such as natural resources and pools of labor have been superseded as sources of prosperity, and how broad macroeconomic accounts of competitiveness are insufficient. The book introduces Porter’s “diamond,” a whole new way to understand the competitive position of a nation (or other locations) in global competition that is now an integral part of international business thinking. Porter's concept of “clusters,” or groups of interconnected firms, suppliers, related industries, and institutions that arise in particular locations, has become a new way for companies and governments to think about economies, assess the competitive advantage of locations, and set public policy. Even before publication of the book, Porter’s theory had guided national reassessments in New Zealand and elsewhere. His ideas and personal involvement have shaped strategy in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Portugal, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and India, and regions such as Massachusetts, California, and the Basque country. Hundreds of cluster initiatives have flourished throughout the world. In an era of intensifying global competition, this pathbreaking book on the new wealth of nations has become the standard by which all future work must be measured.
Published by Simon and Schuster on 05/31/2011
Book details: 896 pages.

Playing Advantage

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After four years study, Anderson Woodbury is required to conduct and submit a dissertation. He has a topic: the analysis and control of psychological tension; but still needs to persuade a faculty member to be his PhD advisor. His ongoing involvement in university politics, and refusal to compromise his beliefs, test the goodwill of even his closest friends and supporters, including his life-long friend and confidante, April Brooker. Just one year out from completing his studies, he may have to throw it all away, unless a means can be found to align conflicting interests and thwart those who seek to destroy him.Other titles in this series include: Games of ConsequenceOther Books by John Dutch include:April Brooker April Brooker: The Tournament April Brooker and Emily McLean April Brooker: The FamilySunshine When I Need a Hand
Author: John Dutch
Published by iUniverse on 02/01/2002
Book details: 344 pages.

The Bipolar Advantage

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Based on Wootton's Bipolar in Order Seminar that he has developed over the past two years, this book focuses on the positive approach to the bipolar condition. It is about coming to an acceptance of oneself while striving to become a better person.
Author: Tom Wootton
Published by Bipolar Advantage Publishing on 10/01/2005
Book details: 200 pages.
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