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Fearless Performance Reviews

Fearless Performance Reviews

Evaluating employee performance is a difficult but necessary task, often fraught with anxiety, defensiveness, and sometimes anger for both the reviewer and those being reviewed. In Fearless Performance Reviews, Jeffrey and Linda Russell have drawn upon their extensive experience with their consulting practice and skill-building workshops to develop a better path to the performance review by describing a review process in which both parties are at ease discussing the truth and are able to focus on insight and learning.

Russell, Jeffrey
Your Network Is Your Net Worth

Your Network Is Your Net Worth

In Your Network Is Your Net Worth, Porter Gale promotes the power of social capital to improve productivity, enlarge professional options, and improve the overall quality of life by building a network of genuine personal and professional relationships. Gale emphasizes that when people identify their passions and purposes to organize networking around their values and beliefs, it becomes much easier to achieve lasting affiliations, personal transformations, and earning opportunities that lead to success and happiness.

Gale, Porter
Emote

Emote

Most professionals do not understand public speaking at a fundamental level. Instead of trying to engage listeners with their messages through real human emotion, they opt for an overly prescriptive approach. In Emote, MIT-trained engineer and researcher Vikas Gopal Jhingran provides the unique, emotion-based approach to speechmaking that facilitated his own transformation from a poor public speaker to the Toastmasters 2007 World Champion of Public Speaking.

Gopal Jhingran, Vikas
The New Corporate Facts of Life

The New Corporate Facts of Life

Though many people think the government holds the ultimate responsibility for solving society’s problems, in today’s rapidly changing world it is businesses that will harness the forces of change to create a better, healthier, and more sustainable world. There are numerous forces at work that are impacting both businesses and social systems. Businesses that understand and leverage these New Corporate Facts of Life (NCFOL) will be those that both lead in the market place and lead the charge to solve society’s many problems.

Rivenburgh, Diana
Successful Acquisitions

Successful Acquisitions

About three-quarters of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) fail to yield the positive outcomes the initiating companies expected. The failure rate is so high because most M&As are reactive, often impulse buys that occur when one company learns another company is for sale, rather than proactive, prompted by a company’s considered decision to strategically expand through acquisition. In Successful Acquisitions, M&A expert David Braun provides a roadmap executives can follow to make the right deals for strategic growth.

Braun, David
I Hear You

I Hear You

In I Hear You, Donny Ebenstein presents a blueprint for business professionals that outlines how they can learn how to communicate in a kind and constructive manner that helps to get things done. By showing people how to alter established mental patterns, Ebenstein sets the stage for business professionals at all stages of their careers to become better at the difficult conversations that can cause conflict in the workplace. He teaches people how to shift perspective, overcome their own defenses, and make important changes happen in the workplace.

Ebenstein, Donny
Killer Presentations with Your iPad

Killer Presentations with Your iPad

The arrival of the iPad and its many apps has opened the doors to new ways of delivering presentations and winning business. In Killer Presentations with Your iPad, Ray Anthony and Bob LeVitus illustrate how companies who reinvent themselves and utilize the latest innovations will have the most longevity and growth, and companies who do not will be left behind.

Anthony, Ray