Summaries of the Week

Innovation the NASA Way

Innovation the NASA Way

NASA has built its reputation as one of the most groundbreaking organizations in the world by continuously delivering innovation for more than 50 years. In Innovation the NASA Way, author and NASA insider Rod Pyle provides readers with true stories of the behind-the-scenes creativity and management skills that facilitated everything from Neil Armstrong walking on the moon to the development of the space tourism industry.

Pyle, Rod
Kiss Your But Goodbye

Kiss Your But Goodbye

Everyone has flaws, but many people fail to realize how their flaws are impeding their career progress. For people to reach their potential, they need to recognize and manage their “BUTs,” the shortcomings that hold them back. When colleagues, managers, and senior leaders talk about others, they almost always discuss their weaknesses in the same way.

Azelby, Joe
Nonstop Sales Boom

Nonstop Sales Boom

The sales cycle is often unpredictable, involving extensive time chasing leads and tunnel vision focus on closing the deal. The typical cycle results in inconsistent and sometimes disappointing sales numbers. The roller coaster cycle can be stressful, frustrating, and, as is often the case, unsuccessful. In Nonstop Sales Boom, Colleen Francis presents a new way of thinking about the sales cycle and in fact, refers to the new process as just that—a continuous process rather than a cycle.

Francis, Colleen
The E-Factor

The E-Factor

While entrepreneurs have always faced complex obstacles, today’s digital landscape has introduced an entirely new set of challenges for launching and sustaining successful businesses. In The E-Factor, Adrie Reinders and Marion Freijsen provide readers with the tools and techniques needed to secure funding, connect with customers, and develop effective online marketing strategies.

Reinders, Adrie
Jumping the S-Curve

Jumping the S-Curve

In Jumping the S-Curve, Paul Nunes and Tim Breene is provide a practical guide for companies that want to stay at the top of their industries, year after year. Arguing that the natural course of most successful businesses is an “S-curve” of successful growth followed by a leveling off, the authors provide advice for businesses looking to jump to the next curve. Providing tips for both climbing the S-curve and jumping to the next one, the authors also suggests ways for organizations to prepare for expected changes in the future.

Nunes, Paul
Seven Strategy Questions

Seven Strategy Questions

Success in today’s relentlessly competitive marketplace depends not only on choosing the right strategy, but also on executing that strategy in a consistent and efficient way. On a day-to-day basis, it is not easy to allocate resources appropriately, make tradeoffs between creativity and control, and ensure that all employees share and pursue the same goals. In Seven Strategy Questions, Robert Simons provides the key questions that managers should ask and discuss with their teams to get everyone focused on pivotal choices.

Simons, Robert
There Is an I in Team

There Is an I in Team

In There Is an I in Team, Mark De Rond draws on his firsthand knowledge of high-performing sports teams to explore and debunk commonly held beliefs regarding teamwork in business settings. He explores the reasons why teams comprised of high-achieving employees might not exceed the sum of their parts and explains the balancing act inherent in obtaining the best performance from individual team members, as well as the team as a whole.

De Rond, Mark