Summaries of the Week

The Talent Equation

The Talent Equation

A massive amount of data is routinely collected and stored by human resources departments, but rarely used to help companies find, train, and retain the right employees. In The Talent Equation, the CEO of CareerBuilder, Matt Ferguson, and two information sciences scholars, Lorin Hitt and Prasanna Tambe, explain how and why HR professionals can benefit from big data analytics.

Ferguson, Matt
Leadership

Leadership

Society needs leaders who can see the future and implement new ideas more than ever. Employees today have more demands than they have ever had; they want to do more than just work, they want to feel as though they are a part of something bigger. Great leaders were not born with their skills—they had to work at them. The best way to develop leadership skills is by studying other great leaders and learning what it was that made them so great. In Leadership, Brian Tracy lays out the qualities and behaviors that encompass great leaders.

Tracy, Brian
Nothing Is Impossible

Nothing Is Impossible

Success does not depend on having wealth, a big name, an Ivy League education, or an unusual amount of talent. In Nothing Is Impossible, Tom Oliver argues that being successful comes from having a clear vision of the ultimate goal, the passion to follow that dream, and the ability to overcome self-doubt. Throughout the book, Oliver refers to his own transformation from a stuttering, troubled schoolboy into a man who is successful in several different disciplines.

Oliver, Tom
Influence

Influence

In Influence, Robert B. Cialdini combines experimental research with real world immersion studies in different professions and situations over three years to analyze the power of influence. Although the tactics he used to persuade others are numerous, Cialdini discovered the majority of people fall into one of six primary categories: reciprocation, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity. These categories are used as “weapons of influence” to persuade people to make decisions they otherwise would not have made.

Cialdini, Robert B.
Factory Physics for Managers

Factory Physics for Managers

Factory Physics for Managers teaches managers and executives how to consistently achieve high cash flow, low costs, and excellent customer service by gaining a scientific understanding of their operations. Through an exploration of the basic principles of Factory Physics, Edward S. Pound, Jeffrey H. Bell, and Mark L. Spearman provide readers with a practical guide to managing manufacturing, service, and supply-chain operations.

Pound, Edward S.
Opportunity Knocking

Opportunity Knocking

Opportunities abound for those who are willing to seize them and put in the work required to achieve their goals. Successful people share the key traits of passion, persistence, and confidence. They also have the courage to accept failure as a possibility, but they do not let it stop them on their way to achieving their goals. In Opportunity Knocking, Lori Ann LaRocco shows readers how to pursue opportunities using the opportunity pyramid. Each layer of the pyramid is illustrated through case studies of some of the most successful company leaders.

LaRocco, Lori Ann
Rebooting the American Dream

Rebooting the American Dream

Thom Hartmann has a plan to rejuvenate the American economy and give citizens of the United States their dreams back. In Rebooting the American Dream, Hartmann uses Alexander Hamilton’s 11-point plan from 1791 as an example for getting America back on track. In the wake of 30 devastating years of Reaganomics, America has lost its industrial-based economy. The domino effect of this loss has reached everything from the military, to politics, to national health care. Hartmann cites such a fundamental shift in structure as an enormous threat to the future of the country.

Hartmann, Thom