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  • Ignited: Managers! Light Up Your Company and Career: For More Power, More Purpose, and More Success, by Vince Thompson, Financial Times Press, 2007, “… will teach you how to transform your organization, create better relationships with your team and bosses and make the best use of your networks and resources. Perhaps most importantly, Thompson shows how you can gain more leverage and power than you thought possible, and use this power to realize your visions for both the company and yourself.” Kirkus, 2006.
  • Understanding Workplace Violence: A Guide for Managers And Employees, by Michele A. Paludi, Praeger, 2006.”… a thoughtful and measured practicum from which to observe and handle workplace events, which, unfortunately, are escalating. … [with] actual case histories, occasional interviews with experts and field HR professionals, plus ready-to-use statements, procedures, and other tools.” Booklist, Jan 2007.

    “In a concise introduction to the philosophy of the 20th century’s most distinguished business theoretician, Edersheim explores the insights that have shaped management thinking from the 1940s through the 1990s. Drucker himself chose Edersheim to interview him, based on her previous book (McKinsey’s Marvin Bower, about the man who built the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company), but he had in mind a biography of his ideas, not a traditional bio. Edersheim blends brief summaries of Drucker’s thinking on various management topics (innovation, customers, leadership, decision making) with examples of how his ideas have been practiced at specific organizations and comments from contemporary business leaders. She doesn’t try to trace the development of Drucker’s ideas over time; instead, she focuses on the challenges managers face today and tries to cull useful advice for tackling them from Drucker’s writings. ” PW, 12/06.

    “What does it mean to be a socially responsible company? As Arena (Cause for Success ) points out, the matter is up for debate, with some environmentalists criticizing corporate “green” programs as PR stunts, while capitalist hard-liners insist companies have no business looking after anything but profit. For Arena, however, corporate responsibility isn’t about broad themes like doing the right thing or making the world a better place, and it doesn’t have to be a financial burden. Seeing business, society and the environment as parts of a linked system, she calls upon companies to “establish a purpose that’s bigger than the end product.” Instituting environment-friendly programs, for example, isn’t just a matter of being green, but of developing financially sound practices that make the company more efficient. To illustrate her points, she draws liberally upon case studies from companies like JetBlue that work to “play by the rules and advance the ball,” as well as companies like Merck, whose relationships with consumers and stakeholders have suffered after missteps. The well-presented evidence buttresses a forceful argument that companies that care about more than making money can still succeed.” PW, 11/06.

    “This guide to interviewing prospective job candidates suggests drawing on questions about the person’s previous job experience to judge their abilities and future performance. Hoevemeyer describes Competency-Based Behavioral Interviewing and provides approximately 700 questions ranging from analytical skills and communication to decision-making and motivation. She also discusses follow-up questions, telephone screening interviews, creating forms, and compiling data. Hoevemeyer is an independent consultant in organizational development.” Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

    From the publisher:”Clear and down-to-earth, this step-by-step guide explains how to effectively spearhead every stage of a project—from developing the goals and objectives to managing the project team—and make project management work in any company.”

    From the publisher: “The customizable letters, e-mails, faxes, memos, press releases and fliers in the book and on the CD-ROM will exceed your expectations. With samples in sales, customer service, purchasing, performance reviews, announcements, permit applications, thank yous and more, you’re sure to find a letter to fit every business situation. This complete guide to business communication also covers every question you may have about the written word.

    • When to use letters instead of phone calls, e-mails or memos
    • Whether to use regular mail or a delivery service
    • When to seek legal advice on your correspondence
    • How to avoid the most common grammatical pitfalls
    • How to develop your own writing style

    Internet Sites

    • Free Management Library – “There are approximately 650 topics in the Library, spanning 5,000 links. Topics include the most important practices to start, develop, operate, evaluate and resolve problems in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Each topic has additionally recommended books and related Library topics.”
    • Business Management & Advice: Small Business Resources & Information – From Business Week Magazine, this site provides articles, advice, and lots of information for small business owners & managers.
    • BetterManagement.com – “provides articles, webcasts, and conferences addressing Performance Management, Financial Management, Business Intelligence, IT Management, and other critical management interests.”