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  Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | 9:51 AM ET

Wait! What? Why We Get 'Sidetracked' and Veer Off Course

Posted By Francesca Gino, Author "Sidetracked"
Sidetracked by Francesca Gino
Source: amazon.com

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by Francesca Gino author of "Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan."

I know of a product manager working for a software start-up who spent many hours preparing for an important meeting. His goal was to gather his team's opinions on what features to include in the new release of the company's software product.

During the meeting, however, the product manager showed such enthusiasm for his own plan of action that his team members assumed he was unwilling to listen to their ideas.

His strong confidence sidetracked him from his initial plan of welcoming the team's suggestions.

(Read More: Are You Cursed by Your Own Success?)

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  Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 12:09 PM ET

Innovation Killer: Are You Cursed by Your Own Success?

Posted By Gerard J. Tellis, Author of "Unrelenting Innovation"
Unrelenting Innovation by Gerard Tellis
Source: amazon.com

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by Gerard J. Tellis, author of "Unrelenting Innovation: How to Build a Culture for Market Dominance."

Today's companies face a paradox.

The creation of a radical innovation brings with it success, market dominance, and profits. But that very success generates complacency and arrogance, which blind the firm to the next big innovation.

Indeed, firms are in greatest danger of failing when they are at the peak of their success.

My coauthors and I call this the incumbent's curse – cursed by one's own success.

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  Wednesday, 6 Mar 2013 | 11:57 AM ET

You Can't Buy Customer Loyalty: New Book

Posted By Doug Levy and Bob Garfield, Authors, "Can't Buy Me Like"
Can't Buy Like by, Bob Garfield and Doug Levy
Source: by Portfolio/Penguin

Adapted from "CAN'T BUY ME LIKE: HOW AUTHENTIC CUSTOMER CONNECTIONS DRIVE SUPERIOR RESULTS." Published by Portfolio/Penguin. Copyright (c) Bob Garfield and Doug Levy, 2013.

Secret. Panera. Patagonia. Schwab. Krispy Kreme. Method. Louisville Slugger. Zappos. There are many a shining example of purpose-driven companies. But how does one isolate that brand purpose— the idea that inspires what you do and informs every action you take by getting to the core of why you do it?

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  Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 11:50 AM ET

I've Had Enough! Setting Boundaries with the Boss

Posted By Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Author "The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment"
The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment by Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Source: amazon.com
The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by Elizabeth Grace Saunders author of, "The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success With Less Stress."

Let's face it. In today's economy you know that you're fortunate to have a job so you can hesitate to admit when you feel overwhelmed. You don't want to come across as incapable or ungrateful so you just suck it up and hope that things will get better soon. The only problem is when they don't… and you realize if you don't start to set some boundaries that you'll burn out.

(Read More: 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2013)

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  Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 10:39 AM ET

2013 The Year of M&A? Beating the Odds of Failure

Posted By Gregory P. Shea, PhD, and Cassie A. Solomon, Co-authors,"Leading Successful Change"
Source: Amazon.com

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by: Gregory P. Shea, PhD, and Cassie A. Solomon co-authors of,"Leading Successful Change: 8 Keys to Making Change Work."

Leading a major change effort in any organization, let alone a large and complex one, presents a first order challenge, often among the most difficult of any executive career. In fact, the numbers show that up to 75% of change efforts fail.

But the risk of failure gets even worse (and more expensive) when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.

(Read More: M&A 'Almost Necessary' Now: Santoli)

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  Monday, 11 Feb 2013 | 12:14 PM ET

Managers—Don't Hate Them, Pity Them!

Posted By Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan, Co-authors, "The Org"
The Org by, Ray Fisman & Tim Sullivan
Source: amazon.com

Guest Author Blog by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan, co-authors of "The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office."

You may not know Laurence Peter's name, but you almost surely recognize his principle: "In a hierarchy, each employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."

The idea struck a chord among America's managed masses. "The Peter Principle," a book-length treatment of Dr. Peter's theory of management, spent a year at or near the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 1967. It gave voice to the notion that workers' efforts to get their jobs done were constantly butting up against incompetent and meddling managers.

Not much has changed.

But we shouldn't hate managers. We should pity them instead.

(Read More: Risky Business: How to Manage Up)

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  Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 12:02 PM ET

What Would You Call Tim Geithner's Book?

Posted ByJohn Carney
Timothy Geithner
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Timothy Geithner

Tim Geithner, who once said he would not write a book after he left the Treasury Department, is writing a book.

When folks on Twitter found out, a hashtag was born: #geithnerbooktitles.

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  Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

'The AIG Story:' Hank Greenberg's New Tell-All Book

Posted By Lawrence Cunningham, Co-Author of "The AIG Story"
The AIG Story by Maurice R. Greenberg & Lawrence A. Cunningham
Source: amazon.com

Guest Author Blog by Lawrence Cunningham, co-author of "The AIG Story."

Beginning in the late 1960s, Hank Greenberg and a small group of international insurance executives revolutionized the insurance industry and laid the groundwork for globalization. They did this by building a business known for decades abroad as an American icon. In the past few years, the company has come to be seen in the United States as a villain: American International Group, Inc.

Greenberg and what he calls a "band of brothers"—Buck Freeman, Jimmy Manton, John Roberts, Ernie Stempel—built AIG by forging relationships with leaders in business and government worldwide, opening new international markets, investing in developing countries and recruiting the most dedicated workforce in business.

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  Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013 | 12:34 PM ET

General McChrystal's Book Offers 4-Star Leadership Lessons

Stanley McChrystal, the retired four-star general who was the commanding officer of coalition forces in Afghanistan, offers battle-tested leadership lessons for the C-Suite in his long-awaited new book, "My Share of the Task: A Memoir."

It's not the story he thought he would tell – at least not now.

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  Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 11:51 AM ET

New Book: General Petraeus's US Army Revolution

Posted By Fred Kaplan, Author of "THE INSURGENTS"
The Insurgents by Fred Kaplan
Source: Simon & Schuster

Over the course of a few years in the first decade of the 21st century, General David Petraeus and a small group of fellow soldier-scholars revolutionized one of the world's largest, oldest, and most hidebound institutions—the U.S. Army.

They did it through cunning and manipulation worthy of Machiavelli.

It also helped that the Army was undergoing its deepest crisis in a generation, caught in the Iraq war's quagmire. Petraeus & Co. offered a recipe for success; Washington was desperate enough to take a chance.

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