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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"

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

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

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

Gen.  McChrystal's Lessons in Leadership
Gen. McChrystal's Lessons in Leadership   

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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  Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 11:05 AM ET

'What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend': New Book

Posted By Laura Vanderkam, author, "What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend"
"What the Most Sucessful People Do on the Weekend," by Laura Vanderkam.
Source: Penguin Group

Guest Author Blog by Laura Vanderkam is the author of "What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off."

When we think of successful people, we often picture what they do during the work week. But have you ever wondered how such folks can conjure up enough energy to conquer the world Monday through Friday?

Here's the secret: It may be because they're using their weekends well.

Successful people know that to get great things done during the week, you need to be as mindful of how you use your days off as how you use your days on.

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  Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 | 12:20 PM ET

A Life Saving New Year's Resolution: Learning How to Say 'No'

The Time for Yes, Greg Cootsona

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by Greg Cootsona, author of "The Time for Yes: Enjoying What's Best in Life, Work, and Love."

"My New Year's Resolution: Finding the Right Rhythm."

This will be a special new year for me. With a December 31 birthday, I'll start 2013 as a newly minted 50 year old.

That marker has given me both pause and resolve to live a successful life. And here's what I've discovered: Success is grooving with the right rhythm of Yeses and Nos. A successful 2013 is not simply saying Yes to a series of new resolutions.

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  Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

'Leading So People Will Follow' - New Book

Posted By Erika Andersen, Author of "Leading So People Will Follow"
"Leading So People Can Follow" by Erika Andersen
"Leading So People Can Follow" by Erika Andersen

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG: by Erika Andersen author of "Leading So People Will Follow."

Why do we love stories so much?

Even as adults, when we hear that magic phrase, Once upon a time, something in us sits up and starts to listen.

Stories have played an essential role throughout human history. Until the past few hundred years, few people could read or write. Any information or knowledge key to health, safety, even survival, had to be passed from one person to another verbally. Stories are a great way to communicate critical information: they're memorable and easily replicated, and they connect more deeply with people than a mere recitation of the facts.

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  Sunday, 2 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

New Book on the Benefits of 'Grateful Leadership'

Posted By Judith W. Umlas, Author of "Grateful Leadership"
"Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results" by Judith Umlas
"Grateful Leadership: Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results" by Judith Umlas

GUEST AUTHOR BLOG by: Judith W. Umlas author of "Grateful Leadership, Using the Power of Acknowledgment to Engage All Your People and Achieve Superior Results"

How many millions of dollars are being spent by companies to develop the newest, most innovative and best employee retention strategies?

Some companies try to entice employees by offering more and more benefits like on site dry cleaners, child care, house-cleaning, gift cards and countless other solutions.

Record amounts of money are being funneled into these retention strategies, and sometimes these incentive initiatives overlook a fundamental element of retaining their people.

Benefits will only take you so far in keeping employees and all of a company's stakeholders on board if they are not engaged and passionate about what they do.

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