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Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Build Your Strengths and the Strengths of Every Person in Your Organization
Now, Discover Your Strengths: How to Build Your Strengths and the Strengths of Every Person in Your Organization
by Marcus Buckingham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.83
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Career Books Available, March 16 2006
Having recently been thrown into the world of executive unemployment, I highly recommend these two books for people facing reorganizations, layoffs, job changes or career redirection...
NOW DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS (Buckingham)
and
THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING (Brown & Wilson)
Buckingham gives you a kick in the pants to get back on track... and Brown/Wilson will open up a whole new perspective on outsourcing - how to find a career in it, where the jobs in the US are, how to qualify, even how to open your own outsourcing firm.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 24.80
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Reads on the State of Business, March 16 2006
Great reading for the advancement minded executive and aspiring manager, Blink makes your brain's creative side get a jump start. Its a great gift choice for business friends also.
Another book which I just bought and recommend is THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING (by Brown & Wilson), a top read and primer on outsourcing know-how - - - a super reference and resource guide for managers at all levels.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Academics Meet Real World - High Recommendation, March 16 2006
Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point my favorite crossover book in 2006 along with
- The World is Flat (Friedman)
- Good to Great (Collins)
- The Black Book of Outsourcing (Wilson, Brown)
- Winning (Welch)
These books information are based on academic studies and journalistic ventures into intellectual current topics, but are rooted in the maistream and appeal to wide audiences.
Gladwell's premise is that it is often little things that make the difference between an isolated fad and a cultural "epidemic". The keys are The Power of the Few (it takes just a couple of people to start a craze), the Stickiness Factor (something has to cause people to pay attention and act) and the Power of Context (the environment can have a big impact on peoples' actions). His theories were very interesting, but most of them were pretty straight forward.
A suggestion on this Gladwell work: read the Introduction. Sometimes I skip it because it's useless information, but this intro is actually important to reading the book.

Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't
by Jim Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.19
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Career Rejuvenation Books for Job Seekers & Changers, March 16 2006
Collins gives the reader and superb overview of the fundamental "Good to Great" principles, and then supplants into areas specific to corporate organizations, such as how to creatively develop and review performance evaluation indicators without financials.
Also, THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING * by Brown & Wilson gave our company whole perspective on outsourcing and how to use it effectively without the whole predictable For-Profit corporate focus. Outsourcing can get your financially failing or struggling organization back on track without exposing yourself to the potholes of offshoring and through the improvements in corporate process that GOOD TO GREAT employs. These books will teach you what you need to know.
I can not state strongly enough how GOOD TO GREAT and THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING took us from practically closing up our doors to a flourishing and respected agency. We are endebted to the authors and very proud of our accomplishments.

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
by Thomas L. Friedman
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Two Books for Canadians on Outsourcing!, March 16 2006
Kudo's to Thomas Friedman for bringing the much needed attention to the impending business issues of offshoring, globalization and outsourcing. Through interviewing influential executives at top technology companies in India and the US in particular, he has crafted a first-person journalist's trip report intertwined with personal anecdotes. The book has been critiqued as being a "how I spent my summer vacation" treatment of this serious subject of globalization which takes several hours to move through, this book is for you.
A more practically written and concise new book that I couldn't put down until I finished -- in just 2 hours is THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING by Doug Brown & Dr Scott Wilson. I dog-earred and highlighted and post-it noted this perfect outsourcing reference manual and it sits directly on my desk for regular user.
THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING has just been released in the last six months through Wiley Publishers, and it begins where Friedman left off. Not only does it encapsulate Friedman's message in just a few short pages, it goes on to provide thought-provoking ideas for action.
It's written by a business and technology experts and has contributions from a dozen other experts from the outsourcing and offshoring hot spots, including Shanghai, Taipei, Bangalore, Sydney, London, Singapore, and more. If you don't have the time to wade through Friedman's almost 500 pages, or if you have already and want to know more, I highly recommend THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING.
Actually, together, they may an awesome team of books in your business arsenal.
Most Importantly, you don't have to be a globalist or economist or a free tank thinker to get this topic to you may think... "why bother reading such high brow stuff?"
Here's why.
Globalization will leave no nation, company or person untouched, including you and me. So, we'd better get ourslves ready for extreme competition. Friedman's Flat World and Brown & Wilson's THE BLACK BOOK OF OUTSOURCING will get you in a place of knowledge, history, business changes, effects, challenges and opportunities.
Botton Line: Buy both books together at discount. No better career advance training is so ready to lead you to a new global business player and executive.

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