Transition from Military Life
to the Corporate World
Corporate recruiters have put together
transition plans and methodic preparations for a successful interview and a
productive entry into the corporate world. Each plan, regardless of
recruiter, centers around meticulous preparations and strengthening of one's
personal skill sets. This crux of this preparation is focused on an
aggressive reading program to educate oneself on how to succeed in the
corporate world. Here is a compiled reading list that will prepare you
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Reengineering the Corporation
Management consultants Hammer and Champy thoughtfully critique the
management procedures of American business and offer a promising
prescription in this invigorating study. "It is no longer necessary or
desirable for companies to organize their work around Adam Smith's division
of labor," they state, arguing that task-oriented jobs are becoming obsolete
as changes in customer bases, competition and the rate of change itself
alter the marketplace. Post-industrial companies must be "reengineered,"
which necessitates starting anew, going back to the beginning to invent a
better way of accomplishing tasks.
It's an invigorating book that sheds the false perception of traditional
selling and exposes the primary character of sales success. This practical
book helps salespeople realize that customers are not won over just by what
they say but that attitude and trust is the key. The six-step process is
presented in a brief and straightforward manner. It explains the theories in
very tangible, simple to understand terms that are easy to execute. This
book will help your performance and your customer satisfaction.
What makes a visionary company? This book, written by a team from Stanford's
Graduate School of Business, compares what the authors have identified as
"visionary" companies with selected companies in the same industry. The
authors juxtapose Disney and Columbia Pictures, Ford and General Motors,
Motorola and Zenith, and Hewlett-Packard and Texas Instruments, to name a
few. The visionary companies, the authors found out, had a number of common
characteristics; for instance, almost all had some type of core ideology
that guided the company in times of upheaval and served as a constant bench
to Win Friends & Influence People
This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It
was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win
Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was
first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature
that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15
percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to "the ability to express
ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people." He
teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so
that they feel important and appreciated.
In this intriguing, readable business novel, which illustrates
state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose
factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows
piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for
example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make
the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to
profitability and to engage his employeesi n the struggle involve the
reader; and thankfully the authors' economic models, including a game with
match sticks and bowls, are easy to understand. Although some characters are
as anonymous as the goods manufactured in the factory, others ring true.
Fast Forward MBA in Project Management
Until the early '90s, project management was definitely located somewhere
near the unsexy end of the business spectrum. But now, with the rise of
downsizing and outsourcing, it has become one of the hot disciplines.
Professional membership of the U.S.-based Project Management Institute has
quadrupled in the last decade, and Microsoft claimed recently to have over 2
million users worldwide of its project-management software. The reasons for
this growth are simple. Project management is about managing "projects,"
that is, unique pieces of work (as opposed to ongoing operations).
Downsizing, outsourcing, and the accelerating pace of change have meant
that, increasingly, work is carried out on an ad-hoc, one-off project basis.
Self Directed Work Teams
A new edition of the book that lead the self-directed work teams revolution.
Leading Self-Directed Work Teams is one of the best-selling books on teams
ever published. Now, the perfect guide for any team leader has been revised
and expanded to reflect the new realities of team-based organizations. By
explaining how team leaders differ from conventional supervisors, this
informative volume which is based on the author's successful seminars and
workshops is especially useful for those managers who move from hierarchical
to participatory structures.
Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
This book covers Maxwell's 21 laws of leadership. Each chapter describes the
law in detail, and provides many historical examples to help reinforce the
principle. As a military officer, I understand the principle role that
leadership plays in an organization's success. During my short career (10
years), I have been in both great and lousy units. Each time, I can trace
the unit's performance directly to its leader and his/her ability to
influence its members to accomplish the mission and take care of its people.
My personal experience only helped reinforce the material, and verified in
my mind that John Maxwell is "on-target" with his laws.
Class Manufacturing: The Lessons of Simplicity Applied
John P. Robb Vice President, Manufacturing Monsanto Electronic Materials
Company The commonsense examples and guidelines on the "how to" of total
quality control Richard Schonberger provides in World Class Manufacturing
will enable us to move beyond manufacturing excellence to business
excellence. Schonberger's first book, Japanese Manufacturing Techniques,
provided the missing link in our overall quality program and is on the "must
read" list for all our manufacturing line personnel. World Class
Manufacturing will be required reading for all functions within our company.
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