Archives from October 2009

Keith McFarland on Turning Tough Times into Triumph

Why do many people and companies crumble in the face of difficulty, while others use adversity to bounce back even stronger?

October 30, 2009 / Podcast # 09-44

Keith McFarland

Bounce, by New York Times bestselling author Keith McFarland, is a leadership fable for those wary of fables, a story that rejects pat, heard-it-before advice, and shows how to use challenges to make both yourself and your organization stronger. Read more…


Kurt Andersen on Resetting Our Economy the Right Way

How the meltdown is an opportunity to get ourselves back on track.

October 23, 2009 / Podcast # 09-43

Kurt Andersen

“It’s the end of the world as we’ve known it,” Kurt Andersen writes in his book Reset, “but it isn’t the end of the world.” In his book, Andersen explains why the current economic crisis is actually an historic moment of great opportunity to get ourselves and the nation back on track. Read more…


Lynn Taylor on How to Tame an Office Tyrant

How to build positive relationships with even the most out-of-control boss and still thrive in their job.

October 16, 2009 / Podcast # 09-42

Lynn Taylor

Most people simply endure the tirades, mood swings, and incessant questions from their tyrannical bosses. But a new book by Lynn Taylor, Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant addresses the situation and shows the readers how to build positive relationships with even the most out-of-control boss and still thrive in their job.
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Lawrence Allen on The War for Chocolate in China

The first inside look at the battle for China’s newfound chocolate addiction.

October 9, 2009 / Podcast # 09-41

Lawrence Allen

As China comes into its own as a world economic power, a new, huge consumer class is emerging, hungry for all things Western. In this land where twenty-five years ago most of the population had never tasted chocolate, five icons of Western business are now slugging it out in a battle royal to see which will become the Emperor of Chocolate in China.

Chocolate Fortunes by Lawrence Allen examines each of the five major players—Hershey, Nestlé, Cadbury, Mars, and Ferrero—and the trials they face as they attempt to dominate their market in an enigmatic and still-developing economy. More broadly, Chocolate Fortunes examines the unique opportunities and challenges inherent in the Chinese business universe.
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William Schiemann on Reinventing Talent Management

Getting tactical with measuring and managing the human side of business.

October 2, 2009 / Podcast # 09-40

William Schiemann

Over the past 10 or so years talent management has become something of an HR hurrah term. The extent to which all the hubbub has led to tangible results is quite another issue. Dr. William Schiemann’s Reinventing Talent Management: How to Maximize Performance in the New Marketplace aims to put a tight process and discipline of measurement behind the annual report cliché that “Our people are our most important asset.” At the heart of Dr. Schiemann’s thesis is a provocative new talent management model he terms People Equity.

William Schiemann is Chief Executive Officer of Metrus Group. Dr. Schiemann and his colleagues have consulted extensively with many major corporations on the development and implementation of business strategies. He is coauthor of Bullseye! Hitting Your Strategic Targets Through High-Impact Measurement. He’s also written extensively for many publications including Across the Board, Journal of Business Strategy, Management Review and Quality Progress.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

* Talent Management
* Employee Retention Strategies
* Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

* The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential by William J. Rothwell
* The AMA Guide to Management Development by Daniel R. Tobin, Ph.D., Margaret Pettingell
* The Management 500 by Dan Coughlin