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What's New in Business: December 2000
Particularly recommended by the business librarians are:

HD 57.7 .P46 2000
LEADING AT THE EDGE: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE EXTRAORDINARY SAGA OF SHACKLETON'S ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION by Dennis N.T. Perkins et. al. (AMACOM, 2000)
Dennis Perkins' background, as a Vietnam vet and Naval Academy graduate with an MBA from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Michigan, engendered in him a strong desire to understand what makes a leader truly exceptional. He sought the answer in stories of groups "that have been to the outer limits of human endurance," a place he calls "The Edge." Perhaps no group has ever been so close to the edge, for so long, as Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The drama inherent in their compelling story makes for the unusual combination of a book on management methods that is also a page-turner.

Adrift for more than a year, the men of Shackleton's expedition actually camped for months on ice floes after their ship, Endurance, was crushed. Forced, at one point, to chew raw seal meat for the liquid it contained, they lived precariously close to the real edge between life and death. In examining the methods Shackleton employed to keep his team alive and in good spirits, Perkins identifies ten strategies that made the difference, and shows that these strategies can address the kinds of crises that confront modern businesses.

These ten leadership strategies also inform four detailed case studies of businesses in crisis. Particularly inspiring is the story of Malden Mills (the makers of Polartec fabric) and its recovery from a devastating 1995 fire. A final chapter provides personal methods to help the reader learn to think and act like the very best of leaders. Any individual or group faced with a seemingly insurmountable problem will find leadership techniques that can be used to overcome adversity and uncertainty-even to turn them into triumph! (JF)

(For those interested in reading more about Shackleton and the Endurance, his own account of the voyage South! and Alfred Lansing's rip-roaring Endurance are both recommended.)

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HG 172 .A2 C76 2000
THE RICH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY by Cynthia Crossen (Crown Business, 2000)
Never mind the wealthiest people in the year 2000 - who were some of the 10 richest individuals in the last millennium, and how did they get that way? The author, a senior editor of the Wall Street Journal, names them, and offers a glimpse into the talents and traits that accumulate tremendous fortunes. These were not the idle rich; these folks sensed and pounced on supreme opportunities where others saw only barriers.

Living in brutal and barbarous times, Machmud of Ghazni was a master plunderer, and Genghis Khan was the raider who came to stay. The golden commodity for Mansa Musa, Africa's middleman, was salt - vital for survival in hot climates - deftly illustrating the maxim that whoever controls the necessities gets rich. Pope Alexander VI sold indulgences that guaranteed time off from a stay in purgatory. Howqua, in the 19th century addiction business, traded tea cherished in England (some Englishmen drank 50 cups a day) for opium sought in China. Hetty Green, an eccentric financial genius, successfully competed with male captains of industry during the chaotic markets of 100 years ago, buying up railroads and real estate. Today, Bill Gates emerges as the wealthiest man on earth by owning "the souls of America's computers."

Follow the fascinating threads of motivation, will, circumstance and inspiration through the stories of ten diverse people who amassed fortunes. (DK)

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HF 5549.5 .J63 T47 2000
22 KEYS TO CREATING A MEANINGFUL WORKPLACE by Tom Terez (Adams Media, 2000)
Stories about real people and situations they have faced provide the framework for this clear and concise blueprint for a new and stellar workplace, one that attracts, nurtures, and retains talented individuals. To transform a stuffy, inflexible organization, one starts by creating a shared vision and purpose. The process can begin by establishing an atmosphere that fosters open and ongoing structured dialogue among colleagues. Each chapter includes ideas, relevant questions, and checklists to spark these discussions. Decide which keys carry top priority for your organization, build a consensus, and start with small and practical actions that can make a difference. There is a template for creating an action plan, and dozens of sample action ideas are offered. Change is never easy and is often met with resistance. But Mr. Terez offers specific advice and encouragement to keep these important efforts moving forward. His website, www.22Keys.com, is "a virtual meeting place for talking, listening, learning, asking, coaching, and brainstorming", and is designed to pick up where this excellent book leaves off. (NL)

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Other new titles recently arrived in the department:

HC 79 .W4 J39 2000
THE WEALTH OF MAN by Peter Jay (PublicAffairs, 2000)

HD 38.5 .H37 2000
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ON MANAGING THE VALUE CHAIN by The Harvard Business School Press (the Press, 2000)

HD 57.7 .B65 2000x
WHY THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB IS A WOMAN: THE UNIQUE FEMALE QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP by Esther Wachs Book (HarperBusiness, 2000)

HD 62.25 .F59 2000
KEEP THE FAMILY BAGGAGE OUT OF THE FAMILY BUSINESS: AVOIDING THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS THAT DESTROY FAMILY BUSINESSES by Quentin J. Fleming (Simon & Schuster, 2000)

HG 4963 .D667 2000
DONE DEALS: VENTURE CAPITALISTS TELL THEIR STORIES by Udayan Gupta (Harvard Business School Press, 2000)

T 58.5 .S565 2000
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY by Steve Sleight (Dorling Kindersly, 2000)

Contact the business librarians, who also answer questions about business, money, and work, at (412) 281-7141 or at www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/downtown/contact.cfm.

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