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Steven C. Brandt

Stay Out of Court and in Business
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This compact book compiles the top ten legal problems confronting businesses today. Brandt (business, Stanford Univ.) and a Seattle law firm analyze the ins and outs of legal actions for employment discrimination, product liability, unfair trade practices, contract disputes, and intellectual property rights, to name a few. For each area, an overview, summary of the law, and discussion on minimizing the risks of exposure of legal claims is presented. Examples of true-to-life incidents from the modern business arena help to illustrate the principles of law under discussion. Directed toward business managers and supervisors with an emphasis on prevention, the information is effectively articulated. Recommended for business collections.

Focus Your Business
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Brandt describes emerging companies as those that are no longer small and are certain to be firmly established in the future. He urges these companies to implement comprehensive strategic planning to help decide what the company should become and how to achieve it. The author first offers perspectives on how management practices in a growing company must be adapted to its larger size and scope. He then shows how strategic planning is a necessary discipline to ensure focus in an emerging enterprise. Final chapters deal with the requirements for executing the strategic plan in order to achieve optimum results. We learn that the basic tools for ensuring long-term growth are understanding the internal and external environment, setting expectations, deciding on strategy, adapting the organization's design and processes, adjusting management and leading styles, improving people skills, and cultivating a desired culture. The author claims that thoughtful and action-oriented strategic planning will help the emerging company establish a sustainable competitive advantage and become bigger without getting fatter.