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Springfield businesspeople release new books

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Two Springfield businesspeople last month released new books.

Thomas Douglas, CEO of JMark Business Solutions Inc., on May 10 celebrated the debut of his first business book, dubbed "Adapt or Die: How to Create Innovation, Solve People Puzzles, and Win in Business." And on May 3, "From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading” became the newest book from business consultant and author Marlene Chism to launch.

In "Adapt or Die," Douglas discusses ways executives can enact change through product, strategy, growth, engine, model, people, operations, process and leadership examples, according to a news release.

“This information came from decades of work, trial and error. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to see hundreds of other businesses operate and identify what companies did or did not do well," Douglas said in the release. "All of this coalesces into a guaranteed formula for success. I can say without hesitation that when these elements are correctly implemented in a business, that business will succeed."

The book is for sale on Amazon starting at $1 for a Kindle version and up to $20 for a hardcover. It's published by THD Press.

An excerpt of Chism's "From Conflict to Courage" is scheduled to be printed on the opinion page of Springfield Business Journal's June 6 print edition.

In the book, Chism calls unresolved conflict “workplace kryptonite,” and she offers a combat plan through three elements: the inner game, outer game and culture, with a goal of expanding conflict capacity.

"In our efforts to minimize conflict we resort to avoidance, appeasing and aggression. What we fail to realize is that conflict is not the problem, mismanagement is," Chism writes in the book.

The book, published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, is the fourth released by Chism, according to her website. Its paperback price is $20.


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