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Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on career and self-development subjects including business communication, time management, public speaking, negotiation, work-life balance, emotional intelligence, presentation skills, decision-making and more. Browse our list of summary titles to find those that will move your career and life forward.

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    Thanks for the Feedback

    by Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen
    Item #: 3624
    Receiving feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development, but we dread it and often dismiss it. Stone and Heen explain why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and they offer a powerful framework for interpreting comments, evaluations, and unsolicited advice in ways that enable effective learning.
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    The Purpose Economy

    by Aaron Hurst
    Item #: 3622
    Globally recognized entrepreneur Aaron Hurst identifies an emerging Purpose Economy which describes the new context and set of ways in which people and organizations are focused on creating value. Hurst examines three types of purpose that are transforming the economy: personal, social, and societal. This is a guide on how to thrive in the new economy and change the world in the process.
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    Brief

    by Joseph McCormack
    Item #: 3619
    Senior marketing executive Joseph McCormack offers a step-by-step approach to getting to the point quickly and delivering every message with maximum impact. Brief describes how to use BRIEF maps, narratives and visual media to make your message more compelling. A master of brevity says less and gets more done –– learn how.
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    The Resiliency Advantage

    by Al Siebert
    Item #: 36BS06
    The Resiliency Advantage explains how and why some people are more resilient than others and how resiliency can be learned and strengthened. Dr. Siebert details a five-level program for becoming more resilient that is a valuable resource for learning how to meet the challenges of work and life head on.
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    Focus

    by Daniel Goleman
    Item #: 3609
    In Focus, Daniel Goleman uses cutting-edge research and findings to delve into the science of attention in all its varieties. He persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen our focus in order to contend with and thrive in a complex world.
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    The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace

    by Cy Wakeman
    Item #: 3521
    More than anything else, you need to understand exactly how your employer evaluates you, and your annual performance review doesn't tell the whole story. In The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Cy Wakeman shows how to calculate your true value to your organization by understanding your current and future potential against your "emotional expense" — the toll your actions and attitudes take on the people around you. With Wakeman's clear, straight-to-the-point...
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    The ONE Thing

    by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
    Item #: 3519
    You want less. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. And you want more. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time. In The One Thing, you will learn how you can have both — less and more — by cutting through clutter, building momentum, staying on track...
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    How to Say Anything to Anyone

    by Shari Harley
    Item #: 3515
    In How to Say Anything to Anyone, you'll learn how to ask for what you want at work, improve all types of working relationships, reduce the gossip and drama in your office, tell people when you’re frustrated in a way that resonates, take action on your ideas and feelings, and get honest feedback on your performance. Author Shari Harley shares real-life stories of people who have struggled to get what they want at work. With her clear and specific roadmap in hand, Harley enables you...
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    Changeology

    by John C. Norcross, PhD
    Item #: 3514
    Change is hard. But not if you know the 5-step formula that works whether you’re trying to stop smoking or start recycling. Dr. John C. Norcross, an internationally recognized expert, has studied how people make transformative, permanent changes in their lives. Now his cutting-edge, scientific approach to personal improvement is being made available in this indispensable guide. Unlike 95 percent of self-help books, the Changeology plan has a documented track record of success. In his...
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