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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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    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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  • Image of You Can't Lie to Me

    You Can't Lie to Me

    by Janine Driver
    Item #: 3513
    What if you could increase your salary by 15 percent and kick problems and worries to the curb simply by learning how to detect a lie the moment it starts? What if you had an easy-to-use test that tipped you off the instant someone held something back from you? No machine built to date has proven more effective than a well-trained human lie detector, says world-renowned body language expert Janine Driver, a former federal law enforcement investigator who has trained agents at the ATF...
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    The Art of Explanation

    by Lee LeFever
    Item #: 3511
    You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully — but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea — and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems. In this summary, author Lee LeFever provides a guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas...
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    Real Influence

    by John Ullmen, Mark Goulston
    Item #: 3509
    In this groundbreaking book, authors Mark Goulston and John Ullmen reveal a new model for authentic influence — the kind that creates a strong initial connection and survives long after agreement has been reached. Based on listening, genuine engagement and commitment to win-win outcomes, Real Influence provides a powerful four-step method you can use to: examine your priorities; learn about the key players and what they need; earn their attention and motivate them to hear more...
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    Extreme Productivity

    by Robert C. Pozen
    Item #: 3505
    In Extreme Productivity, author Robert Pozen reveals the secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. This book is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by an existing workload — facing myriad competing demands and multiple time-sensitive projects. Offering antidotes to a calendar full of boring meetings and a backlog of e-mails, Extreme Productivity explains how to determine your highest priorities and match them with how you actually spend your time.
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