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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.

  • Image of The Outward Mindset
    Image of The Outward Mindset

    Seeing Beyond Ourselves

    by The Arbinger Institute

    Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration and accelerates innovation — a shift to an outward mindset.

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    Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking

    by Matthew May

    In Winning the Brain Game, author and creative strategist Matthew E. May explains these and other “fatal flaws” of thinking, revealing seven observable problem-solving patterns that can block our best thinking.

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  • Image of Impossible to Ignore
    Image of Impossible to Ignore

    Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions

    by Carmen Simon

    In Impossible to Ignore, Carmen Simon shows you how to execute a proven three-step plan for persuasion: create cues that attract attention and connect with your audience’s needs; use memory-influencing variables to control what your audience remembers; and turn today’s intentions into tomorrow’s actions.

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  • Image of Deep Work
    Image of Deep Work

    Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    by Cal Newport

    The skill of deep work is the ability to focus with a distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. Author and professor Cal Newport presents a series of four “rules” to transform your mind and habits in order to cultivate this skill and make it the core of your working life.

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  • Image of The Laws of Charisma
    Image of The Laws of Charisma

    How to Captivate, Inspire and Influence for Maximum Success

    by Kurt Mortensen

    The Laws of Charisma shows readers how to: radiate confidence, passion, power, and optimism; combine purpose, creativity, competence, and focus to inspire commitment; influence others by improving communication skills; and persuade and empower anyone by creating instant rapport.

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  • Image of Conversational Intelligence
    Image of Conversational Intelligence

    How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results

    by Judith Glaser

    Judith E. Glaser presents a framework for understanding how conversations trigger different parts of the brain.

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  • Image of The Achievement Habit
    Image of The Achievement Habit

    Stop Wishing, Start Doing and Take Command of Your Life

    by Bernard Roth

    Bernie Roth, co-founder of the Stanford d.school, offers a guide for harnessing the power of design thinking to help meet life’s challenges and fulfill goals. Behaviors and relationships can be transformed as you become more effective at solving problems, more focused on things that matter, and more satisfied with life. Achievement is like a muscle; learn how to flex it.

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  • Image of Persuasion Equation
    Image of Persuasion Equation

    The Subtle Science of Getting Your Way

    by Mark Rodgers

    This insightful guide by Mark Rodgers reveals what drives decisions and introduces the persuasion equation –– a powerful combination of factors proven to speed agreement. Learn how to set your persuasion priorities and perfect the five-step persuasion process in order to gain buy-in from those around you.

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  • Image of Triggers
    Image of Triggers

    Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

    by Marshall Goldsmith

    Marshall Goldsmith shows how we can overcome the unappreciated triggers in our lives prompted by people and situations that lure us into behaving in a manner diametrically opposed to the colleague, partner, parent, or friend we imagine ourselves to be. Goldsmith details six engaging questions that can help us enact meaningful and lasting change in order to become the person we want to be.

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