Career & Self Development

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 52 Essential Habits of Success
    Image of 52 Essential Habits of Success

    by Robert Stevenson

    According to Stevenson, if you spend a few minutes in the morning and the evening reviewing and contemplating a single essential successful habit for seven days, then by the end of 52 weeks you will have absorbed and incorporated all 52 habits into your life.

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  • Image of The Purpose Economy
    Image of The Purpose Economy

    How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

    by Aaron Hurst

    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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  • Image of The Art of Woo
    Image of The Art of Woo

    Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas

    by G Richard Shell, Mario Moussa

    According to Shell and Moussa, “Woo” is the ability to win people over to your ideas without coercion, using relationship-based emotionally intelligent persuasion. It’s the secret of success with colleagues, clients and customers. The Art of Woo shows readers how this ability can strengthen their persuasion skills in every aspect of their lives by using the four-step Woo process — a repeatable strategy that translates ideas into reality.

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    Image of Influencer

    The Power to Change Anything

    by David Maxfield, Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

    From the authors that brought you Crucial Confrontations comes their thought-provoking look at how individuals –– no matter who they are –– can become the type of influencers that are bringing about change in the world. Influencer takes readers on a journey across the globe, showing them how seemingly “insignificant” people are making incredibly significant improvements in solving problems others would think impossible.

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  • Image of Who Really Matters
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    The Core Group Theory of Power, Priviledge, and Success

    by Art Kleiner

    While Enron, Tyco and others have given the concept of the Core Group a bad name, bestselling author Art Kleiner explains in Who Really Matters that companies need Core Groups to supply the energy and direction they require to be successful. By observing the Core Group’s members’ day-to-day activities, communications and management decisions, Kleiner argues that the astute employee can recognize decisions before they are made, and can be ready to react to change. Eventually, if that per

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  • Image of Generating Buy-In
    Image of Generating Buy-In

    Mastering the Language of Leadership

    by Mark S. Walton

    A former senior correspondent and anchorman at CNN, Mark Walton draws on his rich communications background to help leaders master the language of leadership with Generating Buy-In. Walton describes “buy-in” as getting understanding, commitment and action from others in support of a person, idea, proposal, product, service or organization. He explains that buy-in is the essential emotional ingredient needed for any collaborative effort to be successful. Generating Buy-In shows

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  • Image of Goals!
    Image of Goals!

    How to Get Everything You Want - Faster than You Ever Thought Possible

    by Brian Tracy

    Prolific author, speaker and sales trainer Tracy (his book Advanced Selling Strategies was summarized in 1995) offers specific advice to help executives and others achieve their personal and workplace goals. Clarifying your values and finding your “major definite purpose” is a key step. Tracy also identifies the self-imposed barriers that so many people put between themselves and their goals.

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