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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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    Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others

    by Kristi Hedges

    Everyone recognizes leaders with "presence." They stand out for their seemingly innate ability to command attention and inspire commitment. But what is this secret quality they exude, exactly? Executive and CEO coach Kristi Hedges demystifies this elusive trait, revealing that leadership presence is the intersection of outward influencing skills and internal mental conditioning. Using her I-Presence model, the author shows how anyone-regardless of position or personality-can strengthen their...

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    How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

    by Barbara Mistick, Karie Willyerd

    Workplace futurist Karie Willyerd and college president Barbara Mistick offer evidence-based guidance to help you stretch to achieve your potential in order to remain relevant in tomorrow's changing work environment.

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    Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed

    by Dennis K. McCormack, George S. Everly, Jr., Douglas A. Strouse

    Personal resilience is the ability to bounce back in the wake of adversity. The authors share a set of five core factors that protect successful people against psychological distress and emotional injury. These factors that act like psychological body armor can actually help a person to grow stronger.

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    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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    Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

    by Adam Grant

    Adam Grant examines what shapes people to become takers, matchers or givers, causing some to rise to the top of their companies and others to slip to the bottom. Give and Take opens up a new way to approach work, interactions and productivity.

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    The Mindfulness Alternative

    by Scott Eblin

    Top leadership coach Scott Eblin provides simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance and a personal planning framework for creating desired outcomes. Even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional. This is a guide that shows how to do it.

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    Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

    by Liz Wiseman

    Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible, youthful mindset of a rookie in order to keep up with what’s needed from employees in a rapidly changing world. Rookie smarts is a state of mind available to those willing to unlearn and relearn. Learn the four modes of the rookie mindset that lead to success.

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  • Image of How Will You Measure Your Life
    Image of How Will You Measure Your Life

    by James Allworth, Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon

    From the author of The Innovator’s Dilemma comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life.

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  • 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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