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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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    The Art of Storytelling for Business Success

    by Esther K. Choy

    Let the Story Do the Work shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.

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    How High Will You Fly?

    by Seth Godin

    In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance.

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    How You Can Radiate Energy, Innovation, and Success

    by Lynda Gratton

    You know them at first sight: teammates or colleagues, direct reports or bosses who radiate enthusiasm, positive energy and inspiration. Even in difficult circumstances they glow with an attitude that inspires others, fosters a great working experience for everyone and creates empowering relationships. Would you like to learn how to glow? Author Lynda Gratton shows you how. Glow is an invitation to become more energized and innovative at work, and to radiate positive energy that will al

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    The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    by Daniel H. Pink

    In Drive, Daniel Pink examines the three elements of true motivation — autonomy, mastery, and purpose — and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action.

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  • Image of Linchpin
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    Are You Indispensable?

    by Seth Godin

    Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous, but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Seth Godin’s latest book shows you how to become a linchpin in your organization.

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    Essential Lessons and Practices from the World's Leading Coaching Program on Authentic Success

    by Robert Holden, Ph.D.

    There are many so-called successful people who have not learned how to enjoy their success. True success should not have to cost you your joy, your health or your relationships. On the contrary, true success is about enjoying these things. Success Intelligence examines how to enjoy real, soulful success while living in a manic, busy and hyped-up world. Author Robert Holden, Ph.D., describes his unique coaching program — called Success Intelligence — which is used worldwide b

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    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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    The Power to Change Anything

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

    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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    The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

    by George Leonard

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    This unique book is the business equivalent of a master class from a black-belt martial artist. Leonard, a practitioner of aikido, helps executives understand the five essential keys to mastery. Executives can learn the methods to achieve greatness and find harmony between a successful career and fulfilling personal life.

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