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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, motivation, goals, 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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  • Image of The Power of Presence
    Image of The Power of Presence

    Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others

    by Kristi Hedges

    Author Kristi Hedges has witnessed even the highest-level people struggle to connect and communicate. Her experiences have helped her develop the unique I-Presence™ model, which is equal parts communication aptitude, mental attitude and authentic style.

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    Image of Work Without Stress

    Building a Resilient Mindset for Lasting Success

    by Derek Roger, Nick Petrie

    Stress is not a natural response to the pressures at work. It’s a choice that you make. Derek Roger and Nick Petrie offer a new approach to stress. It has to do with being resilient, flexible, mentally awake and in the moment.

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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 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 Outliers
    Image of Outliers

    The Story of Success

    by Malcolm Gladwell

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers examines the commonality of successful people and organizations and investigates as to why some of the world's greatest achievers are beneficiaries of hidden advantages.

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  • Image of The Power of Full Engagement
    Image of The Power of Full Engagement

    Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

    by Tony Schwartz, Jim Loehr

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    As its subtitle suggests, the key to getting the most out of your performance is how you manage energy, not time. The authors discuss the four key sources of energy and provide a scientific approach to create energy management rituals that are specific to the results you need. The book is based on methods that were used by a number of professional athletes.

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  • Image of Just Listen
    Image of Just Listen

    Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

    by Mark Goulston

    Veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals the secret to how to get through to anyone, even when productive communication seems impossible. With this powerful and engaging book, you learn how to: get the attention of a total stranger who you need to know; talk an angry person from an irrational state to receptivity; use the “magic paradox”; and master the critical art of buy-in.

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  • Image of Influencer
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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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  • Image of Mastery
    Image of Mastery

    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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