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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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    Image of Let the Story Do the Work

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age

    by Daniel H. Pink

    Bestselling author Daniel H. Pink offers a fresh look at what it takes for individuals and organizations to move from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age in A Whole New Mind. He also reveals the six essential aptitudes — Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning — on which professional success and personal fulfillment now depend. A Whole New Mind includes a series of tools, tips and hands-on exercises drawn from international experts that help readers sharpen th

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  • Image of JobShift
    Image of JobShift

    by William Bridges

    Traditional jobs are disappearing. Bridges explains how to thrive in the new workplace. Key: Treat those with whom you work as customers and partners.

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