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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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    The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change

    by Frank Sesno

    Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno breaks down the art of inquiry into eleven categories of questions, each designed for a different purpose. Learn how to ask, what to listen for, and how to link your questions to your goals.

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    Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do

    by Tom Smith, Roger Connors

    Connors and Smith present the principles of personal accountability that can guide you to own your goals, accept responsibility for your performance, and take control of your success.

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    Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier

    by Cy Wakeman

    More than anything else, you need to understand exactly how your employer evaluates you, and your annual performance review doesn't tell the whole story. In The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Cy Wakeman shows how to calculate your true value to your organization by understanding your current and future potential against your "emotional expense" — the toll your actions and attitudes take on the people around you. With Wakeman's clear, straight-to-the-point...

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    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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    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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