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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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    The Surprising Truth About the Power of Now

    by Max McKeown

    Discover the power of your #NOW that enables you to take action, make decisions fast and effectively, and enjoy the moment while creating a successful and happy future.

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    Seeing Beyond Ourselves

    by The Arbinger Institute

    Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration and accelerates innovation — a shift to an outward mindset.

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    Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking

    by Matthew May

    In Winning the Brain Game, author and creative strategist Matthew E. May explains these and other “fatal flaws” of thinking, revealing seven observable problem-solving patterns that can block our best thinking.

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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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    The Revolutionary Program to Supercharge Your Inner Lie Detector and Get to the Truth

    by Janine Driver

    What if you could increase your salary by 15 percent and kick problems and worries to the curb simply by learning how to detect a lie the moment it starts? What if you had an easy-to-use test that tipped you off the instant someone held something back from you? No machine built to date has proven more effective than a well-trained human lie detector, says world-renowned body language expert Janine Driver, a former federal law enforcement investigator who has trained agents at the ATF...

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  • Image of The Art of Explanation
    Image of The Art of Explanation

    Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand

    by Lee LeFever

    You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully — but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea — and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems. In this summary, author Lee LeFever provides a guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas...

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    The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution

    by Marcus Buckingham

    StandOut introduces the next-generation strengths assessment from Marcus Buckingham, co-author of Now, Discover Your Strengths. The StandOut assessment unveils your two key strength roles and shows you how to find your edge and win at work. Whether you're an individual who wants to find your edge, a manager trying to fully understand the strengths of your team, or a leader in an organization looking to stay on the cutting edge of the strengths movement, you need ...

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