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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
    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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    Image of The Icarus Deception

    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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  • Image of The Spark and the Grind
    Image of The Spark and the Grind

    Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

    by Erik Wahl

    Erik Wahl, a visual artist, speaker and entre¬preneur, helps us unite the yin and yang of creativity — the dynamic new ideas with the dogged effort.

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    Image of Executive Presence

    The Missing Link Between Merit and Success

    by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

    Are you “leadership material?” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, a noted expert on workplace power and influence, shows how to identify and embody the Executive Presence (EP) needed to succeed.

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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 5 Choices
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    The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

    by Adam Merrill, Leena Rinne, Kory Kogon

    The authors combine research and insights from FranklinCovey to redefine time management in ways that will increase the productivity of individuals, teams and organizations. The 5 Choices will empower individuals to make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention and energy.

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  • Image of The Behavior Breakthrough
    Image of The Behavior Breakthrough

    Leading Your Organization to a New Competitive Advantage

    by Steve Jacobs

    In The Behavior Breakthrough, organizational behavior expert Steve Jacobs and his colleagues explain the quiet revolution that is underway in pioneering and successful organizations.

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  • Image of Be A Shortcut
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    The Secret Fast Track to Business Success

    by Scott Halford

    Shortcuts are individuals and companies that function like lifelines to the people and organizations that most depend on them. They are available when needed, they humbly perform tasks without complaint, they are masters of their own specific skill, and they always present a positive attitude. Great Shortcuts are able to make time for things about which they are passionate. They use that same efficiency and passion in the workplace, making other people's jobs easier, creating a better...

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    Image of Crucial Conversations

    Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High

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

    If you feel stuck — in a relationship, in your career, at home — chances are a crucial conversation is keeping you there. This New York Times bestseller will help you handle crucial conversations — conversations that occur when the stakes are high, emotions run strong, and opinions vary. With crucial conversations skills, you'll be able to: prepare for high-stakes situations with a proven technique; transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue; make it safe to talk about almost...

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