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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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    Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    by Cal Newport

    The skill of deep work is the ability to focus with a distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. Author and professor Cal Newport presents a series of four “rules” to transform your mind and habits in order to cultivate this skill and make it the core of your working life.

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    The Mindfulness Alternative

    by Scott Eblin

    Top leadership coach Scott Eblin provides simple routines to reduce stress and sustain peak performance and a personal planning framework for creating desired outcomes. Even small increases in mindfulness can lead to big changes in productivity and quality of life for the overworked and overwhelmed professional. This is a guide that shows how to do it.

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    Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

    by Liz Wiseman

    Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible, youthful mindset of a rookie in order to keep up with what’s needed from employees in a rapidly changing world. Rookie smarts is a state of mind available to those willing to unlearn and relearn. Learn the four modes of the rookie mindset that lead to success.

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    Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less

    by Joseph McCormack

    Senior marketing executive Joseph McCormack offers a step-by-step approach to getting to the point quickly and delivering every message with maximum impact. Brief describes how to use BRIEF maps, narratives and visual media to make your message more compelling. A master of brevity says less and gets more done –– learn how.

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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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