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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 Persuasion Equation
    Image of Persuasion Equation

    The Subtle Science of Getting Your Way

    by Mark Rodgers

    This insightful guide by Mark Rodgers reveals what drives decisions and introduces the persuasion equation –– a powerful combination of factors proven to speed agreement. Learn how to set your persuasion priorities and perfect the five-step persuasion process in order to gain buy-in from those around you.

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  • Image of The Power of Professionalism
    Image of The Power of Professionalism

    The Seven Mind-Sets that Drive Performance and Build Trust

    by Bill Wiersma

    In this groundbreaking book, Wiersma outlines the seven key mind-sets of trusted professionals, offering a blueprint for both individuals and organizations interested in fostering a culture of professionalism. Professionalism is the ladder upon which all other organizational virtues rest. That's why organizations whose members view themselves as professionals will outperform, outsmart, and outlast organizations that don't.

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  • Image of Brain Rules
    Image of Brain Rules

    12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

    by John Medina

    In this summary of Brain Rules, molecular biologist John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach and the way we work. He introduces 12 Brain Rules which cover what scientists know for sure about how our brains work and also offers ideas for investigating how each rule might apply to our daily lives. This summary will show you how to better understand how your brain really works — and how to get the most out of it.

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  • Image of Influencer
    Image of Influencer

    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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  • Image of Mastery
    Image of Mastery

    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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  • Image of A Whole New Mind
    Image of A Whole New Mind

    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 Your Heart: An Owner's Manual
    Image of Your Heart: An Owner's Manual

    by American Heart Association

    This summary has tips on eating right, exercising, keeping weight off, beating stress – and avoiding heart disease. Of extreme importance to fast trackers who need energy to climb upward.

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