Career & Self Development

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
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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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    The 12 Universal Laws of Power Persuasion

    by Kurt Mortensen

    Maximum Influence combines scientific research with real-world studies, presenting the most authoritative and effective arsenal of persuasion techniques ever.

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  • Image of The Achievement Habit
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    Stop Wishing, Start Doing and Take Command of Your Life

    by Bernard Roth

    Bernie Roth, co-founder of the Stanford d.school, offers a guide for harnessing the power of design thinking to help meet life’s challenges and fulfill goals. Behaviors and relationships can be transformed as you become more effective at solving problems, more focused on things that matter, and more satisfied with life. Achievement is like a muscle; learn how to flex it.

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  • Image of Persuasion Equation
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    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 Pitch Perfect
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    How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time

    by Bill McGowan, Alisa Bowman

    Renowned media coach Bill McGowan shows how to communicate with confidence during the pivotal moments of life. He offers Seven Principles of Persuasion to use to establish the right tone for the right message to the right person at the right time. Learn how to overcome common mistakes and implement a better way of communicating using effective verbal and nonverbal language.

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  • Image of StandOut™
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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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  • Image of The Art of Possibility
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    Transforming Professional and Personal Life

    by Benjamin Zander, Rosamund Stone Zander

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    In both work and life, there are those who see nothing but roadblocks. The authors view each situation that arises as one of infinite possibility. All a person needs is the right mindset and an understanding of the coaching tools that are described in this Featured Book Review. Learn about the way that possibility can open doors, change perspectives and provide a more direct path to personal achievement and satisfaction.

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  • Image of Linchpin
    Image of Linchpin

    Are You Indispensable?

    by Seth Godin

    Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous, but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Seth Godin’s latest book shows you how to become a linchpin in your organization.

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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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