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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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    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 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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    Using Personal Accountability to Succeed in Everything You Do

    by Tom Smith, Roger Connors

    Connors and Smith present the principles of personal accountability that can guide you to own your goals, accept responsibility for your performance, and take control of your success.

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    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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    The 12 Levers of Success

    by Stephen R. Covey

    In Primary Greatness, a posthumous work, Covey lays out the 12 levers of success that will lead to a life of primary greatness: Integrity, Contribution, Priority, Sacrifice, Service, Responsibility, Loyalty, Reciprocity, Diversity, Learning, Teaching and Renewal.

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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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  • Image of The Time Trap
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    The Classic Book on Time Management

    by Alec Mackenzie, Pat Nickerson

    One of the all-time bestselling books on time management, "The Time Trap" has shown countless readers how to squeeze the optimal efficiency — and satisfaction — out of their work day. Filled with smart tactics, revealing interviews, and handy time management tools, this is the proven guide professionals need to get everything under control.

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  • Image of Maximum Influence
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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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