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 Your Best Year Ever

    A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals

    by Michael Hyatt

    Michael Hyatt shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving goals. Anyone who is tired of not seeing progress in their personal, intellectual, business, relationship or financial goals will benefit from the field-tested wisdom found here.

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    The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change

    by Frank Sesno

    Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno breaks down the art of inquiry into eleven categories of questions, each designed for a different purpose. Learn how to ask, what to listen for, and how to link your questions to your goals.

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    The Surprising Truth About the Power of Now

    by Max McKeown

    Discover the power of your #NOW that enables you to take action, make decisions fast and effectively, and enjoy the moment while creating a successful and happy future.

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    Seeing Beyond Ourselves

    by The Arbinger Institute

    Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration and accelerates innovation — a shift to an outward mindset.

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  • Image of The Secret to Peak Productivity
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    A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best

    by Tamara Myles

    Certified Professional Organizer (CPO(R)) and productivity expert Tamara Myles has developed a simple model--the Productivity Pyramid--which provides an actionable framework for anyone to achieve better results.

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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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  • Image of 52 Essential Habits of Success
    Image of 52 Essential Habits of Success

    by Robert Stevenson

    According to Stevenson, if you spend a few minutes in the morning and the evening reviewing and contemplating a single essential successful habit for seven days, then by the end of 52 weeks you will have absorbed and incorporated all 52 habits into your life.

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  • Image of The Purpose Economy
    Image of The Purpose Economy

    How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World

    by Aaron Hurst

    Globally recognized entrepreneur Aaron Hurst identifies an emerging Purpose Economy which describes the new context and set of ways in which people and organizations are focused on creating value. Hurst examines three types of purpose that are transforming the economy: personal, social, and societal. This is a guide on how to thrive in the new economy and change the world in the process.

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    How to Get Everything You Want - Faster than You Ever Thought Possible

    by Brian Tracy

    Prolific author, speaker and sales trainer Tracy (his book Advanced Selling Strategies was summarized in 1995) offers specific advice to help executives and others achieve their personal and workplace goals. Clarifying your values and finding your “major definite purpose” is a key step. Tracy also identifies the self-imposed barriers that so many people put between themselves and their goals.

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