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 The Power of Reputation

    Strengthen the Asset that Will Make or Break Your Career

    by Chris Komisarjevsky

    Learn how to be authentic, open to ideas, a strong communicator, and by your actions, demonstrate that you are a person of character.

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    How Smart Professionals Change Careers – and Seize Success

    by Dawn Graham

    Packed with psychological insights and expert strategies, Switchers will help you leap over obstacles and into a whole new field.

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    How to Captivate, Inspire and Influence for Maximum Success

    by Kurt Mortensen

    The Laws of Charisma shows readers how to: radiate confidence, passion, power, and optimism; combine purpose, creativity, competence, and focus to inspire commitment; influence others by improving communication skills; and persuade and empower anyone by creating instant rapport.

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  • Image of Stretch
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    How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

    by Barbara Mistick, Karie Willyerd

    Workplace futurist Karie Willyerd and college president Barbara Mistick offer evidence-based guidance to help you stretch to achieve your potential in order to remain relevant in tomorrow's changing work environment.

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  • Image of Unfinished Business
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    Women, Men, Work, Family

    by Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Anne-Marie Slaughter offers her own story as a backdrop for discussing the challenges that face women who seek to have an incredible career while nurturing a happy family.

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    The New Psychology of Success

    by Carol Dweck

    World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly profound idea — the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success–but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.

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  • Image of The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace
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    Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You Happier

    by Cy Wakeman

    More than anything else, you need to understand exactly how your employer evaluates you, and your annual performance review doesn't tell the whole story. In The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, Cy Wakeman shows how to calculate your true value to your organization by understanding your current and future potential against your "emotional expense" — the toll your actions and attitudes take on the people around you. With Wakeman's clear, straight-to-the-point...

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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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    Why Some People Have It and Others Don't

    by Jeffrey Pfeffer

    Jeffrey Pfeffer, one of the greatest minds in management theory, reveals how to succeed and wield power in the real world. This executive summary of his latest book, Power, is a groundbreaking guide that reveals the strategies and tactics that separate the winners from the losers.

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