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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    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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    15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work

    by Todd Davis

    FranklinCovey’s Chief People Officer, Todd Davis, describes the most common relationship pitfalls that negatively affect personal careers and organizational results.

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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 Give and Take
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    Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

    by Adam Grant

    Adam Grant examines what shapes people to become takers, matchers or givers, causing some to rise to the top of their companies and others to slip to the bottom. Give and Take opens up a new way to approach work, interactions and productivity.

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    A Guide to Building Business Relationships That Really Work

    by Shari Harley

    In How to Say Anything to Anyone, you'll learn how to ask for what you want at work, improve all types of working relationships, reduce the gossip and drama in your office, tell people when you’re frustrated in a way that resonates, take action on your ideas and feelings, and get honest feedback on your performance. Author Shari Harley shares real-life stories of people who have struggled to get what they want at work. With her clear and specific roadmap in hand, Harley enables you...

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    The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success –– and Won’t Let You Fail

    by Keith Ferrazzi

    Keith Ferrazzi, the internationally renowned thought leader, consultant, and bestselling author of Never Eat Alone, shows us that becoming a winner in any field of endeavor requires a trusted team of advisors who can offer guidance and help to hold us accountable to achieving our goals. Disregard the myth of the lone professional “superman.” The real path to success in your work and in your life is through creating an inner circle of “lifeline relationships.”

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  • Image of The Black Swan
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    The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

    A Soundview Featured Book Review
    According to Taleb, regardless of what we know from history, a single improbable event can change everything we think about the world. Taleb calls these improbable events Black Swans.

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    Discover the People Principles that Work for You Every Time

    by John C. Maxwell

    In Winning with People, renowned leadership expert and author John Maxwell describes how anyone can improve his or her relationship skills. With 25 “People Principles” that anyone can learn and use anywhere he or she might be, Maxwell shows how relationships can be created and strengthened for success in work and life, and provides the tools needed to immediately improve existing relationships as well as cultivate strong, exciting and new ones. The skills used plus the relationships cho

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    The Simple Truth About Getting Along with Friends and Foes at Work

    by Bob Wall

    No matter how good you are at what you do, no matter how talented, skilled and knowledgeable you are, the most important and frustrating factor in determining your success and satisfaction in the workplace is your ability to forge effective relationships with others. This book is designed to help you meet that challenge.

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