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
    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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  • Image of The Time Trap
    Image of The Time Trap

    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 The Laws of Charisma
    Image of The Laws of Charisma

    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 The 5 Choices
    Image of The 5 Choices

    The Path to Extraordinary Productivity

    by Adam Merrill, Leena Rinne, Kory Kogon

    The authors combine research and insights from FranklinCovey to redefine time management in ways that will increase the productivity of individuals, teams and organizations. The 5 Choices will empower individuals to make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest their valuable time, attention and energy.

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  • Image of Brief
    Image of Brief

    Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less

    by Joseph McCormack

    Senior marketing executive Joseph McCormack offers a step-by-step approach to getting to the point quickly and delivering every message with maximum impact. Brief describes how to use BRIEF maps, narratives and visual media to make your message more compelling. A master of brevity says less and gets more done –– learn how.

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  • Image of Extreme Productivity
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    Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

    by Robert C. Pozen

    In Extreme Productivity, author Robert Pozen reveals the secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. This book is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by an existing workload — facing myriad competing demands and multiple time-sensitive projects. Offering antidotes to a calendar full of boring meetings and a backlog of e-mails, Extreme Productivity explains how to determine your highest priorities and match them with how you actually spend your time.

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  • Image of Talent Is Overrated
    Image of Talent Is Overrated

    What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

    by Geoff Colvin

    What’s the real solution to the mystery of high performance? According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, what really makes all the difference is a highly specific kind of effort, what he calls “deliberate practice.” It’s difficult. It hurts. But more of it equals better performance. Tons of it equals great performance.

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  • Image of The Age of Speed
    Image of The Age of Speed

    A Strategy for Thriving in a More-Faster-Now World

    by Vince Poscente

    In a time starved era, you need to stop listening to everyone who tells you to slow down, and begin paying attention to authors like Poscente who give you the necessary tools to get ahead of the rush once and for all. The author illustrates why harnessing the power of speed is the ultimate solution for those seeking less stress, less busyness and more balance, while providing the reader with case studies gleaned from successful companies such as Geico, Netflix and Nintendo.

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  • Image of The Black Swan
    Image of The Black Swan

    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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