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.

  • Image of The Icarus Deception
    Image of The Icarus Deception

    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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  • Image of The Spark and the Grind
    Image of The Spark and the Grind

    Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

    by Erik Wahl

    Erik Wahl, a visual artist, speaker and entre¬preneur, helps us unite the yin and yang of creativity — the dynamic new ideas with the dogged effort.

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  • Image of #Now
    Image of #Now

    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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  • Image of The Outward Mindset
    Image of The Outward Mindset

    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 Unfinished Business
    Image of Unfinished Business

    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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  • Image of The ONE Thing
    Image of The ONE Thing

    The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

    by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan

    You want less. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. And you want more. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time. In The One Thing, you will learn how you can have both — less and more — by cutting through clutter, building momentum, staying on track...

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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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  • Image of Life Matters
    Image of Life Matters

    Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time, & Money

    by Rebecca R. Merrill, A Roger Merrill

    Everybody is concerned about work/life balance, but few understand that time and money are as important to life balance as work and family. Each area matters, and focusing on one without considering the others is ultimately unfulfilling, because they are so closely interrelated. It is possible that your expectations about work, family, time and money are unrealistic, and therefore you don’t see them properly. By examining your own experience, and seeking wisdom and inspiration, the Merrills writ

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