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, motivation, goals, 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 Book of Real-World Negotiations
    Image of The Book of Real-World Negotiations

    Successful Strategies from Business, Government, and Daily Life

    by Joshua N. Weiss

    The art of negotiation requires creativity and quick thinking to find win-win solutions, especially when the stakes are high.

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  • Image of The Catalyst
    Image of The Catalyst

    How to Change Anyone’s Mind

    by Jonah Berger

    In The Catalyst, Jonah Berger identifies the key barriers to change and how to mitigate them.

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  • Image of The Secret to Peak Productivity
    Image of The Secret to Peak Productivity

    A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best

    by Tamara Myles

    Productivity expert Tamara Myles’ Productivity Pyramid provides an actionable framework for anyone to achieve better results.

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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 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

    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 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 Blink

    The Power of Thinking without Thinking

    by Malcolm Gladwell

    Blink is about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant — in the blink of an eye — that actually aren’t as simple as they seem, and about those instantaneous decisions that are impossible to explain to others. In this summary, staff writer from The New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of...

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