How Much is Too Much?

Here’s a topic that should spark some debate: Is there such a thing as too much personal disclosure in the realm of the Internet?

Apparently, someone thinks so. However, his identity may surprise you. Check out this quote:

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time… I mean we really have to think about these things as a society.”

This same person went on to suggest that the youngest members of society may one day seek to change their names because they’ve left a trail of embarrassing personal moments scattered across the Internet. The fact that a quick search can produce volumes of data about the average young person means that potential employers may have a filtered perception of just who they are considering for a position.

So, who is the mystery man who thinks there may be too much personal info online? Believe it or not, it’s Eric Schmidt … the CEO of Google!

Here’s the article from BBC.com where we were able to source the above comments. As the article indicates, there are those who believe that Schmidt is overstating the problem of willing disclosure of private information. However, the point about potential employers viewing candidates’ social networking sites is one that is discussed from time to time in books we review at Soundview.

Part of the problem is that the lack of filter creates a constant stream of communication with very little emphasis on connection. Soundview currently has a new summary from John Maxwell that attempts to respond to this issue in the physical world (although some of its concepts could easily be applied online). Visit us at Summary.com to learn more about Maxwell’s new book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently.

Maximum Maxwell

It’s no secret that John C. Maxwell is one of the most popular authors to have his works summarized by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. He’s a member of Soundview’s Author Network and his books repeatedly top the list of titles that our subscribers want to see summarized.

If you’re among Maxwell’s loyal legion of readers, there’s never been a better time to be a Soundview subscriber. Soundview recently released a summary of Maxwell’s classic The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. This summary met with such approval from Soundview’s subscribers that we’re certain you’ll also want to read our upcoming summary of Maxwell’s latest book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently. Subscribe now and make sure you’re among the first to receive this summary in your online library in our eight digital formats.

After you read the summary of Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, you can learn more about the book and its concepts from Maxwell himself. If you subscribe now, you’ll have access to Soundview’s Author Insight Series. The latest installment of Soundview’s mp3 audio series features Maxwell discussing keys to establishing deep connections with others. He also reveals some enlightening information that adds on to what you read in the summary.

Finally, while I can’t offer specifics at this point, rumor has it that Maxwell will be joining Soundview for a very special edition of Soundview Live during Fall 2010. As always, Soundview subscribers attend these exclusive Webinars for FREE. Keep checking this blog to find out how you can have an opportunity to ask a leadership legend for advice about your organization!

Overcome Tough Times and Equip Future Leaders

Everyone enjoys the occasional bright spot on a Monday. Here was something that made the start of my work week just a little bit easier, and I wanted to share it with you. I ran across this great article from John C. Maxwell that was posted on the Web site of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In it, Maxwell discusses the way that leaders can empower their workers, even during times of economic strain. The article goes on to offer five suggestions for leaders to create training opportunities without breaking the bank.

However, I was more impressed with Maxwell’s statement about the responsibility of leaders to develop their employees. He writes, “Access to the right relationships, resources, and opportunities can make a world of difference in their development. As a leader, it’s your duty to enrich and empower your people by fully equipping them to excel on the job.” As Maxwell notes, economic limitations mean that employers have to be more creative about the ways in which they enable the bulk of their workforce to improve itself on the job.

There is one additional benefit of ensuring that employers encourage workers to improve their development. It helps prevent talent drain during transitional periods or times of succession. While I’m not equipped with any statistical evidence, it stands to reason that companies that provide opportunities for employees to grow have better retention rates.

Learning should be a constant pursuit at all levels of an organization. That’s why Soundview Executive Book Summaries are a perfect tool for cost-efficient, time-saving learning. If you enjoyed Maxwell’s column, you should look into Soundview’s summary of his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. It contains some more great insights from this leadership expert.

The Untouchable Goal

One of my favorite Twitter feeds to keep tabs on belongs to our friend Marshall Goldsmith. Take a peek for yourself by clicking this link. He lives up to his reputation as one of the premiere coaches in business by providing daily insights and what I like to call “mini motivators.” I found myself thinking a little bit about a statement he put up today about the psychological perception of achieving a goal.

The original Twitter post said, “We think that achieving a goal will make us happy, ignoring the fact the goal line always moves slightly beyond reach.” Be honest. Do you feel this way from time to time? It’s no coincidence that Goldsmith concludes this thought with a link to his book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It. Throughout this book, Goldsmith takes a different perspective on motivation and reward. There are some that theorize that successful people are driven by a state of perpetual hunger. It’s based on the notion that there is always a new mountain to conquer and successful people never rest on their accomplishments. Goldsmith’s Twitter post reinforces an idea he discusses in Mojo that searching for fulfillment solely based on achieving a goal can lead to the endless pursuit of the unachievable.

Would you like to know what Goldsmith really believes is the secret to Mojo? Check out Soundview’s summary of Mojo to learn more about what drives people to success and fulfillment. Also, if you’re adding Marshall to your “following” list on Twitter, why not add Soundview, as well? It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on new blog posts, E-Book news and the latest events at Summary.com.

July’s Must-Read Titles Now Available!

While tuning in to the evening news last night (yes, some of us still occasionally watch news on television), I saw a statistic that 2010 is the warmest year since 1880. For those of us who have been dealing with the heat this summer, there’s something to be said for staying indoors and enjoying a good book summary. Fortunately enough, Soundview has three great new summaries now available to help boost your skills and advance your business goals.

We start off with Spark: How Old-Fashioned Values Drive a Twenty-First-Century Corporation by Frank Koller. This title tells the interesting story of Lincoln Electric, a company whose “guaranteed continuous employment” policy is revolutionary in modern business. How does the policy work? What can your business learn from it? Check out the summary and find out.

Our trio of new summaries continues with a book from Marshall Goldsmith, a long-time favorite of Soundview subscribers. After altering the landscape with his classic best-seller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Goldsmith turns his insight to motivation with Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back If You Lose It. Goldsmith’s points will help you keep your torch burning bright while others’ waver and go dim.

Continuing on with subscriber favorites, the last of our three new summaries comes from John Maxwell. In The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Maxwell reveals the unique mindset and actions that can transform you into a better, more effective leader. Follow these tips and make yourself indispensable in the process.

To learn more about these great new summaries, visit Soundview online at Summary.com.

A FREE Resource You HAVE to Use!

There’s a reason I tend to conclude my posts by telling everyone to visit Soundview’s Web site, Summary.com. The site is regularly updated with information about newly released executive book summaries, book reviews (1,000 FREE reviews and growing!), upcoming Soundview Live Webinars and other great business learning resources.

I’ve got great news about another new resource available at Summary.com. How much do you think it would cost to attend an event where you hear vital business lectures from speakers such as Bill George, Patrick Lencioni, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Paul Krugman and David M. Rubenstein, among others? The event is the World Business Forum, and a ticket can cost as much as $2,500.

Fortunately, Soundview has partnered with HSM Global, producers of the World Business Forum, to bring you exclusive audio summaries of the event’s major speakers. These audio summaries are available for you to listen to for FREE!

Each audio summary is a 10-minute MP3 that features a narrated overview of the speech. The summary includes actual clips from the live speech given by the presenter at World Business Forum. If these tough economic times meant that you weren’t able to spend $2,500 on a ticket to the World Business Forum, these FREE audio summaries allow you to hear what you missed.

I need to stress here that you do NOT have to be a Soundview subscriber to listen to the World Business Forum audio summaries. These exclusive content pieces are FREE for everyone to learn from and enjoy. In fact, I’d recommend starting with Patrick Lencioni, whose latest book Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears that Sabotage Client Loyalty is now available as a Soundview summary!

To listen to the audio summaries from the World Business Forum, CLICK THIS LINK!

Inside Info From Book Expo

Just wanted to put up a quick post for everyone while myself and the rest of the Soundview folks are busy at BookExpo America.

After a full day of walking the exhibition floor yesterday, I was very happy to hear positive reports from many of our associates in the publishing industry. The past two years have been difficult for every industry, and ours was no exception. However, there was optimism at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.

There are going to be some great business titles coming from a variety of publishers over the next several months. While I can’t get into specifics, the Fall looks to be very promising. I spoke with several individuals yesterday who gave us some great insights into trends we may see in business books as 2010 rolls on and the economy continues to ebb and flow. As I reflected on recent comments I’ve received from subscribers, I think we’re looking at a great second half of 2010.

I’ve got more folks to see, so I’ll close for now. Please keep visiting us at Summary.com to see what’s coming next!

Did You Face the “Naked” Truth?

For those of you that were unable to attend, I wanted to share a highlight from today’s Soundview Live event with New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni.

During the course of the 60-minute event, Lencioni fielded some terrific questions from our attendees. The range of questions dealt with everything from applying Lencioni’s “Naked Service” technique to dealing with difficult clients and the best ways to get both service provider and client on the same page.

One of the questions that Lencioni receives the most about this topic is how uncomfortable the level of honesty is for many people. When asked if this approach ever costs anyone business, Lencioni had this to say:

“The irony here is that by demonstrating to your client that you will do whatever is necessary, even if it means jeopardizing the account, you ensure that the account will never be jeopardized.”

Lencioni went on to relay a story that while consulting with a major, well-known corporation, he was forced to say, “I think if you go through with this plan, you’re crazy!” Despite the fact that this level of honesty can be jarring and uncomfortable, Lencioni pointed out that he was able to make a difference because the client recognized that he had their best interest at heart.

Great advice, isn’t it? I think it’s a lesson we could all put into practice in our own businesses.

Keep your eyes on Summary.com and this blog for an announcement about the release of the summary of Lencioni’s latest book Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears that Sabotage Client Loyalty.

And if you haven’t joined us for a Soundview Live event, now is the time! Attendance is FREE for subscribers!

Ferrazzi’s Ferocity Can Help You Create Lifelines

In Soundview’s November 2009 edition, we’re pleased to feature Who’s Got Your Back? from Keith Ferrazzi, author of the classic Never Eat Alone. One of the major reasons we selected Who’s Got Your Back?  for summarization is the book’s unique look at networking. Ferrazzi brings an intensity and sense of drive that echoes through the pages of his book. One of the key insights in the book is Ferrazzi’s discussion of the necessity to form three “lifeline” relationships. The definition of “lifeline” and the method needed to forge these relationships is certain to change a lot of people’s minds about networking.

For subscribers, you’ll be fortunate enough to hear Ferrazzi’s intensity firsthand. We’re featuring an mp3 interview with Ferrazzi in which he goes into further detail about the method to forming lifeline relationships. I was also pleased to hear Ferrazzi’s personal revelations about how many of the elements of the book came from events in his own life. It’s easy to see why, at one point during the conversation, he points out that the people who form his own “lifeline” relationships are the ones who tell him to slow down and not take on too much.

By the time I was done listening to the interview, I was ready to charge out into the world and start cementing the bonds of my strongest relationships. There’s no doubt that he’ll give you the same spark!

If you’re not currently a subscriber, visit us at Summary.com for more information on how you can receive these FREE interviews with today’s top business authors.

This Network is Our Big News

Wouldn’t it be nice to attend a presentation without having to hear a lot of shouting? Bet you thought that wasn’t possible anymore.

Well, I’ve got good news for everyone today. Soundview isn’t in the business of resolving the country’s health care debate. (Although, if you caught our recent Soundview Live event with Harvard professor and author Clayton M. Christensen, we hope you learned as much as we did!) What we can offer you is the knowledge and experience of some of the top speakers in the areas of leadership, management and success.

How do we manage this feat? The Soundview Author Network!

One aspect of our business of which I’m most proud is the time and effort we put into developing good working relationships with the authors whose books we summarize. Like the authors themselves, we know that the book is only part of the author’s overall message. Our author network keeps you posted on an ever-evolving calendar of events featuring some of our favorite authors. The calendar includes a list of speaking engagements for authors in our network. These are the “shouting free” events I referred to earlier.

But that’s just the beginning! Click on each author in the Soundview Author Network to view the author’s bio, featured Soundview products and multimedia relating to some of the author’s major topics. I spent some time yesterday watching author Patrick Lencioni discuss why teams fail and was very surprised by what he had to say.

The Soundview Author Network is growing all the time and that, I think, is some good news. Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of good news now and again?