Business Learning in Bloom with Three New Summaries

If you check your calendar today, you’ll notice that the first quarter of 2012 is rapidly coming to a close. How are you progressing on your personal and professional goals for the year? What about your people? Are your interactions with them leading to increased success for both sides? With spring upon us, it’s time to do what’s necessary to help your ambitions begin to bloom. To that end, here are three great new Soundview Executive Book Summaries to help your business development efforts:

 

by John C. Maxwell

The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell: The concept of 5 levels of leadership is one that John C. Maxwell has taught all over the world. The levels represent stages in leadership development starting with being the boss who people follow because you have been appointed as their leader, to reaching the pinnacle of leadership, when you are followed because of who you are and what you represent. In The 5 Levels of Leadership, you will learn how to master the ability to inspire people and achieve results. Maxwell details each level of leadership and provides a clear path to reach the next.

 

 

 

 

by Harrison Monarth

360 Degrees of Influence by Harrison Monarth: The best leaders influence those who are below and above them, as well as people external to the organization, such as customers and partners. In 360 Degrees of Influence, Harrison Monarth provides advice on how to gain the trust and respect of those around you and how to expand your influence well beyond your immediate environment. Providing valuable insight into human emotion and behavior, Monarth reveals the secrets to knowing what people are thinking and feeling — maybe better than they do.

 

 

 

 

by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk: Gary Vaynerchuk’s Thank You Economy principles are about the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, and the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline. Companies and brands are now competing on a whole new level in an entirely new business era. The Thank You Economy reveals how businesses can harness all the changes and challenges inherent in social media and turn them into tremendous opportunities for profit and growth.

To get your copies of these summaries in all of Soundview’s digital formats, visit Soundview’s Web site Summary.com.

One Good Thought Deserves Another

As with so many organizations today, Soundview Executive Book Summaries is active on Twitter. If you’ve never checked us out, you can find us @businessbooks. One of my favorite aspects of Twitter is the ability to check out who each “Twitterer” is following. If you look at the list of people Soundview is following, you’ll see many of the authors, speakers and thought leaders whose works have become some of Soundview’s best business book summaries.

I was scanning a few folks’ Twitter feeds today and saw a great quote from one of the people Soundview follows: John Maxwell. He posted a quote from former football coach Lou Holtz that reads,”It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”

Coincidentally, this concept of discovering and growing the ability of others forms the basis for one of Soundview’s newest summaries. Our subscriber base has taken quite an interest in Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown. The concept bucks the trend of the “command and conquer” style of leadership. The notion of a single individual who dictates policy and carries the flag (while the rank and file fall into line accordingly) is heroic but also impractical for growth. Think of it this way: In one room is a single desk occupied by a successful leader. In a second room, a staff of 20 talented employees sit around a conference table. If you gave everyone a problem to solve, which of the two rooms is more likely to come up with a variety of innovative solutions?

The best scenario would be one in which the leader and the 20-person team collaborate. As Multipliers demonstrates, a leader who is a multiplier creates an environment where employees are actively engaged and emotionally attached. This gives them the opportunity to push their talents to new heights.

To learn more, pick up a copy of Soundview’s book summary of Multipliers, and don’t forget to visit Soundview online at Summary.com for more great books on leadership.

Are You Missing the Connection?

I got a chuckle from reading this article about two of cable TV’s pundits having a back-and-forth over the recent “Rally to Restore Sanity” held by Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Stewart spoke during his event about the fear mongering and constant hyping of political minutiae perpetuated by the 24-hour cable news media. What I found funny is that some of the criticism from people in the media came via Twitter, yet another arena where interested individuals can hear up-to-the-millisecond opinions about the failings of any given political party. The steady stream of criticism and persecution is so overwhelming one has to imagine that silence would be the only action left that would provide any shock value. Too bad there’s not any of that forthcoming, eh?

I believe Stewart meant well with his message about the danger of ramping up panic, but he may be overestimating the number of people who are paying such close attention to the media. While talk continues unabated, action waits with patience in the wings and the audience yawns in indifference. The assembled punditry (as well as anyone with an interest in making a difference) should take a moment to read John C. Maxwell’s Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently. In this book, available in eight digital summary formats from Soundview, Maxwell provides five principles and five practices that anyone can use to connect with an audience. The hallmark of any work by Maxwell is the way in which he tells stories from everyday life that illustrate his principles. There are some gems in Everyone Communicates, Few Connect and unlike the majority of what you hear from cable news outlets, Maxwell’s tales will leave you with a smile on your face and the desire to do something better in the world.

To learn more about Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, as well as other summaries of John Maxwell’s books, visit Soundview online at Summary.com.

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.

Three Hot New Summaries Available Now!

Depending on where you live, this has been quite a brutal summer, hasn’t it? I don’t think I can remember a year where I’ve consciously avoided spending too much time outdoors as much as I have this summer. Of course, my extra time spent in the air conditioning means that I’ve been able to read even more business books. Our entire editorial team has been hard at work scouring the stacks of submissions. The result of this intense study is three new summaries now available on Summary.com!

As I mentioned on Wednesday of this week, Soundview subscribers can’t get enough of the insightful works of John C. Maxwell. We’re pleased to announce that you can now read the summary of his latest book Everyone Communicates, Few Connect. In this book, Maxwell provides readers with the skills to create lasting connections through communication. Whether speaking to an audience of one or a thousand, Maxwell shares the best practices to create memorable connections.

Have you ever wondered why some products take off while others languish? Author Kevin Maney provides an in-depth examination of this problem in the summary of his book Trade-Off: Why Some Things Catch On and Others Don’t. Maney argues that successful products are either high fidelity or high convenience. Read the summary to see why companies that try to merge the two into a single product end up losing potential buyers.

Finally, our third new summary takes readers on an exploration of the modern workplace. Jon Katzenbach and Zia Khan offer leaders a new way forward in their book Leading Outside the Lines: How to Mobilize the (in)Formal Organization, Energize Your Team and Get Better Results.

Who said these have to be the dog days of August? We’ve got three great summaries in eight digital formats to help take your mind off the heat. Learn more about the benefits of a Soundview subscription.

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.

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.