Soundview Executive Book Summaries


Can’t-Miss Collaboration Tips in CKC’s Executive Edge

One of the biggest challenges faced by today’s companies is how to create strong collaboration amongst the individuals in the organization. For many companies, this task is complicated by the workforce being stretched by geography but tied by technology. Add in to the mix the increasing prevalence of collaboration between a company and its customers, and one finds a climate in which the ability to work together is essential to continued success. The latest issue of CKC’s Executive Edge provides some excellent insight into the best methods to Foster a Culture of Collaboration.

Take a look at what thought leaders are sharing with you in this issue:

Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams (authors of Macrowikinomics) discuss how you can create of a culture of collaboration.

Emmanuel Gobillot (author of Leadershift) explains the unique leadership challenges you may face in the era of mass collaboration.

Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd (authors of The 2020 Workplace) provide a vision how your organization will collaborate in the next decade.

John Zenger, Joseph Folkman and Scott Edinger (authors of The Inspiring Leader) explain why the need for team achievements outweighs the draw of any individual accolade

If you have yet to check out an issue of Executive Edge, this is a great place to start! Twice each month, subscribers receive a digital publication devoted to an essential skill for any executive to master. To find out how easy it is for you to subscribe to this skill-building resource, click this link or visit Soundview online at Summary.com.



More Companies Embrace Mobile Learning for Executives

Whether it’s announcements about HTC’s new devices, changes to the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, or news that AT&T will introduce faster wireless data to five major cities in the U.S., it’s obvious that information is traveling at speeds and via devices that outpaces any other point in history. The business community continues to see the benefits of technological advancement, particularly as it applies to a mobile workforce. It wasn’t that long ago, during a time when it was still called “telecommuting,” that organizations were at the mercy of the technology of the time. The slow speeds and lack of wireless (in many cases) made the prospect of workforce mobility something of a gamble for companies.

In today’s market, the trend continues to extend to mobile learning. No longer are organizations dependent on providing staff with executive education opportunities that are tied to one date and one location. The Soundview Corporate Solutions Program is one of the best examples of why so many companies are helping their executives increase their skill sets on their own terms and at the time that suits them best.

Soundview’s Corporate Solutions Programoffers a complete suite of business learning content that enables an executive and his or her team to learn at their desired pace. One of the program’s highly acclaimed attributes is the variety of content that’s available for use with nearly every mobile device. Whether it’s watching CKC’s Executive Insights videos on a laptop or listening to the latest Soundview Executive Book Summary on an iPhone, executives continue to benefit from making any location a corporate classroom.

To learn more about the benefits of mobile learning and the Soundview Corporate Solutions Program, visit Corporate.Summary.com.



Book Review: Flash Foresight

Attempting to see into the future of business is a bit like interpreting the quatrains of the 16th century “seer” Nostradamus. The predictions are often varied and can be interpreted (or misinterpreted) in numerous ways. In a new summary now available from Soundview Executive Book Summaries, strategic adviser Daniel Burrus attempts to provide executives with a better method to provide a clearer picture of your company’s future. Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible provides what Burrus describes as “Seven radical principles that will transform your business.”

The interesting aspect for executives who pick up a copy of the summary of Flash Foresight lies in Burrus’ labeling of his seven principles as “radical.” When executives scan the list in the table of contents, they will see phrases such as “Start with Certainty,” “Anticipate,” and “Redefine and Reinvent.” While these principles don’t immediately strike a reader as radical, delving into Burrus’ work unearths surprising insights about strategy and directing one’s business.

This is typified by the principle “Start with Certainty.” Executives are aware of the importance of planning, and they likely spend a good portion of their time plotting a company’s course of action. Burrus turns the notion on its head by helping executives stop wasting time by attempting to discern what may happen and fixating instead on hard trends, those aspects of a business cycle for which a business can prepare. Burrus is a strong writer who puts a tremendous amount of intensity into supporting his ideas.

Executives should toss out their crystal ball and invest in the summary of Flash Foresight. For more information on this and other new summaries from Soundview, visit Summary.com.



Five Memorable Quotes from Soundview’s Author Insight Series

One of the great incentives to subscribe to Soundview Executive Book Summaries is the monthly installment of Soundview’s Author Insight Series. Each short, revealing mp3 provides executives with additional insights about many of the books summarized by Soundview. The best part is that executives get to hear fresh information directly from the author.

Here is a sampling of some memorable moments from the first half of 2011:

“One of the best ways to seed an opportunity is to allow someone to discover the opportunity for him- or herself.” – Greg McKeown, co-author Multipliers.

“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how good your PowerPoint slides are or your strategy or concept. What it really comes down to is your team. How motivated and willing are they to reinvent your organization and how much do they understand the evolving consumer need?” – Jeremy Gutsche, author Exploiting Chaos.

“People will envy you to the extent that you start out with a group of people and you rise up the organization faster than them. Get over what your peers are thinking about you because your peers are also your competitors.” – Jeffrey Pfeffer, author Power.

“I think that the opportunity is so big for companies to engage [in real-time] and frankly there’s so few that actually do, that when a company does engage in real time, people really sit up and notice.” – David Meerman Scott, author Real-Time Marketing & PR.

“The conditions that managers deplore the most about managing were created, maintained and enforced by managers acting as ‘management,’ the honor guard of the corporate organism.” – Stan Slap, author Bury My Heart at Conference Room B.

To see the complete list of 2011 Soundview Executive Book Summaries, click this link and visit Summary.com.



Executive SkillSets™: A NEW Must-Have for Leaders

Soundview Executive Book Summaries and its parent company Concentrated Knowledge Corporation are very pleased to debut Executive SkillSets™. This new executive education resource provides the same great multimedia, multi-format learning experience that subscribers to Soundview Executive Book Summaries receive each month. What separates Executive SkillSets from other learning modules is that each SkillSet is devoted to a specific aspect of an executive’s role.

What do you receive if you purchase an Executive SkillSet? Here’s an example.

Communicating Through Effective Presentations provides executives with:

  • 8-page Executive Book Summaries of these 5 titles:
    • Resonate by Nancy Duarte
    • Just Listen by Mark Goulston
    • The Power Presenter by Jerry Weissman
    • Presenting to Win by Jerry Weissman
    • The Art of Woo by G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa
  • A video interview with Dr. Stan Ridgley, assistant professor of Strategic Management and International Business at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
  • A 60-minute archived Webinar with Nancy Duarte, discussing how to make presentations resonate with participants.
  • An audio interview with Nancy Duarte containing additional information from her book Resonate.

This adds up to more than three hours of content devoted to educating an executive about a crucial skill for development!

There are 15 Executive SkillSets to choose from, including skills such as maximizing your professional value, leveraging social media, developing great leaders, and more. Each Executive SkillSet contains a variety of materials in a compact, digital package that saves you the time of researching and compiling the best information about the skill you want to strengthen.

To learn more and to see the complete list of Executive SkillSets visit this link to Summary.com.



Book Review: Change by Design

When individuals consider the source of great ideas, there is a predisposition to attribute greatness to mysterious forces. People are said to come up with moments of brilliance as a result of “divine inspiration” or “a bolt from the blue.” The latter is humorous when one considers that even lightning has an explanation for its existence. While ideas may appear to come from out of nowhere, the truth is that innovation can be calculated and controlled the same as any other force. The newest summary from Soundview Executive Book Summaries explores this idea. In Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, author and innovation expert Tim Brown explores the way in which organizations can harness the power of innovation.

Part of the reason that businesses become mystified by the process of innovation is because of the problems they are attempting to solve. Today’s business environment pits the average company against issues of technology, scale, product development and customer and employee satisfaction. Taken as a whole, the issues a company faces can be overwhelming. Brown offers the solution of design thinking, a method to create meaningful change in business and beyond. A key aspect for any reader who picks up a copy of this summary is Brown’s notion that insight is a must-have ability for companies trying to establish design thinking. The secret to insight? Observe the lives of the people around you. Companies often lose direction by overemphasis on internal matters. This disconnects the business from the people who, in most circumstances, will end up buying and using the company’s products.

Change by Design is now available in eight digital summary formats. Visit Summary.com to learn more.



Three New Soundview Summaries for May 2011

There are three great new summaries now available at Summary.com:

The Power of Professionalism: The Seven Mind-Sets that Drive Performance and Build Trust by Bill Wiersma

In this groundbreaking book, Wiersma outlines the seven key mind-sets of trusted professionals, offering a blueprint for both individuals and organizations interested in fostering a culture of professionalism. Professionalism is the ladder upon which all other organizational virtues rest. That’s why organizations whose members view themselves as professionals will outperform, outsmart, and outlast organizations that don’t.

Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible by Daniel Burrus & John David Mann

From small businesses to multinationals, individual careers to entire industries, Flash Foresight looks at how Daniel Burrus’s seven radical flash foresight “triggers” have transformed dozens of careers, fortunes, and lives. Flash Foresight provides an easy-to-implement blueprint for applying the same strategies to your own business, enabling you to see the invisible and do the impossible. Today, as the pace of technological change accelerates almost beyond the point of comprehension, Flash Foresight is an imperative.

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown

The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This book introduces the idea of design thinking‚ the collaborative process by which the designer’s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people’s needs with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy.

To learn more and to get your copies of these great new titles, visit Soundview’s Web site Summary.com.