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What’s in Your Beach Bag? Skillsoft Highlights Top Summer Reading Picks

By Erin
McQuillan, Senior Product Marketing Manager Skillsoft® Books24x7®

Summer is a
time for enjoying vacation, beach trips and beautiful weather – all at once if
we’re lucky! One of my favorite summer activities is checking books off my
must-read list, especially those that have accumulated over time. My colleagues
and friends agree –whether attacking that stack of magazines that has piled up,
digging into the latest bestseller or honing skills with the latest business
books, we all find reading to be a relaxing hobby in the summer months.

To support
our summer reading appetite, Skillsoft today announced some top summer reading
picks based on subscriber accesses. Available through Skillsoft Books24x7, the selected business genres
include leadership, career success, communication and personal development. The titles, available as full
text digital books and audio books in Skillsoft® Books24x7® BusinessPro™ or concise summaries in ExecSummaries™, cover a range of business topics including leadership, career success,
communication and personal development.

Today’s
rapidly changing business climate requires employees at all levels to stay
current and informed on new ideas, technologies and trends. The wisdom
contained in business-related books may be just the thing to recharge, refresh
and reflect on work and career goals during the summer months!

Some of Skillsoft’s top summer reading
picks

How to Change Minds: The Art of
Influence without Manipulation

Laying out a simple, repeatable,
measurable process for changing someone’s mind, this insightful book authored
by Rob Jolles
is filled with sometimes funny, sometimes moving stories illustrating how
challenging changing minds can be and the frequent gray line between influence
and manipulation.

How
Will You Measure Your Life?

Authored by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth and Karen
Dillon
, this
book is full of inspiration and wisdom to help students, midcareer
professionals and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

Just Listen: Discover the Secret
to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

Discussing the skills needed to get through to anyone, Mark
Goulston
shares
simple but powerful techniques readers can use to really get through to
people—whether they’re coworkers, friends, strangers or enemies.

Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s
Guide to Making a Difference

Identifying six unique strengths
that can make introverts powerful influencers, best-selling author Jennifer B. Kahnweiler shows how leaders can use those strengths to challenge the
status quo, provoke new ways of thinking, effect change and inspire others to
move forward.


Stiletto
Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of
Business

Sharing story after story of
women banding together to help other women, author Pamela Ryckman offers an inside look at what happens when bright, extraordinary
women—from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs—come together to
celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution:
Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

Authors Chris McChesney, Sean
Covey 
and Jim
Huling
presents
a simple, repeatable and proven formula for executing on important strategic
priorities in the midst of day-to-day whirlwind.

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone
Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

Author Olivia Fox Cabane discusses what charisma
actually is, how it is learned, what its side effects are and how to handle
them.

The Power of
Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

In The Power of Habit,
Charles Duhigg, award-winning business reporter for The New York Times, takes readers to the thrilling edge of
scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be
changed.

The Reality-Based Rules of the
Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make You
Happier

By showing how to calculate
one’s true value to your organization, this straight-to-the-point book authored
by Cy Wakeman
explains how a professional can confront and reduce emotional costliness to
their organization, become an invaluable member of their team and even learn to
love their job again.

You Can’t Lie to Me: The
Revolutionary Program to Supercharge Your Inner Lie Detector and Get to the
Truth

Written by Janine
Driver
, this
novel will change the way readers look at job applicants, co-workers, dates,
salespeople — anyone from whom individuals want and deserve the truth — while
simultaneously strengthening your relationships.

Subscribers
can access these selections – and thousands more – through the Skillsoft
Books24x7 online digital library. In partnership with the industry’s foremost publishers, industry vendors, analyst firms
and business thought leaders, Books24x7 offers on-demand, instant access to the
complete text of thousands of best-in-class online books, book summaries,
audiobooks, research reports and best practices. New titles are added every
week, ensuring breadth, depth and currency of subject coverage.

What’s
on your summer reading list? Will any business title find its way into your
beach bag?

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