If you’re focused on advancing or transitioning your career and want to keep it top of mind, check out one – or all – of these books! From strategies to support you at your current job to approaches to determine the next step for you, you’re sure to find a book in this list that resonates with you. All of these books have been read and vetted by Leila and she has high standards for what goes on this list. Now, get reading!
McKeown explores the hypothesis that we can get more done by doing less. Using case studies and historical examples, he concludes that if we can just choose the right pursuits to focus on, we’ll learn to be happier and more productive.
This book is for you if: You feel like you’re constantly under water at work and in life and are ready to develop a strategy to do less while being more productive and happier at the same time.
A collection of true stories about people that have reinvented their careers. Ibarra’s approach encourages action as a means to learning about yourself and your desires, and the stories demonstrate why action works. Her understanding of how powerful our work has on our psyche and our identity makes her advice that much more meaningful.
This book is for you if: You’re ready to reinvent yourself but not sure how or if the thought of starting a new career makes you feel like you’ll lose who you are in the process.
In a world full of interruptions and distractions, Cal Newport makes the argument that the ability to focus is the new skill that will set you apart. He provides strategies to practice focusing and find more time to do it so you can set yourself apart from the crowd.
This book is for you if: You’ve lost your ability to focus on work amidst all of the email and social media noise out there and you want to improve that ability so you can learn a new skill to transition your career or improve your current position by upping your game.
This book has quickly become a reference book for me. Csikszentmihalyi (say that 10 times fast) is the psychologist that discovered the concept of flow – the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else matters. This is the state, he argues, that we should be trying to achieve more to be happier. I recommend taking your time as you read this to really let the depth of the concepts sink in.
This book is for you if: You want to learn more about what makes people happy and how to get it. If you’re feeling like your work, relationships or life in general has become shallow and meaningless and your motivation has waned, this book will help identify what you need to do to get back on track.
Although not your traditional “career book,” I’m finding more and more that this short little nugget is a great reference for most of my high-achieving, type-A clients. This won’t take you more than a couple of hours to read, and is great if you’re feeling overwhelm or self-doubt or like you have too much on your plate and cant’ figure out how everyone else is getting it all done!
This book is for you if: You’re a people pleaser. Quindlen articulates why it’s so important to stop trying to fit into what other people expect of you and find out who you want to be at your core. It’s a book to come back to often when you’re lost in other people’s ideals and feel disconnected from your true self.
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