In the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Today, Thursday 9th August is Book Lovers Day. So, to celebrate, we thought we would round up the best books to help you get ahead in your career.
The next time you’re looking for a holiday book or a good bedtime read, pick up one of these best-sellers. They might just change your career.
1. ”Lean In”, Sheryl Sandberg
It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, everyone should read Sheryl Sandberg’s amazing book. As Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl knows a thing or two about getting ahead and she often challenges the lack of women in leadership roles in business today. She balances her personal stories with hard data to explain how you can make progress in your own career.
2. ”The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success”, Megan McArdle
Struggling with your own failures at work? Business blogger Megan McArdle shows us that we all have to deal with failure whether that’s in our personal or professional lives. What matters the most is how we handle it. Throughout the book, McArdle explains how you can turn those negative experiences into valuable lessons. The book contains stories from people in different walks of life from medicine to education and finance to HR.
3. ”Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One”, Jenny Blake
This is the perfect book to read if you’re considering a career change or you just feel the need to do something different in your career. Jenny is a career coach and former career development manager at Google. She uses a four-stage process to help readers craft a vision for their future, identify their strengths and take steps to build the career they want.
4. ”Build Your Dream Network”, J. Kelly Hoey
”Build Your Dream Network” is an essential guide to building powerful relationships and meaningful connections, both online and off. J. Kelly Hoey reminds us that networking does not have to be complicated. It can be as simple as grabbing coffee with a new colleague. The book also contains a series of Q&As with networking experts, as well as a host of tips and easy-to-use checklists.
5. ”Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success”, Adam Grant
A lot of people think that you need to be ruthless and selfish to get ahead. The reality is that this couldn’t be further from the truth. In this book, Wharton professor Adam Grant argues that the real key to success is being willing to help others. Don’t believe him? This book will definitely change your mind.