These books present insight into what it takes to build an effective career.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
Achor is a proponent of positive psychology. He does, however, manage to stay away from much of the fluff that comes with it. He builds his arguments using extensive research, and he shows how the conventional wisdom about success leading to happiness is actually more true in reverse. This book is an action plan for both individuals and organizations.
How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen
A few years back, Christensen gave a speech to the Harvard MBA class of 2010. It was so well-received that he was approached to write a book about his wisdom. Using well-known principles from the business world, he helps us better think about the demands of work and life. This book will make you rethink your career strategy.
The Start-up of You by Ben Casnocha & Reid Hoffman
The Start-up of You is a product of two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Ben Casnocha and Reid Hoffman – founders of Comcate and LinkedIn. As the name implies, it’s about the idea of directing a career with an entrepreneurial touch. It’s not as much a job-hunting manual as it is a call for cultivating the mindset required to succeed in today’s continually evolving job market.
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Grant is The Wharton School’s highest rated and youngest tenured professor. In this book, he takes a look at how different ways of interacting with others yield different results in professional work environments. He defines people into categories of givers, takers, and matchers, and he uses a mountain of research to show who comes out on top.
Smartcuts by Shane Snow
Journalist and entrepreneur Shane Snow works through case studies of individuals and companies that have applied examples of lateral thinking to achieve success in a relatively short period. Smartcuts contains some good ideas on how to get more out of a career or a business. It’s easy to read with some actionable advice.