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Conventional wisdom will only bring you conventional results. To stand out, you need to break the so-called rules and think outside the box.
As it turns out, you’ve probably been given a lot of advice that is really detrimental to your long-term career advancement. (See, for example, “8 Common Business Tips You Should Ignore At All Costs.”) And as you’ll see below, even well-meaning advice that you should pursue your passion and work hard at isn’t always enough to propel you to the success you desire.
We recently asked Thomas’ staff what career books they think everyone should read and received recommendations suggesting readers flip through the text on how to improve their career journeys. Whether you are still trying to figure out the right career path for you or you are in a job you love but struggle with different challenges, these books will educate, inspire and motivate you.
Too Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In Searching For The Job You Love by Cal Newport
Kathy Ma, Vice President, Platform Growth and Engagement, says at Cal Newport Too Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In Searching For The Job You LoveAnd There is a “controversial thesis here that there are no dream jobs or careers In itself, but there is a way to sculpt them to create a work you love. Find out why we sell dreams when you’re told “You have to follow your passion” and find out how having something so good is actually the secret to enjoying your work. “
Newport contradicted advice given by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his famous graduation speech at Stanford University that graduates should follow their dreams, noting that Jobs did not take his own advice. Instead, Newport takes his cues from comedian Steve Martin, who once said the key to success is to be so good at what you do that you can’t be ignored.
Using scientific evidence, Newport, who received his Ph.D. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues that readers should put their efforts into what they have decided they are doing well and where they have established “functional capital.” Passion will only get you so far. You need skills and talent.
Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter Throughout the Day by David Rock
Says Patrick Carroll, Digital Marketing Strategist, Dr. David Rock Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter Throughout the Day “Help me organize my project management work day.”
Hard work leads to burnout. You need to work smart. Rock tackles today’s demanding work culture and delivers solutions that will not only help you manage your tasks but feel energized in doing so.
Although this book is full of research, it makes the information accessible using a modern-day couple as an example. Rock delves into how these busy professionals set priorities and act upon the barrage of emails, calls, projects, meetings, and proposals they encounter every day. In doing so, it offers tips and tricks you can use to improve focus, keep yourself balanced when you’re stressed, and influence others.
The goal: a process of continuous improvement by yahoo m. Goldrat
“For project management and process optimization, this was a great book,” says Mike Santacero, Director of Supplier Content.
“Target Great!” Stephen Jewels, Artistic Project Director, agrees.
Now in his thirtiesy Yahoo edition m. Goldrat The goal: a process of continuous improvement It is the number one Amazon bestseller in business operations research. It’s about breaking free from standard ways of thinking to do what really needs to be done. This includes ridding oneself of the idea that goals should be considered in absolute terms. Instead, Goldratt postulates that a goal should be defined as something that sets an individual or company on a path leading to continuous improvement.
This is not your normal business book. It’s written as a page-turning novel. It centers around a busy factory manager named Alex Rogo who has 90 days to prove to corporate headquarters that the factory shouldn’t close, which would cost hundreds of people their jobs.
(If you are looking for another business book disguised as a novel, you may be interested in Jin Kim’s book Phoenix Project, mentioned in our other reading guide.)
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