Suggested Reading

The following books are great resources for developing both your own career and the career of staff that report to you.

Resources for All Staff

  • Be Your Own Mentor, authored by Sheila W. Wellington, offers advice from successful individuals on how they got to where they are, the mistakes they feel they’ve made along the way, and how they have created lives of achievement and satisfaction. It includes how to master the art of networking, create opportunities to gain experience and visibility, manage time, and devise a short-term and long-term career strategy.
  • Crucial Conversationsauthored by Kerry Patterson, provides tools that help improve communication in high-stakes situations and prepare you for powerful and persuasive dialogue.
  • In their first book, Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show how design thinking can help create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology and products can be used to design and build a rewarding career and joyful life.
  • In their sequel, Designing Your Work Life, Burnett and Evans demonstrate how design thinking can transform your present job and experience of work by utilizing the designer mindsets: Curiosity. Reframing. Radical collaboration. Awareness. Bias to action. Storytelling. The tools and tips presented will teach you to enjoy what you have and to live in a positive state, making new possibilities available, giving you the energy to enjoy the present moment, and empowering you to begin to prototype possible futures.
  • You don’t have to go….Love It, Don’t Leave It, authored by Beverly L. Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, will teach you how to get satisfaction from your work right where you are, right now.
  • Never Eat Alone, authored by Keith Ferrazzi, illustrates the importance of building a strong personal and professional network. This resource delivers concrete suggestions to put yourself out there and build a long-term network that you can call on throughout your career.
  • It’s often reported that the #1 fear among American adults is public speaking. The Exceptional Presenter, authored by Timothy J. Koegel, lays out distinctive techniques in a format suited to today’s busy professional world.
  • Up is not the only way, authored by Beverly L. Kaye, Lynn Cowart, and Lindy Williams, presents options beyond “up or out”: keep the same job but discover new ways to learn and grow, move laterally to a position that could be a better fit, or step back to explore something new. This book encourages you to be open to ever-shifting patterns of opportunities and possibilities so that you can create a personalized path to a rewarding career.
  • In Work + Life, authored by Cali Williams Yost, the message is simple: Work doesn’t have to be all or nothing. There are countless combinations of balancing work and life between these extremes. Learn how to change the way work fits into your life in a way that’s good for both staff and managers.

Resources for Managers

  • Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, authored by Beverly L. Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni, provides guidance on engaging and retaining top talent. It encourages creating a culture of career development within your department.
  • Since employees who leave organizations can cost up to 200 percent of their annual salaries to replace, retention is one of the most important issues facing us today. Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em, authored by Beverly L. Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, addresses how to engage and retain your top talent.
  • Congratulations, you’re a manager! As you step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don’t really know what you’re doing. The Making of a Manager, authored by Julie Zhuo, concludes that great managers are made, not born. This book includes examples around how to tell a great manager from an average manager, how to build trust with your team, and where to look when you lack the answers.
  • In What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, authored by Marshall and Reiter Goldsmith, America’s most sought-after executive coach outlines behaviors that can hold you back in your career as you aspire to be a senior leader (behaviors that may be that the very characteristics that got you to where you are now). Learn more about the subtle nuances that can help you elevate your skills and others’ perceptions of you.