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“ The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.” - Francoise de Motteville



Here are my recommendations for excellent books that may relate to your particular career situation. The comments for each book are my own. Laura Hill

The Right Leader
by Nat Stoddard and Claire Wycoff
Nat is the chairman of Crenshaw Associates (and my former boss). His book addresses the importance of culture fit in executive selection and how to ensure that a new leader's character is in sync with the rest of the organization, avoiding disastrous consequences for both the company and the executive.

It's Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need
Bruce Tulgan
Bruce Tulgan is the management guru of inter-generational harmony. I recommend this book for new and aspiring managers, and their bosses!

Play Like a Man Win Like a Woman
Gail Evans
Where was this book when I really needed it back when?! Women should stop complaining about the glass ceiling and read this book.

Career Match, Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do
Shoya Zichy with Ann Bidou
For helping people of all ages find the right career, I can’t recommend a better book than this one by my friend Shoya Zichy.

What Every Successful Woman Knows
12 Breakthrough Strategies to Get the Power and Ignite Your Career

Janice Reals Ellig and William J. Morin
An executive recruiter and co-founder of outplacement firm DBM team up to give good advice for corporate types.

Basic Black
Cathy Black
I gave this book to the twenty-something career-minded ladies in my family for Christmas.

Career Distinction, Stand Out by Building Your Brand
William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson
This is a terrific book on building your personal brand – definitely au currant.

Now, Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
The online quiz that comes with the book is a great value (buy the book new so you have an unused key to take the quiz). Note that this is the same test as in the Tom Rath book StrengthsFinder 2.0.

StrengthsFinder 2.0: A New and Upgraded Edition of the Online Test from Gallup's Now, Discover Your Strengths
Tom Rath
A great tool for career planning, development, and defining and building your personal brand.

Why Men Earn More
Warren Farrell, Ph.D.
This book presents the real facts about gender differences and compensation. 

The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers
The Guide for Achieving Success and Satisfaction

James M. Citrin and Richard A. Smith
I recommend this book for ambitious corporate types – contains excellent career management tips for getting to the top.

Don’t Retire, REWIRE!
Jeri Sedlar and Rick Miners
The exercises and step-by-step process in this book are really good. The Drivers exercise, is one of the best, and easiest, tools I’ve ever seen

Portfolio Life
David Corbett with Richard Higgins
A must-read for the 55+ set, and if you have abilities that pull you in different career directions, perhaps you’re not too young to consider a “portfolio career”. 

How We Choose to Be Happy
Rick Foster and Greg Hicks
This is one of the leading books on the topic of happiness. Rick and Greg are still trekking the world conducting research on happy people.

Good to Great
Jim Collins
I recommend this for anyone in management or consulting.

Built to Last
Jim Collins
One of the great new classics of modern management thought.

Jack Welch with Suzy Welch
In addition to sharing management concepts, Jack has some excellent career management tips in this book.

Targeting a Great Career
Kate Wendleton / The Five O’clock Club
This one is for strategic career planning – either to find or change careers, and as the prerequisite for a job search. Contains the Seven Stories and Forty Year Vision exercises. 

Your Great Business Idea : The Truth about Making It Happen
Kate Wendleton / The Five O’clock Club
Considering starting a business? Read this first.

Shortcut Your Job Search : The Best Ways to Get Meetings
Kate Wendleton / The Five O’clock Club
This book takes you through the basics of getting a new job.

Mastering the Job Interview and Winning the Money Game
Kate Wendleton / The Five O’clock Club
The art and science of job interviews and salary negotiations.

Navigating Your Career : Develop Your Plan, Manage Your Boss, Get Another Job Inside
Kate Wendleton / The Five O’clock Club
Tips for on–the–job career success.

DNA of The Young Entrepreneur: A Way to Wealth for Young Entrepreneurs
by Sean McCauley

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