Do something you love and you will never have to work a day in your life is the mantra of most working women as they go for their chosen career. After choosing and pursuing a certain career, it becomes apparent that you are either not comfortable in it or you feel like it has stagnated.
In other instances, things may be okay and you simply want to improve certain aspects of your career. What better way to look into changing or improving your career than by reading a book on professionalism? As we wait to vote and for some few days after the election, you will have some free time away from work. So how about curling up with one of these books?
1. Unclutter Your Life in One Week
This book is written by organization expert Erin Rooney who will show you, the reader, how to simply and declutter your environment to have a stress-free life in a week. In this book, you will learn how to let go of sentimental clutter, avoid procrastination that often stands in the progress of career. It will also teach you how to create a personalized and effective filing system as well as how to keep peaceful work and home environments.
2. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Successful people are very keen on relationships where everybody wins and this book by Keith Ferrazzi entails the necessary steps and mindset that you can use to reach out to associates, friends, and colleagues.
The writer who comes from a humble background used his connections to get a scholarship at Yale and for a Harvard MBA as well. He would become an executive in several places as well because of the connections which also launched him to Washington’s power center and Hollywood’s Who is Who list.
He was also on Crain’s 40 Under 40 and selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the Davos World Economic Forum and so on. The book will show you how to connect by being generous, helping to further connections for others, generosity and so on.
Some of the principles you will also learn in the book include not keeping scores, reaching out all the time and not when you need a favor and never eating alone.
3. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth
Have you been sitting at your desk wondering how to ask for a raise as the bills keep piling up and your salary is just not enough anymore? This book by Mika Brzezinski will help you get the confidence to ask for a raise.
In the book, the author narrates her own experience that led her to ask for a raise in her career.
4. Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want
The brain child of Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever is another book that will help you overcome your fears of asking for a raise. The book has practical solutions to help you get the ability to ask for a raise as well.
5. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life
This book by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston revolves around Barsh who is a senior director at McKinsey & Company. Due to the nature of her work, she comes across some of the most influential businesswomen in the world.
The book talks about how the women became successful and how they soar on a daily basis. It is a must-read if you want to learn more about women leaders and their common factors.
6. Brag: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It
Author Peggy Klaus has a done a good job of explaining the need to brag in a manner that will not make you feel uncomfortable in this book. Once you have read the book you will be a better advocate for yourself despite the fact that self-promotion can be awkward.
7. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
This book was written by Stephen R. Covey who presents a principle-centered, holistic and integrated approach to help you solve professional and personal problems.
You will enjoy the pointed anecdotes and penetrating insights that the author uses to reveal the pathway for living with virtues such as human dignity, services, integrity, and fairness. The above principles will be helpful when you need to change or take advantage of the opportunities that accompany change.
8. Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)
In Basic Black, Cathie Black, the former president of Hearst shares some of the craziest and funniest things that people did to get her attention. She also emphasizes the need to work hard and the general publishing world. It is a great read that will give you different angles of the work place.