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Top Career Books for June 2010

Top Career Books for June 2010

Are you looking for help finding a job or with a career change? The Top Career Books for June 2010 listed below have been recommended by career counselors, coaches, and recruiters nationwide.

Delivering Happines: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

by Tony Hsieh

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, DELIVERING HAPPINESS shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.

  • Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit
  • Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department
  • Focus on company culture as the #1 priority
  • Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business
  • Help employees grow-both personally and professionally
  • Seek to change the world
  • Oh, and make money too . . .

Sound crazy? It’s all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that’s doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually. After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer in Fortune magazine’s annual “Best Companies to Work For” list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

About the Author

Tony Hsieh became involved with Zappos as an advisor and investor in 1999, about two months after the company was founded. He eventually joined Zappos full time in 2000.   Under his leadership, Zappos has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to over $1 billion in 2008 by focusing relentlessly on customer service.

To learn more about the book, go to www.deliveringhappinessbook.com.

Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

by Geoff Colvin

Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller

Asked to explain why a few people truly excel, most people offer one of two answers. The first is hard work. Yet we all know plenty of hard workers who have been doing the same job for years or decades without becoming great. The other possibility is that the elite possess an innate talent for excelling in their field. We assume that Mozart was born with an astounding gift for music, and Warren Buffett carries a gene for brilliant investing. The trouble is, scientific evidence doesn’t support the notion that specific natural talents make great performers.

According to distinguished journalist Geoff Colvin, both the hard work and natural talent camps are wrong. What really makes the difference is a highly specific kind of effort-”deliberate practice”-that few of us pursue when we’re practicing golf or piano or stockpicking. Based on scientific research, Talent is Overrated shares the secrets of extraordinary performance and shows how to apply these principles. It features the stories of people who achieved world-class greatness through deliberate practice-including Benjamin Franklin, comedian Chris Rock, football star Jerry Rice, and top CEOs Jeffrey Immelt and Steven Ballmer.

About the Author

Geoff Colvin, Fortune‘s senior editor at large, writes the magazine’s popular column “Value Driven” and is the author of The Upside of the Downturn. He lectures widely and is the lead moderator for the Fortune Global Forum. He also offers daily business commentary on the CBS Radio Network. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

by by Tony Schwartz, Catherine McCarthy, Jean Gomes

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working is one of those rare books with the power to profoundly transform the way we work and live.  Demand is exceeding our capacity. The ethic of “more, bigger, faster” exacts a series of silent but pernicious costs at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity, and passion. Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working offers a groundbreaking approach to reenergizing our lives so we’re both more satisfied and more productive—on the job and off.

By integrating multidisciplinary findings from the science of high performance, Tony Schwartz, coauthor of the #1 bestselling The Power of Full Engagement, makes a persuasive case that we’re neglecting the four core needs that energize great performance: sustainability (physical); security (emotional); self-expression (mental); and significance (spiritual). Rather than running like computers at high speeds for long periods, we’re at our best when we pulse rhythmically between expending and regularly renewing energy across each of our four needs.

Organizations undermine sustainable high performance by forever seeking to get more out of their people. Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four core needs so they’re freed, fueled, and inspired to bring the best of themselves to work every day.  Drawing on extensive work with an extra-ordinary range of organizations, among them Google, Ford, Sony, Ernst & Young, Shell, IBM, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Cleveland Clinic, Schwartz creates a road map for a new way of working. At the individual level, he explains how we can build specific rituals into our daily schedules to balance intense effort with regular renewal; offset emotionally draining experiences with practices that fuel resilience; move between a narrow focus on urgent demands and more strategic, creative thinking; and balance a short-term focus on immediate results with a values-driven commitment to serving the greater good. At the organizational level, he outlines new policies, practices, and cultural messages that Schwartz’s client companies have adopted.

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working offers individuals, leaders, and organizations a highly practical, proven set of strategies to better manage the relentlessly rising demands we all face in an increasingly complex world.

About the Author

Tony Schwartz is the founder and president of The Energy Project, a consulting group that works with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Credit Suisse, Ford, General Motors, Gillette, Master Card, and Sony.  He was a reporter for the New York Times, an associate editor at Newsweek, and a staff writer for New York Magazine and Esquire and a columnist for Fast Company.  He co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and after that wrote What Really Matters.  He co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Full Engagement with Jim Loehr.

Jean Gomes is Managing Director of DPA, a London-based management consultancy specialising in leadership and culture change. For the past 20 years, he has been advising companies like Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Cable & Wireless, Sun Microsystems, Sony, ICL, The Home Office, Nokia and Intel in the US, Japan and Europe. He is also Chairman of The Energy Project Europe.

Convince Them in 90 Seconds or Less: How to Connect in Business

by Nicholas Boothman

Persuade a client to buy what you’re selling. Energize the boss to act on your ideas. Rally the staff to see themselves as members of your team. No matter what the situation, success in business depends on having effective relationships. Nicholas Boothman’s first book, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, is “Dale Carnegie for a rushed era” (The New York Times). It has 87,000 copies in print, reprints continuously, and remains in hardcover. Now Boothman brings his innovative system of forging instant connections to the workplace.This is a book that deals not only with the importance of making a great first impression, but also with ongoing business relationships. Based on the breakthrough idea of “rapport by design,” HOW TO CONNECT IN BUSINESS IN 90 SECONDS OR LESS shows how to mine the potential in every situation, from an accidental meeting at the water cooler, to a brainstorming session, to a formal presentation before a large group. It digs into the fundamentals of Persuasion, Purpose, and Personality to get to the basis of self-confidence and effective communication. It covers the traditional business concerns of team building, e-mail and phone relationships, and managing up and managing down. And throughout, creative exercises make the ideas come alive, including “Evaporating Fear,” “Making Your Own Good Luck,” “Creating Your Ten-Second Commercial,” and “Packaging Your Personality.”

Whether you’re selling, negotiating, interviewing, networking, or leading a team, success depends on convincing other people—and convincing other people depends on making meaningful connections. Nicholas Boothman, an expert on forging instant relationships, shows how to use the tools that belong to all of us—face, body, attitude, and voice—to make a dazzling first impression, establish immediate rapport and trust, and master the people-to-people skills that will help you persuade others to embrace and act on your ideas.

About the Author

Nicholas Boothman, author of How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, learned how to establish instant rapport with strangers while working as a fashion and advertising photographer. A licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, he is a consultant to individuals, groups, and corporations who want to learn the communication skills needed to connect with others. He lives outside of Toronto.

Jobs That Matter:  Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service

by Heather Krasna

Jobs That Matter provides job seekers with the tips they need to land a great job in government (including local, state, and federal), nonprofit, or corporate organizations serving the public good. This book helps you pinpoint the right public service career for your interests and talents, and then helps you land it with key research, networking, resume, cover letter, and interviewing techniques. Along the way you ll read profiles of people in various public service jobs, showing how they got their jobs and what they re like.

About the Author

Heather Krasna, MS, is Director of Career Services for the University of Washington s Evans School of Public Affairs. She has more than 10 years of experience as a career advisor and employer relations specialist in colleges and universities, and has helped more than 7,000 job seekers to find jobs and internships. She has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University and a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU, and has served on several nonprofit boards of directors. Heather recently wrote and won the Partnership for Public Service s Call to Serve grant, which is given to only five universities in the United States each year for the purpose of helping colleges promote federal government employment. She blogs weekly for the prominent government social networking site GovLoop.

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

by Dr. Lois Frankel

If you work nonstop without a break…worry about offending others and back down too easily…explain too much when asked for information….or “poll” your friends and colleagues before making a decision, chances are you have been bypassed for promotions and ignored when you expressed your ideas. Although you may not be aware of it, girlish behaviors such as these are sabotaging your career!

Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She’s spotted a unique set of behaviors–101 in all–that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groudbreaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back–and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change the behaviors that say “girl” not “woman”, the results will pay off in carrer opportunites you never thought possible–and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office.

About the Author

Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., is the President of Corporate Coaching International. She is a sought-after speaker. Her websites are www.drloisfrankel.com; www.gr8speakers.com; and www.corporatecoachingintl.com

Fearless Job Hunting: Powerful Psychological Strategies for Getting the Job You Want

by Bill Knaus, Sam Klarreich, Russell Grieger, Nancy Knaus,

Successful job seekers have two major skills their competitors don’t: the psychological endurance to approach job opportunities fearlessly, and the ability to adapt to a variety of situations to position themselves as each interviewer’s dream candidate. Fearless Job Hunting offers these powerful psychological techniques drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy and reveals the strategies decision makers in top corporations use to find and hire exceptional employees.

This book shows you how to:

  • Silence unproductive anxieties and self-limiting beliefs
  • Develop the motivation and stamina to stay positive while job seeking
  • Pressure-proof yourself by building confidence and cool-headedness
  • Get the edge in interviews by honing your communication skills

About the Authors

Bill Knaus, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist who was responsible for the development of a powerful personnel selection system that yielded a 91 percent accuracy rating over a twelve-year period that was associated with significant productivity gain. His specialties include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and frustration tolerance training.

Sam Klarreich, Ph.D., is president of The Berkeley Centre for Effectiveness in Toronto, Canada. He is author of Pressure Proofing and five other books.

Russell Greiger, Ph.D., is a rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) supervisor and an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia. He has authored six books and published over fifty professional papers and chapters on REBT.

Nancy Knaus, MBA, Ph.D., is director of psychological services at Monson Developmental Center. She has more than thirty years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and implementing rational emotive education.

Bill Knaus, Ed.D., is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts who was responsible for the development of a powerful personnel selection system that was associated with significant productivity gain. His specialties include the treatment of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, frustration tolerance training, and overcoming procrastination. He has authored over twenty books, including five on overcoming procrastination.

Sam Klarreich, Ph.D., is president of The Berkeley Centre for Effectiveness in Toronto, Canada. He is author of Pressure Proofing and five other books.

Russell Grieger, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and president of Russell Grieger and Associates, an organizational consulting company. An adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, Grieger has authored six books and over seventy-five professional papers and chapters.

Nancy Knaus, MBA, Ph.D., is director of psychological services at Monson Developmental Center. She has more than thirty years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and implementing rational emotive education. Responsible for hiring psychology staff, she employs sophisticated assessment center technologies.

What’s Stopping Me From Getting Ahead:  What Your Manager Won’t Tell You About What it Really Takes to be Successful.

By Robert Goldfarb

Drive, knowledge, networking, dedication, and high energy are not enough to get ahead at work if other self-defeating types of behavior such as lack of integrity; irreverence; resistance to change; failure to share credit; etc are present.

In WHAT’S STOPPING ME FROM GETTING AHEAD?: What Your Manager Won’t Tell You About What It Really Takes to Be Successful Robert Goldfarb, a consultant whose clients include numerous CEOs at Fortune 500 and other large companies, identifies the 12 unconscious but damaging behaviors that keep professionals from getting further ahead in their careers. He shows readers how to reach their potential and take themselves to the next level by replacing bad habits with good ones. Readers will learn how to:

• Identify and stop the 12 bad behaviors they probably don’t know they have
• Reignite stalled careers
• Demonstrate readiness for the next level of responsibility

WHAT’S STOPPING ME FROM GETTING AHEAD? helps readers understand which actions, no matter how well-intentioned or innocuous, could end up sabotaging their careers. Using case histories and other real-life examples, Goldfarb helps mid- to upper-level managers break into the corner office.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robert W. Goldfarb is the president and founder of Urban Directions, Inc., a global consulting firm. For 30 years he has consulted with CEOs and supervisors at every level, coaching on manufacturing lines, in corporate boardrooms, on sales floors, at law firms, universities, hospitals, investment banks and government agencies. Goldfarb has written on managing in a changing society for the op-ed pages of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and for Readers’ Digest. Goldfarb splits his time between New York and Boca Raton, Florida.

Top 300 Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Every Field, 12th Ed

Explore hundreds of careers, assess your best career fit, and land a job fast with this extensive, authoritative resource. In one time-saving volume, job seekers and students find everything they need to research careers; learn about pay, outlook, education, and skills needed for about 300 jobs; match their personal skills to the jobs; and take seven steps to land a good job in less time. This book provides thorough, current, and interesting descriptions for all major jobs covering about 90 percent of the workforce.

Featured Pre-Order Career Books for June 2010

Shift: How to Reinvent Your Business, Your Career, and Your Personal Brand

by Peter Arnell

Release Date:  June 15, 2010

With Shift, you’ll discover the steps you need to take in order to become the best you. Creating and revitalizing brands happens every day in business. Shift shows how you can make it happen for yourself and your personal brand.

Innovative insights such as “go helium” are used by Arnell to explain how he reached his ultimate goal of 150 pounds—you can apply his techniques to reach for your own goals. You will see—through Arnell’s description of how he “went tiger”—how to exercise your own discipline and commitment, without apology, even if that means bucking the norm. And by learning to reach out to your brand audience, you will come to understand the importance of your network of friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and family—your fan club— in keeping you motivated and providing the feedback you need for success.

Weaving together personal stories of his own transformation with stories about how he created transformative change for brands such as Reebok and Pepsi, Arnell shares his unique vision on how each of us can rebrand and transform ourselves, both personally and professionally, to achieve the success we desire.

About the Author

PETER ARNELL, founder of Arnell, is one of the foremost branding and design experts in the world. Among the companies he and his team have worked with are DKNY, Samsung, Chanel, Reebok, Mars, Pepsi, Home Depot, GNC, De Tomaso, Fendi, Mikimoto, Special Olympics and Con Edison. He and his family live in Westchester County, New York.


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7 comments

  1. All are good books. I also recommend “The Career Journey” by Ram Iyer. It is available in Amazon in paperback and kindle editions. It is one of the more practical and sensible books that I have read in a long time. The last couple of chapters are a bit too technical but the book is worth its weight in gold for first 12 to 13 odd chapters. Amazing wisdom for just around 10 bucks. It sure changed my life.

  2. Career Value Book

    How does a job seeker stand out from a crowd of millions in the current competitive market? An charismatic author and economy survivor has published an appropriate solution: The Career Value Book.

    What makes this book different? The Career Value Book provides unique instructions of how to develop visual portfolios to help job seekers stand out and get offers. The job market is very competitive because of the high demand and low supply of employment opportunities. Applicants must try something new to avoid being overlooked. The author explains this effective approach in The Career Value Book that shares his insight and experiences to assist other job seekers to:

    - Develop visual portfolios to market skill sets
    - Provide insight of the hiring process
    - Showcase talent beyond facts and figures

    For more information, visit http://www.careervaluebook.com

  3. Wonderful list! I just finished Tony Hsieh’s book. It is very good. I had the opportunity to get an advance copy and blog about it here: http://bit.ly/aWAbL1

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi all!
    Convince them in 90secs title itself is tempting me to read! Having the potential to convince others could be the way in the door to your next job!

    Krishna Gadde

  5. Thank you for reviewing Tony’s book! We’re slightly biased, but we agree it’s a must read! :)

    Robert Richman
    Zappos Insights – Culture and Customer Service Training
    http://www.zapposinsights.com

  6. Great collection, excellent information.

  7. Great article – highlights a lot of reading material to help each of us. Thanks, Bob.

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