When I’m asked to recommend ONE book about career change, this is the one I choose. Still the best book on how career change really happens. Especially valuable for mid-life, mid-career professionals, it’s based on research the author conducted with MBA graduates and others. Click here to buy on Amazon.
Reinventing You A really good book on dealing with career change and solving workplace challenges.
Job Shift: How To Prosper In A Workplace Without Jobs by William Bridges. This career book was about 20 years ahead of its time. Its insights help us understand Obamacare and today’s stubborn unemployment numbers, while offering practical advice for anyone who wants to thrive in the new world of work. One of my top favorites.
The Cult of Personality by Annie Murphy Paul. How tests rule our lives (and why they shouldn’t).
Confidence by Rosabeth Moss Kanter. How organizations and individuals can recover from losing streaks and make the most of winning streaks.
Making Work Work by Julie Morgenstern. Some career books seem to be recycling old advice. This book offers unique, timely tips for thriving at work in the 21st century.
The Comfort Trap by Judith Sills, Ph.D. Are you riding a dead horse? Sills offers realistic, effective guidance to finding a lively replacement. Don’t look for airy platitudes here. She’s not afraid to use the D word — discipline. Recognize the pain, she says. Look back at your life: Do you have a pattern of riding dead horses? Of course, reviewing history can become another trap. Do you have a vision? Can you take even small steps to move to your vision? Sometimes Sills sounds more like a coach than a therapist — but no matter. I’m not aware of any other book that addresses this increasingly important topic.
Creating the Work You Love : Courage, Commitment and Career by Rick Jarow, Ph.D. Jarow, a professor of Eastern religion, has written a book that is extremely practical and down-to-earth, yet it’s based on traditions from eastern religions.
How to Say It In Your Job Search by Robbie Kaplan. The best I’ve seen so far: resumes, cover letters, thank yous for the 21st century mid-career professional. A must for the midlife job-seeker.
The New Job Security by Pam Lassiter. A realistic look at career strategies for those who have had a successful corporate track record. Read before you need to act! Not for mavericks and limited help for drastic career change.
Second Acts by Stephen Pollan with Michael Levine. Based on the author’s own “second act” and stories of those he coaches and supports. Section on “what could I do next” is especially valuable.
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. Ask almost any business consultant or coach to recommend a book — and you’re likely to end up with this one. Great content, although most readers wish he’d get an editor.
The Gifted Adult: A revolutionary guide for liberating everyday genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen and Cheryl Woodruff. Gifted adults can be accused of being scattered, hyperactive, oversensitive and blunt. They’re often lonely and frustrated — and reading this book can change their lives.
The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by Julie K. Norem, Ph.D. Are people always telling you to “Look on the bright side” and “Stay positivee?” Norem argues against one-size-fits-all strategies. Some people perform at their best when they embrace their pessimistic style and meet anxiety head-on.
Toxic Emotions at Work by Peter Frost, Ph.D. Written for managers to want to help employees survive on-the-job-pain, a welcome recognition that jobs can be harmful. Frost uses metaphor of toxins that spread around an organization, poisoning the members, and warns that toxin-handlers, who save others, may do so only by sacrificing their own needs.
The Gaslight Effect by Dr. Robin Stern. How to deal with people who are trying to control and manipulate you at work and elsewhere. Lots of common sense here and a very enjoyable read. Will remind many of the assertiveness training so popular in the 1970s.