In addition to working on my own book, I’m always on the lookout for inspiring career reads. Over the years, I’ve built a LinkedIn reading list focusing on all things career, from how to make a change to how to take a risk. I’ve covered office relationships, work/life balance and starting a business as well.
If you have time off this holiday season and want to get a jump-start on your 2011 career goals, check out some of my favorite career books:
Make a Successful Career Change
Permission Slips by The View’s Sherri Shepherd - Entertaining yet poignant, I enjoyed reading about Sherri's transition from paralegal to comedienne. I wish everyone would give himself or herself "permission" to follow their dreams as she has. Listen to clips from Sherri’s recent interview on my career talk show, “Making a Living with Maggie.”
Learning How to Take Smart Risks:
- Celebrating Failure by Ralph Heath - The road to success is paved with the lessons learned from failure. To survive and thrive in your career, you must innovate and change consistently. The only way to do that is to stop fearing failure, take smart risks and think big. Ralph Heath lays out how to celebrate failure both as a leader and an employee.
Building Quality Office Relationships
- Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone by Mark Goulston, forward by Keith Ferrazzi - Just Listen offers specific, actionable, and effective ways to be heard by those we have the hardest time getting through to. It's worth a read if you aren't feeling heard or appreciated by your boss or coworkers.
Read an inspiring career book lately? I would love to hear about it!
Maggie Mistal is a certified career & life purpose coach and the host of "Making a Living with Maggie," which airs every Friday at 4 p.m. ET on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius 112, XM 157. Please visit her website at MaggieMistal.com.