Book Excerpt: The Corporate Lattice
In an edited excerpt from their new book, Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson contrast the traditional corporate ladder with the new, less structured workplace
Your Brain at Work by David Rock – “We’re not made to multitask.
The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide: How to Find Hope and Rewarding Work, Even When “There Are No Jobs,” by Richard N.Bolles
The Laws of Disruption by Larry Downes
Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcomlm Gladwell
Borrowing Brilliance: The Six Steps to Business Innovation by Building on the Ideas of Others, by David Kord Murray.
“The Real Mother of Invention: How cherry-picking and then melding ideas from a wide range of disciplines can lead to a eureka! moment,” from Businessweek review by Reena Jana.
Books for Your Job Search Summer Reading List, Saturday July 18, 2009
About.com Job Searching guest author Tom Denham suggests reading at least three career development books during the summer.
Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel. Dan is one of my favorite people and he has been an expert on personal branding since before anyone knew what it was. If you want to work on building your brand, and we all should be doing that, add Me 2.0 to your summer reading list.
Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 by Jay Conrad Levinson and David Perry. Given this tough job market, trying something different when it comes to job searching can work to your advantage. This book is a must-read for anyone in the midst of a job search. By the way, I’m honored to have a short piece on women and networking included in the book.
Fired to Hired by Tory Johnson. Tory Johnson, of Women for Hire fame, shares her expertise on bouncing back from a job loss. If you’ve lost your job, and it can happen to any of us, this book will help you get back on track.
Undress for Success by Kate Lister and Tom Harnish. Wouldn’t everyone love to work from home in whatever stage of undress we felt like? Before you take that leap, spend some time reading Undress for Success. It will step you through the process of figuring out whether work from home is a viable option and what you need to do to make it happen.
16 Top Career and Job Search Books for 2009 by ResumeBear.
Jason Alba, CEO of Jibberjobber.com, a career management firm, and author of the book I’m On LinkedIn — Now What?
BusinessWeek list, Feb 4th, 2010
Analytics at Work
Smarter Decisions, Better Results
by Thomas H. Davenport, Jeanne G. Harris, and Robert Morison
288 pages, hardcover
Harvard Business Press, $29.95
Loving Your Work
Fifty Lessons Learned
112 pages, paperback
Harvard Business Press, $9.95
What’s Next, Gen X?
Keeping Up, Moving Ahead, and Getting the Career You Want
By Tamara J. Erickson
224 pages, hardcover
Harvard Business Press, $19.95
Handbook of Leadership
Theory And Practice
By Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana
800 pages, hardcover
Harvard Business Press, $39.95
A Guide to Discovering Your Next Career Path
By Timothy Butler
240 pages, paperback
Harvard Business Press, $14.95
The Boss’s Survival Guide (second edition)
Workplace 911 for the Toughest Problems Today’s Managers Face
by Bob Rosner and Allan Halcrow
463 pages, paperback
Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds
How to Create Cost-Saving, Efficient, and Engaging Programs
by Alex Heiphetz and Gary Woodill
248 pages, paperback
A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears that Sabotage Client Loyalty
by Patrick Lencioni
220 pages, hardcover
Jossey Bass, $24.95
Thriving in the New Economy
Lessons from Today’s Top Business Minds
By Lori Ann LaRocco
290 pages, hardcover
The Right Fight
How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value
by Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer
234 pages, hardcover
Harper Business, $26.99
Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face–And What to Do About It
by Richard S. Tedlow
261 pages, hardcover
The Corporate Storyteller
A Writing Manual & Style Guide for the Brave New Business Leader
by Elaine Stirling
124 pages, paperback
Funny–this initial search shows lists for 2007, 2005, and 2003–every other odd year… no 2009, yet.
Ten Career Books for 2007 by John Rossheim
Monster Senior Contributing Writer
Throughout our careers, we 21st-century Americans seem to be connecting, disconnecting and, with a bit of luck, reconnecting with our work/life needs and ambitions. So the theme of this year’s suggested recent books is connections. Happy reading.
Take This Book to Work: How to Ask for (and Get) Money, Fulfillment and Advancement
by Tory Johnson and Robyn Spizman
Wouldn’t it be great if we all knew how to ask for what we want and need at work? But we don’t, so Johnson and Spizman show us how. Topics range from career advancement (how to request face time with the boss) to etiquette (how to ask a colleague to stop IMing you). The language suggested for requests is sometimes a bit stilted, but the content is dead-on.
Comeback Moms: How to Leave Work, Raise Children and Restart Your Career Even If You Haven’t Had a Job in Years
by Monica Samuels and J.C. Conklin
This well-written tome is the top entry in the you-can’t-have-it-all (at once) category of business books for women. The authors, lawyer Samuels and journalist Conklin, emphasize that laying the proper groundwork can make successful reentry more than a fantasy.
The Art of Connecting
by Claire Raines and Lara Ewing
Envisioning a basis for communication is key to any working relationship, but this task only gets more complicated as the American workforce becomes more diverse. The authors lay out a nuanced paradigm of introspective, conversational techniques for building bridges to anyone. Case studies and exercises round out the discussion.
Monster Careers: Networking
by Jeff Taylor with Doug Hardy
Taylor and Hardy bring their trademark information-packed approach to the topic of networking, an activity that’s more art than science. For most of us, networking presents a series of obstacles (introversion, perceived lack of connections, etc.), and the authors succinctly show the reader how to knock them down, one by one.
Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage
by Pat Fallon and Fred Senn
The business of America is marketing, and these guys know how to make it creative, straight from their home office in Minneapolis, an off-off Madison Avenue location if ever there were one. The authors illustrate their ad agency’s creative process, and they’re not shy about taking victory laps. Check out the book’s Web site, which practices what Fallon and Senn preach.
Outside Innovation: How Your Customers Will Co-Design Your Company’s Future
by Patricia Seybold
Along with marketing, the design of products and services is one of the core functions of American business. Seybold says all firms should incorporate customers into every aspect of developing a new offering, and she tells readers stories of the few firms that actually do so successfully. Looking for a major career boost? Bring this paradigm home to your company.
What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens
by Richard Nelson Bolles and Carol Christen
The best time to think about your life’s work is when it’s just beginning. That’s why the author of the all-time best-selling career book and his collaborator have adapted Parachute for students. This version includes advice on using school to explore careers, discovering what you love to do and turning that passion into a career.
Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion After 50
by David Corbett with Richard Higgins
The authors say too many career arcs are just a working stiff’s sprint that ends only when he’s gone off a cliff and returned to the earth the hard way. Instead, your work and life should be a progression, based on collecting and perfecting skills that will enable you to winnow away grunt work in favor of what really floats your boat. Who can argue with that?
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
by John Wood
“Perhaps, sir, you will someday come back with books.” Those words, spoken by a schoolteacher in Nepal to Wood, then a vacationing Microsoft manager, sparked the author’s retirement from the millionaire mill and launched his mission to spread literacy to Asian children deprived of it. If you’ve made a fortune from stock options — or even if you haven’t — this book could inspire you to change your life, too.
Odder Jobs: More Portraits of Unusual Occupations
by Nancy Rica Schiff
Schiff has again taken beautiful black-and-white photos of individuals doing some of the oddest jobs in America. From a Vegas-based minister who dresses as Elvis to a Colorado paleoscatologist (an expert on fossilized scat), the author-photographer gets up close and personal. A brief, insightful bit of text accompanies each portrait.
Ten best career books for 2005
Posted on 02. Jan, 2006 posted by Bill in Employment News
Joyce Lain Kennedy selects the years top 10 career books. In a year richly marked with books addressing virtually all aspects of jobs and employment, here is the ninth annual Kennedy-Krannich list of the best 10 career books of 2005.
Ronald Krannich, CEO of Impact Publications of Manassas, Va., operates the nation’s premier online bookstore specializing in careers, impactpublications.com. Between us, we see nearly all books affecting the way people earn a living, from entry level to top management. In random order, our choices:
Radical Careering: 100 Truths to Jumpstart Your Job, Your Career, and Your Life by Sally Hogshead (Gotham Books/Penguin). Small and stunningly designed, this book is filled with breezy career advice, like “Being in a crap job isn’t your fault, but staying in a crap job is,” and speaks to plugged-in professionals who have short attention spans. The advertising-ace author smiles while offering both unconventional and familiar career management ideas with such verve that you want to invite her to lunch.
Knock ‘em Dead 2006: The Ultimate Job Seeker’s Guide by Martin Yate (Adams Media). Lasting until this 20th anniversary edition is proof that quality advice pays. A best-seller for two decades, this is one of the most valuable career books on the market and more relevant than ever in a job market with two speeds — volatile and more volatile.
Whoops! I’m in Business: A Crash Course in Business Basics by Richard Stim and Lisa Guerin (Nolo). Readers who savor life one dream at a time will bury their noses in this guidebook for people who hadn’t really planned to go into business for themselves but suddenly find one growing and growing in their garages.
Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money by Kelly James-Enger (Random House Reference). A lawyer turned high-flying freelancer, the author does a fabulous job of opening slammed-shut doors for writing hopefuls who don’t understand the nuances of contracts and publishing business practices.
To Be of Use: The Seven Seeds of Meaningful Work by Dave Smith (New World Library). As a pioneer in the sustainable business movement, gardening company Smith & Hawken co-founder Smith is an evangelist who says you can have it all — you can make money while working to promote the common good.
The World’s Greatest Resumes by Robert Wm. Meier (Ten Speed Press). This no-wimp workout by a master career coach offers a resume-rating tool that reveals a job seeker’s Resume Quality Index score to make dramatic improvements.
A Survival Guide for Working with Bad Bosses: Dealing with Bullies, Idiots, Back-Stabbers, and Other Managers from Hell by Gini Graham Scott (AMACOM). Packed with hands-on advice to keep frustrated employees from shrieking and running naked towards a cliff, and to help achieve professional success. Good tips!
The First-Time Manager fifth edition, by Loren B. Belker and Gary S. Topchik (AMACOM). New managers who aren’t sure which way is up won’t find a better offering than this acclaimed summary of managerial experience with a side of wisdom. In addition to hiring, firing, leadership and motivation, this update covers diversity management.
The Ape in the Corner Office: Understanding the Workplace Beast in All of Us by Richard Conniff (Crown Business). This research-anchored book applies updated insights from natural history, animal behavior, economics and psychology to professional-level work. There’s new data on office politics and how gossip works — and why jerks seem to prosper. Examples are page-turners. By far the most original and best-written business book of the year.
Looking for help with the job hunt or with a career change? These books and printed materials have been recommended by career counselors, coaches, and recruiters:
”What Color Is Your Parachute 2004: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunter & Career,” by Richard Nelson Bolles (2003, Ten Speed Press, $17.95 paperback)
Regarded as the nation’s leading job-search book, this manual debuted more than 25 years ago. Bolles warns that scouring the want ads or perusing Internet job sites won’t get you the job you want. Instead, he urges readers to be proactive. That means figuring out who you are and what you want, finding people in those fields to discuss ways to break in, networking like crazy, and contacting the companies that offer the work you do for informational interviews.
”I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work,” by Julie Jansen (2003, Penguin Books, $14 paperback)
How many people do work they just don’t like? Jansen sets out to help readers discover the work they are best suited for. Her guide is a bit like the assistance one might receive from a personal coach: It teaches readers how to evaluate their skills and interests and use that information to determine their life’s work. Then, Jansen helps readers put an action plan in place.
”Don’t Wait Until You Graduate II,” by Keith Fluscher (2003, New Horizons Press Publishers Inc., $14.95 paperback)
The goal of this practical guide is to assist college students in finding employment through a variety of methods. The author’s primary message: Finding meaningful work is a job that should begin months before you’re awarded that degree.
”The Networking Survival Guide: Get the Success You Want By Tapping Into the People You Know,” by Diane Darling (2003, McGraw Hill Companies, $14.95 paperback)
Boston-based author Darling is a networking maven. Her guide, a primer for the uninitiated, outlines the most effective way to network at meetings, professional associations, even parties.
”How To Write A Résumé If You Didn’t Go To College: A Guide For Administrative Assistants, Technicians, Production Workers,” by Richard H. Beatty, (2003, John Wiley & Sons, $16.95 paperback)
Hourly workers make up 75 percent of the nation’s work force, but there are few job-search guides or tools that address their needs. This book is different. It offers sample résumés, a step-by-step guide to creating a résumé, and tips on how to craft a résumé that highlights experience instead of higher education.
”The Back Door Guide To Short Term Job Adventures: Internships, Extraordinary Experiences, Seasonal Jobs, Volunteering & Work Abroad,” by Michael Landes (2002, Ten Speed Press, $21.95 paperback)
Work doesn’t have to be unexciting. This book is for people of all ages, but college students should find it particularly appealing. It offers a variety of creative job experiences for individuals who are exploring new avenues.
”Best Career and Education Web Sites: A Quick Guide to Online Job Search,” by Anne Wolfinger & Rachel S. Gordon (August 2003, GistWorks Inc., $12.95 paperback)
An up-to-date primer that offers information on the best way to use Internet job search sites, with information on some of the leading sites currently on the Web.
”Résumés That Knock ‘Em Dead 2002,” by Martin John Yate (2002, Adams Media Publishing Co., $10.95 paperback)
This well-known guide provides step-by-step information on how to put together a résumé in today’s competitive job market.
”New Women’s Dress for Success,” by John T. Molloy (1996, Warner Books, $13) and ”John T. Molloy’s New Dress for Success” (1988, Warner Books, $13.99)
Molloy invented the genre in his 1975 classic, last updated for men in 1988 but still worth a look; and a more recent volume for women. Molloy’s secret: painstaking research, including the use of focus groups.
”101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions,” by Ronald W. Fry (February 2000, Career Press Inc., $11.95 paperback)
The interview isn’t exactly what it used to be. Today, job seekers are more likely to face a team of interviewers armed with questions designed to test what you know and whether you are the right fit for the company. The questions in this book are designed to help you prepare for the unexpected.