A Dozen Books That Can Boost Your Career

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-05-05 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If spring is a time for renewal, then consider the following business books as potential sources for a professional rejuvenation. Among other topics, they promise to deliver new perspectives about disruptive change, business strategies, leadership and personal communications. One title "explores" how best practices among innovators at NASA can translate into day-to-day successes in any organization. If you're into history, another book examines the timeless problem-solving philosophies of one of ancient Rome's most legendary rulers. Additional texts featured here focus on managing workplace diversity, explaining technology "stuff" to a non-techy audience, developing insights into colleagues' nonverbal cues and launching a career that thrives on long-term values. In other words, these titles cover a wide range of subjects that can benefit any professional. So, happy—and productive —reading! As always, publication dates are subject to change. Please refer to the included URLs for more details on the individual books.

 
 
 
  • Trust and Partnership: Strategic IT Management for Turbulent Times

    By Robert J. Benson, Pieter M. Ribbers and Ronald Blitstein, Wiley CIO, Available: Now. In an era when the relationship between business and IT can be tenuous, it's critical to proactively manage technology changes in a strategic manner.
    Trust and Partnership: Strategic IT Management for Turbulent Times
  • Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World

    By John Kotter, Harvard Business Review Press, Available: Now. How to compete—and win—in a world of constant turbulence and disruption.
    Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World
  • Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success

    By Rod Pyle, McGraw-Hill Professional, Available: Now. Find out how NASA's scientists, engineers, developers and designers accomplish the impossible under immense time and budget constraints.
    Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success
  • Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences

    By Jane Hyun and Audrey Lee, HarperBusiness, Available: Now. A playbook for managing today's diverse workforce by "flexing"—the art of switching leadership styles to work effectively with people who are different from you.
    Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences
  • Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated

    By Yves Morieux and Peter Tollman, Harvard Business Review Press, Available: Now. What's the key to managing complexity? Stop trying to manage it. This guide is based on economics, game theory and organizational sociology, among other disciplines.
    Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated
  • Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand

    By Frank J. Pietrucha, Amacom, Available: May. Commanding the nuances of technology is important. But so is the capability to explain IT to a non-tech audience. Discover how to deliver clear, persuasive messages about innovation.
    Supercommunicator: Explaining the Complicated So Anyone Can Understand
  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

    By Ryan Holiday, Portfolio/Penguin, Available: May. Based on the philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, this book demonstrates how to achieve goals through swift and energetic action, with true force of will.
    The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph
  • Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

    By David L. Van Rooy, Amacom, Available: May. Are you pursuing a fully realized career or just making moves to "survive"? These strategies can help you "think big" and "move quickly" while achieving growth—even through failure.
    Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies to Take You from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
  • Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value From Big Data and Analytics

    By Brenda L. Dietrich, Emily C. Plachy, Maureen F. Norton, Pearson/IBM Press, Available: May. Insider lessons from three of IBM's pioneering analytics practitioners reveal how to leverage data solutions to enhance decision-making capabilities, innovation and creativity.
    Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value From Big Data and Analytics
  • Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups

    By Nick Morgan, Harvard Business Review Press, Available: May. We are programmed to respond to the nonverbal cues of others, such as subtle gestures, sounds and signals. Leaders must take advantage of these signs to connect and command influence.
    Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups
  • Redefining Operational Excellence: New Strategies for Maximizing Performance and Profits Across the Organization

    By Andrew Miller, Amacom, Available: June. True operational excellence is not about "lean," six sigma or other methodologies. Operational excellence focuses on adding value, making improvements and increasing speed.
    Redefining Operational Excellence: New Strategies for Maximizing Performance and Profits Across the Organization
  • Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success

    By Sylvia Ann Hewlett, HarperBusiness, Available: June. Much of your career is determined by your "executive presence," which is shaped by how you speak (communication), how you look (appearance) and how you act (gravitas).
    Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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