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From Day One: CEO Advice to Launch an Extraordinary Career by William J. White
From Day One is a great read for recent college graduates and experienced professionals alike. William J. White was the CEO of the Fortune 500 Bell & Howell Company prior to his retirement.
This book discusses how to develop your career from new hire, to first time manager, onto habits for a successful career. Take a look at this book if you want to learn how the most successful corporate professionals create extraordinary careers.
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
Wharton professor Adam Grant takes on the notion that selfish people finish first in life. In fact, he argues that people who “give” to others are more successful in life than those who “take” from others.
If you are looking to succeed in your career while keeping your morals and ethics, this is a great book to help you along the way.
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
We’ve talked about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) before. As you climb up the corporate ladder, EQ becomes more and more important. EQ helps you manage your own stress, lead other people, and make better decisions. Reading Daniel Goleman’s classic book is a great first step to improving your own EQ and helping you climb the management ranks.
How to Read a Financial Report: Wringing Vital Signs Out of the Numbers by John A. Tracy and Tage Tracy
At some point in your career, you will need to read financial reports. If you don’t have an accounting background, you will need to learn how to read financial reports and possibly how to create them.
As a Director managing a department budget, you will need to read and create financial reports, and you will certainly need these skills as an executive managing a corporate budget.
This book is a great tutorial for learning how to read a financial report, especially if you don’t have an accounting background.
The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane
There is no doubt great leaders have charisma, but Olivia Fox Cabane shows that anyone can learn to be charismatic. As a corporate professional, leadership skills will help you excel in your career all the way from the first time manager to the seasoned executive.
The Charisma Myth is a great read for people who want to learn the basic of charisma and improve their leadership skills.