If you checked out our recent article about professional development books, then I’m sure that your reading list has already grown significantly. Sure, business and…
“This helped me get through some tough times as an EA... and it was entertaining!” - Janine B., Administrative Services ManagerAs one of the co-founders of the wildly successful and Academy Award winning animation studio, Pixar, Catmull is definitely a guy I think I could learn a few things from. Working in a notoriously creative business, Catmull offers some amazing suggestions for knocking down the barriers to creativity in business. Plus, you’ll get some insight into what it’s actually like inside those infamous Pixar “Braintrust” sessions.
“One of the best books I have read about leadership, employee engagement, the creative process, and running a start up.” -Kiyomi M., Executive AssistantTolle first made his way onto the map with his question-and-answer book The Power of Now. But, A New Earth expands on those principles in narrative form, with fresh anecdotes and philosophies that are sure to inspire a new way of thinking.
“This was such a great read and gave me a whole new perspective on spirituality and living in the moment. I highly recommend it.” - Kat M., Administrative AssistantWe’re all familiar with feelings of grogginess, anxiety, or having a tough time focusing. And, while you might typically write them off as a case of the “Mondays,” they can actually be signs of brain degeneration. Sounds scary, right? That’s why Dr. Kharrazian is here to share advice for improving our brain health.
“[This book c]hanged my understanding of nutrition and brain health.” - Carlo I., Vibe ManagerDifficult and uncomfortable conversations are a part of daily life—whether you’re in the middle of a family disagreement or need to deal with an awkward conflict at work. Too bad there’s not a manual for getting through those challenging talks, right? Oh wait, this book is that manual!
“We all have difficult conversations in work and in life. This book will help you see past the surface and understand the underlying causes and issues from your side and the person's perspective. It teaches you how to think more clearly like a mediator. You'll never look at or dismiss a person's feelings as simply ‘uncalled for’ again.” - Melissa S., Virtual AssistantLet’s face it—the business world can be pretty cutthroat. But what about those famous phrases like, “You catch more flies with honey” and “Kill them with kindness”? Well, this book is on niceness’ side. Colleen Barrett began her career as an Executive Assistant, but was chosen to succeed her company’s founder as President. Where? Well, she’s President Emeritus of a little organization called Southwest Airlines, and she was chosen for the job simply because she knows how to “love people to success.”
“Seeing how much a company values its people and really gives them the credit for making it great is a testament to the Leaders and it makes you appreciate giving back to it that much more.” -April N., Executive AssistantWhether you’re a major shoe-lover or not, you’ve likely heard of Zappos. While the company places huge emphasis on customer service, their number one priority is actually company culture—something I think we can all support. Hsieh, Zappos CEO, believes that if you’ve got a great culture, everything else will fall into place. Not convinced? The anecdotes and details of Zappos practices throughout this book are sure to help you see the light!
"This book demonstrates great leaders care about their employee's personal and professional growth, caring about the customer is more important than marketing spend, and making sure employees are happy too." - Kiyomi M., Executive AssistantWe’re all looking for ways we can grow and evolve, right? If you aren’t, you should be. Packed full with tons of helpful advice and lessons, this book is all about helping you reach your full potential.
“You can't really move forward until you have a true grasp of where you are. I started reading this book with the intention of getting through it in 15 weeks. It took me a full year! So often I was faced with things that I didn't know were in me, good and not so good. I had to face them head on. One of the best exercises was writing 100 positive qualities you possess—much harder than it sounds. After completing the book (which certainly doesn't need to take a year to complete) people will tell you how different you are.” - Melissa S., Virtual AssistantToday, hopping from job to job has become pretty common. And, while that allows for a variety of experiences, it can lead to a pretty scattered job history. How can you make sense of and explain that career that’s seemingly all over the place? This book will help you out!
“Body of Work is a great resource because it teaches you how to combine all of your skills into one cohesive story and career path. It’s truly invaluable during a time of transition, but I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys professional development and introspection." -Alexis C., Office Manager
“Sometimes we are successful and simply can't prove it. We're not published nor have tens of thousands of followers. We might not be paid what we're worth or acknowledged as the expert. This book is a quick and easy read. If you're a ‘pro’ you'll never doubt yourself or require validation again.” - Melissa S., Virtual AssistantThere you have it, 10 books that should definitely make their way onto your reading list! Whether you’re aiming to get more out of your life, your career, or even both, these reads are sure to help you out. What books have you read that have challenged your way of thinking or taught you something new? We’re always looking for new suggestions to add to the list. So, leave a few of your favorites in the comments!