Happy new year to you all. Hope you had a good and restful break.
Apparently at this time of the year, there’s a big demand for self help books, so here are a few of my favourites on working life. Next time I’ll post on self development books.
Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
Written by American Penelope Trunk who is brutally honest about personal issues on her blog, this book is a must for anyone trying to develop a career whether in business or not for profit. It’s very direct and hard hitting and should be mandatory reading for anyone who has just left education and is job searching for the first time. It’s also useful for people who are already in employment.
I don’t think it’s available in Irish bookshops but can be bought on Amazon.
Downshifting. The Guide to Happier Simpler living Polly Ghazi & Judy Jones
Written by two English women this provides practical advice on changing careers and living on a lower income. A must if you’re thinking of leaving a highly paid job to become a struggling musician or artist.
Slave to a Job, master of your career by Sean Mc Loughney
An Irish book there are interesting chapters on networking and developing your personal brand which would be useful to anyone developing a career. Unfortunately the business language will put off a lot of people not working in business, which is a bit of shame, because otherwise it’s well presented and is a useful reference book, particularly for anyone at mid management levels wishing to develop their career further. For a full review by me click here
How to safely quit the day job, retiring early in economically tough times by Ian Mitchell.
Given the government has started making restrictions on pensions which will further restrict pension relief in future years, anyone who does has not already looked at future pension planning should do so now.
What Mitchell really does well is making the very boring and complex area of pension planning clearer using plain language which is easy to understand. In part two he shows how to work out the numbers, in part three he gets in to the really complex stuff, but again tries to keep it simple. Part one also has a useful look at managing your expenses better so you can plan for the future.
For a full review by me click here
The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
A very funny cartoon book which takes the madness of working life to task. I got this from a satisfied client some years ago and find the cartoons very useful when dealing with clients working in difficult organisations. They (the cartoons!) always make me laugh.
The 7 habits of highly effective managers by Steven Covey.
This timeless classic is also a must read for all aspiring workers whether managers or not and has relevance to daily life as well. Well worth a read.
Next post will be on self help books -personal development.
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