May 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm #131110
Let’s say you were approached by a young person right out of college with big hopes and dreams for the future. If you had to pick one piece of nonfiction to recommend to them, to help prepare them for success, what would it be?
I’d go with “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi. It really hammers home how important it is to network, connect, build relationships, introduce yourself to people, introduce people to each other, keep in touch, ask for favors, offer favors, etc. I truly don’t think I’d be where I am (or get where I hope I’m going) if I hadn’t learned to do those things.
May 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm #131168
May 25, 2011 at 2:14 am #131166
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – Start with values, get all the big rocks in the jar first…and the rest is easy from there 😉
May 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm #131164
I recomend Orwell, “1984” as required reading.
June 3, 2011 at 11:41 am #131162
Peter Senge’s “The Fifth Discipline.”
June 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm #131160
A Message to Garcia – Elbert Hubbard
I was given this to read 27 years ago when starting a new job, and it made an impact.
June 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm #131158
Cathy McCafferty- SmithParticipant
For any age but especially for those who are new, fresh and ” want to whip the world” as they blaze their trail…will often find there are internal obstacles that each of us must overcome to be successful
As a career and leadership coach (and as a former college internship program manager/ and HR Hiring Manager, in the public sector environement) I recommend three books by the Vital Smarts organization.
For personal internal change: Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success (Joseph Grenny et al)
For building communication skills: Crucial Conversations (same authors)
For organizational and individual influence: Influencer: The Power to Change Anything (same authors
Even better check out the trainings Vital Smarts offers on all three of these topics….
Change is slow in the public sector but the need for internal and external dialoguing, teaming, and change is imminent!
These resources are exellent and I have attended every training VItal Smarts offers…a great way to start a career….
Cathy McCafferty- Smith
Career and Leadership Coach / Organizational Change
June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm #131156
Alan L. GreenbergParticipant
OK, Pardon my being tacky, but I can’t resist a little hype. My book, Confessions of a Government Man: How to Succeed in Any Bureaucracy was designed for “anyone who has ever worked for, against or with a large organization.” Although there is a lot of satire there are many truths between the lines. One of my backcover endorsements, from a major industrialist, called it “required reading in every business school.” For more information see my Govloop blog or my website.
As for my own reading, I enjoyed Lee Iacocca’s “Talking Straight.” It’s old but not dated. A no bs account of what it takes to succeed..
June 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm #131154
My advice – learn some good, practical successful behaviors right away. You can find many examples in The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Also, focusing on your strengths will help you follow a career path that sets you up to be successfull right off the bat. Learn about your strengths and how to enhance them in Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath. I know there are 2 recommendations here but they are both so good I could decide on one.
June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm #131152
The Fifth Discipline. Ret. Adm Thad Allen recommended this to me, and I have found it invaluable.
June 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm #131150
This reminds me of an influential book that someone gave me when I was 23:
“Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke.
June 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm #131148
I’m downloading “‘The Fifth Discipline” to my Kindle now!
June 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm #131146
June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm #131144
It’s fiction but Catch-22 is probably the best introduction to government out there.
June 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm #131142
and I was about to say ‘Lord of the Flies’. I’ve been having a week.
June 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm #131140
Arthur G. GrantParticipant
Perhaps an odd suggestion for someone headed to government work, but there is an old book, easy read, first in a trilogy that everyone should read. The book is the innovators dilemma. It will help you understand industry, investement, and even the government. It is written by Clayton M. Christensen.
I recommend following the Innovators Dilemma with the Innovators Solution, and the Strategy Paradox.
Fundamentally it changes the way you look at suppliers. It also changes the way you invest.
June 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm #131138
This is what first came to my mind as well.
June 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm #131136
I just picked these up at ASTD 2011 conference. Can’t wait to read them!
June 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm #131134
It is a quick, easy, yet powerful read. Our director makes sure that every new employee has it and understands our mission.
June 3, 2011 at 9:19 pm #131132
Glen R CzaplewskiParticipant
I’ve just finished The Visual Display of Quantitativeness Information, a dry title,but an awesome read. The book has really helped me think about how to condense very complicated ideas into very simple, easy to understand, chunks.
June 4, 2011 at 2:21 am #131130
I would recommend Getting Things Done by David Allen. It’s not just time management or list-making, but a complete system for “turning stuff into action”. A major weakness many of us share is not being able to manage the firehose of information that comes to us every day. Getting Things Done (or GTD to us fans) is an awesome way to enhance your productivity in all facets of your life.
June 6, 2011 at 12:00 am #131128
Big fan of GTD
June 6, 2011 at 7:03 am #131126
Charles A. RayParticipant
The best book I’ve read lately is “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t” by Robert I. Sutton, PhD. It’s put out by Business Pluss of the Hachette Book Group, 237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017, and is must reading for anyone just starting out in a career.
June 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm #131124
My recommendation would be SWITCH by Chip and Dan Heath. This book discusses the way brains work in making decisions and that the emotional mind is equally important to the rational mind. In public health we still play far too often to the rational mind. Only by harnessing both sides will be be able to help people and decision makers move toward healthier behavior change.
June 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm #131122
Awesome suggestions. I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been taking notes.
June 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm #131120
I would recommend The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck. The first line sums it all up: “Life is hard”.
June 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm #131118
Two non-fiction books that came to mind The Leadership Moment by Michael Useem which tells 9 stories from the field (including Apollo 13). My favorite story in that book is about river blindness and gets to the core of orgs (and you) following their mission.
Good to Great by Jim Collins is another good book with examples of how little things businesses did made huge impacts. granted, some of the corporations are no longer in business but who isn’t with this economy. The lessons and examples are still worthwhile to read.
June 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm #131116
I’ve found THE PRIMES by Chris McGoff to be a powerful and insightful book for understanding how groups solve problems, whether in government, in the private sector or in life. I know I personally experienced what Chris terms “the blinding shock of the obvious” many times during this quick and easy read.
June 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm #131114
Derrick G. Silas, Sr.Participant
I would recommend: A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink.
June 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm #131112
Couldn’t agree more – I’m reading it right now! Great suggestion.
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