Top 10 books Young professionals should read in 2018

How many books have you read last year? I know that many have got the resolution this year to read more books. We have to admit it people who read books consistently gain much information and are likely to perform better in what they do. Not only because they discover valuable information hidden in books but also because reading can trigger other qualities that may help the reader on their course of his life. So what can you read this year to improve yourself? Here is a top ten books list you need to read this year.

 

1.Your Best Year Ever’ by Michael Hyatt

In Your Best Year Ever, Hyatt shares a powerful, proven, research-driven system for setting and achieving goals. This book is a comprehensive guide on how to write, monitor and achieve goals for all areas of your life.As is typical Michael Hyatt, this book provides TONS of practical information that will help you reach the next level in your personal and professional life. You will not find grandiose, pie-in-the-sky advice, but rather, practical nuggets that you can begin to put into place today.

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2.The Right — and Wrong — Stuff’ by Carter Cast

The Right–and Wrong–Stuff is a candid, unvarnished guide to the bumpy road to success. The shocking truth is that 98 percent of us have at least one career-derailment risk factor, and the half to two-thirds actually go off the rails. What are the things in our personalities or our tendencies that might derail our careers? Why don’t we know about them? How can we identify them, manage around them, and get back on track if we’ve been derailed? Practically, simply, and with an incredible amount of research behind his thinking, Carter Cast takes us through it all with clear next steps and immediate action items.

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3.When to Jump’ by Mike Lewis

When Mike Lewis was twenty-four and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? When to Jump is the guidebook for taking a carefully crafted leap of faith. Whether you’re looking for a roadmap for a big career change or just encouragement to kickstart a passion project, Mike Lewis has masterfully crafted a book that will leave you motivated and inspired.

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4.The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. If you want to create a high-performance culture Daniel Coyle gives you plenty of examples of successful business cultures, failed cultures and why they failed. His examples are punctuated with the source documents successful cultures use. He also shows you how and why creative cultures, for example, Pixar, require a different cultural design than a service company such as Zappos.

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5.Great at Work’ by Morten Hansen

Why do some people perform better at work than others? This deceptively simple question continues to confound professionals in all sectors of the workforce. Now, after a unique, five-year study of more than 5,000 managers and employees, Morten Hansen reveals the answers in his “Seven Work Smarter Practices” that can be applied by anyone looking to maximize their time and performance. The attractiveness of this book is that it presented an evidence-based, comprehensive understanding. In creating the survey discussed in this book, Morten considered the findings of over 200 published academic studies relating to working smarter. Throughout the book, Morten provides results from a regression analysis performance study of 5,000 people. The 5,000 people represented 15 industry sectors and 22 job functions with a balanced ratio of gender, age and education level.

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6.Superconnector’ by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh

How can you become a Superconnector? Gerber and Paugh share instructive anecdotes from a who’s who roster of high achievers, revealing how to systematically manage a professional community and maximize its value. If you’re looking for an honest, straightforward and strategic book on how to build genuine relationships, you’ve come to the right place. Scott and Ryan have come together to show you how to stop making the most common networking mistakes and how to create a better life through relationship building. Most of our success comes from our business relationships so it’s more important now than ever before, to take relationship building seriously. Read this book to make better decisions in business and in life.

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7.Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility By Patty McCord

McCord advocates practicing radical honesty in the workplace, saying goodbye to employees who don’t fit the company’s emerging needs, and motivating with challenging work, not promises, perks, and bonus plans. McCord argues that the old standbys of corporate HR―annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement programs―often end up being a colossal waste of time and resources. This book challenges a lot of long-held notions about “best practices” in organizations. It challenges us to think and re-think what actually works, and what practices we do because…well, simply because we’ve always done them a certain way. McCord shares her valuable experiences in Netflix and as a consultant to many big corporations and draws insights and suggestions for the reader to consider. Readers will not agree with all points made in the book.

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8.Dying for a Paycheck by Jeffrey Pfeffer,

In this timely, provocative book, Jeffrey Pfeffer contends that many modern management commonalities such as long work hours, work-family conflict, and economic insecurity are toxic to employees—hurting engagement, increasing turnover, and destroying people’s physical and emotional health—and also inimical to company performance.  He argues that human sustainability should be as important as environmental stewardship.You don’t have to do a physically dangerous job to confront a health-destroying, possibly life-threatening, workplace. Just ask the manager in a senior finance role whose immense workload, once handled by several employees, required frequent all-nighters—leading to alcohol and drug addiction.

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9.Dear Madam President: An open letter to the women who will run the world by Jennifer Palmieri

In this book, by using lessons learned during her experiences with Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Elizabeth Edwards – to name a few – Palmieri through each chapter creates a forward-thinking framework of inspirational and practical advice for all women everywhere – from boardrooms to living rooms – who are determined to seize control of their lives, their workplaces, and their country. Dear Madam President is an empowering letter from former Hillary Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field. Dear Madam President will turn the results of the 2016 election into something incredibly empowering for future female leaders and independent thinkers everywhere.

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10. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

In this book, Simon Sinek explains the framework needed for businesses to move past knowing what they do to how they do it, and then to ask the more important question-WHY? Why do we do what we do? Why do we exist? Learning to ask these questions can unlock the secret to inspirational business. Sinek explains what it truly takes to lead and inspire and how anyone can learn how to do it. Why are some people and organizations more inventive, pioneering and successful than others? And why are they able to repeat their success again and again? In business, it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it.

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