If I have a vice and don’t we all, it may be collecting and reading business books. There is something so invigorating about reading the stories of others who have experienced similar challenges and overcome them in unique and positive ways.
I often reference the books I am currently reading on my LinkedIn feed and in the LI Tech Savvy Women’s group. However, imagine my surprise when I learned that my first book was part of a very prestigious listing of 5 Business Books Every Women Needs for Success!
Serenity Gibbons, of Forbes, has also compiled a listing of top business books for women to read, including Girl, Stop Apologizing, by Rachel Hollis in which she teaches readers to define themselves through their own personalities instead of through their roles as wives, mothers, daughters, and employees.
Being passive at work is a common theme among the women I have met during my travels around the country. They still believe that their work will speak for them rather than recognizing that if they want to advance in their career, they have to speak up.
Inc. magazine also published a listing of business books for women recently. The list compiled by contributing author Jessica Stillman includes a classic must-read:
Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong
“Being a woman entrepreneur isn’t all “Atta girl!” moments and inspirational realizations. It also involves plenty of screw-ups and steps backward. In this book, high-achieving women, from business owners to Stanford professors to literal rock stars, describe their biggest stumbles and how they recovered.”
And in case you missed it, Huffington Post published a listing in 2017 that includes classics like Lean In and How to Win Friends and Influence People. There are another 14 inspirational books that you’ll want to make sure you’ve read like How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh, Geoffrey Lewis, Susie Cranston.
One reader left this comment after reading the book:
“This is not a typical “how to have it all” type of book. In fact, they point out several times that no one can have it all and that there is no such thing as work/life balance. All there is, is yourself and your center and maintaining as close to your center as you can. They advocate for self-evaluation as the starting point for career success – what do you want to do? What gives you energy? What drains energy? How do you combat anxiety and fear? Are you someone who needs medication in order to do that? Physical activity is necessary for centering – are you someone who needs a lot or a little to achieve that.”
Continued learning can be expanded beyond reading. Check out this article I wrote about continued learning, book groups and sharing your knowledge: Continued Learning
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JJ DiGeronimo — the president of Tech Savvy Women — is a speaker, author, and thought leader for women in tech and girls and STEM. Through her work, JJ empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract women in technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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