It’s a known factor that rich people, smart people, or powerful people have several common habits they do often or everyday. One of them is READING. With our busy urban life style, we do know about the power of reading but often forget to do so. I am also one of the guilty ones who has been neglected on READING, so here I share with our PinKixxes 5 books I personally liked and learned a lot from, which will put me back into the spirit of READING again by talking about them.
=Women Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever=
Women Don’t Ask is the first book to identify the dramatic difference between men and women in their propensity to negotiate for what they want. It tells women how to ask, and why they should. (from Amazon.com)
=Play like a Man, Win like a Woman by Gale Evans=
in her book Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, Gail Evans reveals the secrets to the playbook of success and teaches women at all levels of the organization–from assistant to vice president–how to play the game of business to their advantage. An honest and practical handbook that reveals important insights into relationships between men and women and work, Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman, is a must-read for every woman who wants to leverage her power in the workplace. (from Amazon.com)
=The E-myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber=
Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way. (from Amazon.com)
=Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel=
Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. She’s spotted a unique set of behaviors–101 in all–that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults. Now, in this groud-breaking guide, she helps you eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back–and offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills. If you recognize and change the behaviors that say “girl” not “woman”, the results will pay off in career opportunities you never thought possible–and in an image that identifies you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office. (from Amazon.com)
=Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg=
As an avid follower of Leanin.org, this is my latest favorite book. After her electrifying TEDTalk about how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers, Sheryl Sandberg digs deeper into encouraging women to seek challenges, take risks, pursue their goals with gusto, etc., combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. In Lean In, Sandberg describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. (from Amazon.com)
These all 5 books also have great reviews from many people, so I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t regret reading them. I also remember favoring The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, so I started to read his Outliers, but I haven’t finished the book yet, so I didn’t include it in the list, but so far, it does seem like a great read to me, and it has a wonderful review from many people, so I do recommend Outliers as well to be your choice of reading.
Which book you read that made you learn as a professional woman lately? Please share!