Earning your MBA will take you a long way towards achieving your career goals, but most MBAs (including ones from Harvard, Stanford, etc.) still augment their reading with career success books. We hope you enjoy our recommendations.
Get Hired! Grow. Lead. Live. by Hal Eastman
This is a great book that has been poorly marketed. (We assume you are reading our reviews to uncover such ‘hidden nuggets.’) Author Hal Eastman is a Stanford MBA. He founded two small companies and was president of two large, publicly traded companies. He has accumulated a lot of wisdom after a 30-year business career and this book is crammed with advice for career success. Please don’t be misled by the title. The first chapter is 16 pages and deals with the job search process. The rest of the book is chocked full of valuable career advice that will benefit readers beyond the mid career stage.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Cal Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown by day and author extraordinaire in his part time, presents actionable steps to increase your concentration and focus to become more productive and successful. His contrarian viewpoint, in our opinion at least, has produced yet another impactful book that is well worth a place on your reading list.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Have you heard “follow your passion” so many times that you just assume it must be true? This book is meant for you. Cal Newport, an author we like so much, we’ve reviewed two of his books on this page, makes a compelling case for why this advice is actually wrong and argues that passion only enters the equation after you have put in the hard work to succeed.
Boost: Create Good Habits Using Psychology and Technology by Max Ogles
While this book was ostensibly written to help developers create more enticing products, it has great insights for forming positive habits as well as inspiring career path mapping. It’s a quick read and we’re confident you’ll appreciate the ROI!
Who’s Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success–and Won’t Let You Fail by Keith Ferrazzi
With all due respect, if you haven’t yet learned that you can’t do it all by yourself, you will as soon as you set foot on to your business school campus. There, you will very quickly learn the importance of working with good teams to get through the voluminous amount of work while still having time for recruiting and other functions. This book has some great insights into building relationships that will help you achieve your greatest career success. Because, at the risk of sounding overly blunt, talent alone is not enough.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
David Allen has overhauled this New York Times best seller to update it for his existing fans and we’re confident it will also help establish a new generation of fans as well. We’re confident you will see why it’s considered by many to be the seminal book on personal organization.
The 1% Solution for Work and Life by Tom Connellan
New York Times best-selling author Tom Connellan has written another gem with this book. This 150 page book (we don’t count the “About” or “Acknowledgements” that comprise the last 3 numbered pages) is a great read for a quick flight. Even if you only internalize two or three of the many points made, it will be well worth the cost and time investment.