The Summer Reading List for Your Career

As the weather gets warmer, there’s nothing quite like diving into a good book while you enjoy the sunshine. We’ve got some avid readers here at LaSalle, so we thought we’d share the books that keep us turning pages. Here are 8 books to grow your career this summer:

Katie Struve

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter by Meg Jay

  • Personal and professional growth go hand in hand. Help your life and career flourish with clinical psychologist, Dr. Meg Jay’s take on your twenties. She highlights how this defining decade is pivotal, despite our “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture. How will making the most of your 20’s impact your career? Dr. Jay devotes the first section of her book to stories related to growth and development at work. Find how to thrive in your 20’s and your career with this educational page-turner.

Paul Wallenberg

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

  • Ever wonder about the person behind the swoosh? For the first time, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight tells the story of this iconic company. In the early 1960’s, Knight borrowed $50 from his father and started the company from the truck of his lime green Plymoth Valiant. Now, Nike’s annual sales stretch above $30 billion. His candid lessons on taking risks, handling setbacks and making connections can give you new insights on business and branding to boost your career.

Hannah Hart

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

  • COO of Facebook and coauthor of Option B, Sheryl Sandberg, empowers women in the workplace. She encourages women to “’sit at the table,’ seek challenges, take risks and pursue their goals with gusto.” Sandburg offers advice on negotiation strategies, mentorship, and tips to navigate the workplace as a woman to build a strong career.

Jessica Schaeffer

Leaders Eat Last:Why Some Teams Pull It Together and Some Don’t by Simon Sinek

  • Marines embrace the mantra, “officers eat last.” On and off the battlefield, it’s essential for this group to cultivate trust. After all, they’re putting their lives on the line for each other. Is sacrifice the key? In his work with groups around the world, author Simon Sinek discovered how leaders can inspire teams to trust each other, create unity and provide fulfillment. Elevate your leadership skills with this read about strengthening the bonds of the team.

Jason Siegel

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

  • Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck discovered a simple yet powerful truth. Success in work, sports, school and anything we want to accomplish can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents. Those with a fixed mindset (who think our abilities can’t change) are less likely to thrive than those with a growth mindset (who believe abilities can be developed). Use this book to shift your perspective and elevate your management style or ignite your career this summer.

Sierra Waller

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

  • We make choices every day. From what to eat for lunch to financial investments, they are a key part of life. Nudge can boost you career through helping you make better decisions. Nobel prize winner Richard H. Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein showcase how to steer away from bad decisions and make the best choices for ourselves and our careers.

Coming soon:

Career Gut Check: The Tough Love You Need to Grow Your Career by Tom Gimbel

  • This book examines the real reason you aren’t happily employed. It gives you the tough love you need to look at yourself, your career and the investments you’ve made (or lack thereof!) to make strides in your career. We all want to love what we do, but oftentimes, we stand in our own way. This book will help you get out of your head and put practical tips to work to start earning more, winning that promotion or earning that job you’ve always wanted.
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