Book List

Leaders are readers! Here are a few good books for you to check out. If you have any recommendations to add, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me.

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko by Daniel Pink

Be Great: The Five Foundations of an Extraordinary Life by Peter Thomas

Delivering Happiness – A Path to Profits, Passion & Purpose by Tony Hsieh

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff  — and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson

Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership by Kevin Eikenberry and Guy Harris

GET HIRED! A Recruiter’s Formula to Land Your First Job After College by John W. Lepley

Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath

Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation by Frans Johansson

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Suess

Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis, and Annie McKee

Sam Walton: Made In America by Sam Walton and John Huey

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell


10 thoughts on “Book List

  1. I recently read “Life Entrepreneurs: Ordinary People Creating Extraordinary Lives” which has some interesting concepts. Its probably for more “non-traditional” career paths (whatever that means) and those who want to simultaneously pursue purpose and work.

    Chip and Dan’s second book Switch is quite good too. I’m not sure how it works in the career setting, beyond self motivation (to change one’s habits which inhibit successful career transitions and search)

    Goldman’s work in Primal Leadership is pretty interesting as well.

    The five things I wish I had done in my early career search:
    1) Hustle (there is an HBR article about this thats popular in business school)
    2) Listen (interview hr people in my field to find our what experiences and skill sets they were looking for)
    3) Try. Sometimes you don’t know until you try. Its pretty much the only scientific way to find out (besides asking others and using your intuition)
    4) Volunteer (doing actual work in your chosen field is a lot more exciting than reading job announcements)
    5)Network (where to network….how to network)


    1. Nathan,

      Thanks for the great recommendations and insight on some of the books above. I love the five things you wish you had done early in your career search. Great list! Have you considered doing a blog post on this? Interested in guest blogging on Campus to Career? Let me know!



  2. How to Argue and Win Every Time by Gerry Spence. Disregard the title, it’s actually about increasing communication skills in general – excellent pointers though.


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