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33 business books every professional should read before turning 30

To help you figure out how to navigate the professional world and set yourself on the right trajectory, we've rounded up some of our favorite business books.<p>They include career guides, business memoirs, and academic research on how to maximize your time and network.<p>Here are the business books we …

12 books you should read to impress your boss

Not only that, it improves your vocabulary, expands your world, and generally makes you a more educated and interesting person to be around.<p>Below, 12 entrepreneurs from YEC suggest books that they themselves have loved and passed on to their employees.<p>Read just one and you'll find yourself ahead of …

Self-improvement

We Don't Need The Best People, We Need The Best Teams

In 1997, in a landmark article, McKinsey declared the war for talent. The firm argued that due to demographic shifts, recruiting the “best and the brightest” was even more important than “capital, strategy, or R&D.” The report was enormously influential and continues to affect how enterprises …

Millionaires Don't Use To-Do Lists (They Use This Instead)

Do you really think Richard Branson and Bill Gates wrote long to-do lists and prioritized items as A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and on and on?<p>In my research into time management and best practices for productivity, I've interviewed over 200 billionaires, Olympians, straight-A students and entrepreneurs. I …

Emotional Connection Is The Heart Of Leadership, Right?

Ten years ago Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd, the exclusive Domino’s Pizza franchisee in India, was failing. Not only was the company bleeding red ink and struggling to service its debt, it had also generated significant controversy over food hygiene problems in a country with poor roads, terrible traffic …

Leadership

Overachievers And Underachievers: Feed One, Starve The Other

Some achieve as they should. Some more. Some less. How much of that is due to peoples’ natures? How much is due to how they were nurtured? And what are the implications for leadership? In “The Mixed-Up Brothers of Bogotá,” Susan Dominus suggests the nature/nurture balance is 50/50. This means you …

Leadership

Do Unto Others: The Only Leadership Advice You'll Ever Need

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is this weekend. There have been many inspiring speeches delivered at the HOF over the years, but the greatest of all time occurred in 1993 when 12-year-old Jarrett Payton quietly stepped to the podium and, in a high-pitched voice, introduced his heroic father Walter …

Six Things Real Leaders Don't Do (Like Boss People Around)

People get hired or promoted into leadership roles every day. Sadly, when they get the job they may get little or no training on how to lead a team.<p>Because no one tells them how to lead, how to communicate with their team members or how to inspire people, they are left with the mistaken idea that …

Leadership

People Leave Managers, Not Companies

<i>Following is an excerpt from my new book</i> The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World<i>, which is being published today by Prentice Hall Press.</i> <i>This section, from the chapter “People Leave Managers, Not Companies,” examines the fundamental importance and challenges of a manager’s …

Employee Engagement

These 10 Things Would Happen When You Start Stepping Out Of You Comfort Zone

Most people want to be become successful, pursue their passions, and live a life full of happiness and love. The truth is, making your dreams become …

Motivation

How To Lead When You Aren't The Leader

I was recently coaching a group of young professionals who work for one of my clients in New Jersey. I was helping them analyze their 360Reach personal brand survey reports (disclosure: 360Reach is a product of my company, Reach Personal Branding) so they could understand how they are perceived by …

10 Behaviors That Could Launch Your Career

<i>What is the single greatest piece of career advice you've ever received?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Nelson Wang,</i> …

A Former CIA Agent Explains How To Advance Your Career Like A Spy

They have to gain their opponent's trust and respond to a crisis quickly.<p>In the book "Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer," J.C. Carleson writes about her experience as an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and the business and career tips she gained during …