I had a tremendous reading summer and have been on a bit of a non-fiction kick. A few of the books I have read multiple times, they have been so good.
None of these books are career specific. Each can apply to anyone in any profession and they are worth not only reading but owning. I have purchased each of these books; they were not advanced copies or even gifts.
Mark Goulston is a psychiatrist with an incredible ability to not only listen but truly hear people. He opens the book with a story of a hostage negotiator (how is that for a line grab?) and doesn't let up. This is such a powerful book that I recommend it wherever I go.
The Happiness Advantage Shawn Achor
I borrowed this book from the library. It was so good that I bought it. In discussions with friends, we all agree that we aren't crazy about the word "happiness" but his research on happiness (at Harvard, no less) and its impact in the workplace is fantastic. If you want to know a little more, watch his TED talk. Watch it a couple of times because he 1) talks fast and 2) is so hilarious that you will miss some of his jokes.
This is an author with whom I was unfamiliar. I have read the book several times and started the user guide in back. She outlines conversations, real authentic conversations that include be here, prepared to be nowhere else; obey your instinct; take responsibility for your emotional wake; let silence do the heavy lifting. (I especially love this one). I will actually be in conversations and hear in my head, let the silence do the heavy lifting.
If you have time to read and invest in yourself, consider these fantastic books.