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CAREER BOOKS FOR WOMEN IN 2020 | The best career advice books & self-help books women should read


If you think that you might be making some
unconscious mistakes that are sabotaging your career. Whoa, Nelly, you need to read this book. Are you looking for the best books for career
guidance to add to your reading list? There are so many career books out there,
but what are the best career books for women to read in 2020? Stay tuned to get your reading list for success. I remember being in my early twenties and
rolling my eyes at business books. Because you can’t learn how to do business
in a book. Right? I was so incredibly naive. Luckily, since then I’ve learned better. Because books have so much to teach us. And obviously the more that you read, the
more you learn about the ditches that other people have fallen into, so that you can avoid
falling into those same ditches yourself. Since on an annual basis, I consume more books
than water, I actually get asked a lot about what career books I would suggest for women. And since I’m asked this question so often
and I’m sitting here with my nice cup of coffee, I thought that I would just shoot this video
about the books that I actually read on a regular basis and the ones that I recommend
every woman should read. Make sure you stay all the way to the end
of this video, because the last book that I’m going to mention is going to be the book
that absolutely every woman who has any level of ambition in her career absolutely must
read. Now, if you’re ready, go grab your coffee,
click that like button, and let’s get right into it. The first book that I’m going to recommend
is the only book that I actually have a hard copy of. The reason for that is that I’m a pretty hardcore
Kindle user at this point and I was even recently turned on to audio books, so this is the only
one that I have a physical copy, but it is Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by,
I believe it’s pronounced Lois Frankel. I’m going to do my best with all of the author
names, but I am kind of terrible at pronounciating people’s names correctly, so if I do get any
wrong, apologies for that. I first discovered this book… actually,
it’s one of the first women in business books that I ever picked up. And quite honestly I probably bought it because
it was on sale at a bookstore. And it is basically 133 mistakes that women
make it work that really hold them back. Phew, that’s a lot of mistakes. Now I know that that sounds overwhelming,
but a lot of these are unconscious mistakes or mistakes that are just common practice
that we don’t really think about and actually can really hold us back in our career. I actually credit this book for being one
of the reasons why I don’t use my short name. I actually went from going as Jenni to Jennifer
professionally. There was no other book that I can kick this
list off other than this book because this is one that it honestly throughout my twenties
it stayed on my nightstand. I referred to it so frequently and I actually
just recently picked up the revised and updated copy. I haven’t read it yet but it did have a revision
in 2014. This is an older book so some of the things
I think that the update is probably very welcome. But lots and lots of great advice and I think
it’s a lot of food for thought for professional woman to make us more mindful, especially
about our presence and how we’re being perceived at work. If you think you might be making some unconscious
mistakes that are sabotaging your career. Whoa Nelly, you need to read this book. And also just to call out, if you are interested
in picking up any of the books, I have them all linked in the description down below. The second book is The Happiness Advantage
by Shawn Achor. If you watched my how to stay positive at
work video, you have heard me mention this one before. And I know that you’re thinking, Jennifer,
this is a career books for women video… What’s a dude book doing on there? Well, the thing is this is just honestly a
really great book. If we only read books by women, then we’re
kind of shutting ourselves off. And isn’t inclusivity the problem that we’re
trying to solve here. I honestly credit this book to being one of
the ones that rocket launched my career, so I would legitimately be breaking the girl
code if I didn’t make sure that it was on your reading list for 2020. There’s just so much good information in this
book about cultivating happiness, its connection to productivity, gratitude. Honestly, if you want to get a crash course
in terms of what this book is, Shawn Achor has a great TED talk that I will link in the
description bart down below. But I definitely recommend that you check
out this book. And again, it is one that I just come back
to again and again. So even though this isn’t explicitly a career
book for women, this is one that absolutely needs to be on your 2020 reading last. The third book is the last book that I’m going
to mention as one of my recurring reads, but this is one that if you’ve ever spoken to
me, you know that I’m going to at some point in our conversation, drone on and on about
all of the things that you need to apply from it. And that is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People by Stephen Covey. I actually first read this book as that early
twenties cynic, and I didn’t actually really get a lot for it. I was just forced to do so because back in
the day, the company that I worked with made us read certain books when we were onboarding,
so honestly it was with a lot of hostility that I read the book. And I took absolutely nothing away from it. It wasn’t until years later when I ended up
in a leadership training seminar that was hosted by the Covey Institute that I really
deep dove meaningfully into the seven principles. To say that those seven principles transformed
my career would be a drastic understatement. It was after that seminar that I literally
went from an entry level role into an executive level role within three years. And I would directly connect so many of my
successes in my career to my application of the seven principles. If you haven’t already, I do recommend that
you subscribe to my channel, because this is the first of many videos that are going
to be dedicated to helping you thrive in your career in 2020. And some of the principles that I have taken
away from the Covey Institute, and really had the biggest and most profound effect,
are going to be things that I mentioned along the way. But back to the book. This is one that I honestly I come back to
and I read it at least once a year. Luckily my husband got the audio version. And since I have now become an audio book
person, I will be probably listening to it once a month. I’m probably not even exaggerating there. I am just really a huge fan of this one and
I cannot recommend it enough. The fourth book that you absolutely need to
get onto your reading list is The Myth of the Nice Girl by Fran Hauser. And I know you’re thinking, What’s up with
that? You told me the first book was nice girls
don’t get the corner office… Now don’t get me wrong. That first book has a lot of great insights,
advice and strategies in it and again, helps us identify those subconscious things that
we do that can really hold us back at our careers. What I love about the myth of the nice girl
though, is that it actually shows us that we can be our authentic kind selves at work
and actually still succeed. One of the things that so many of the women
that I work with struggle with is that they feel like they have to be outside of themselves. They feel like they have to be the mean girl
at work in order to get the respect that they really want, and the respect that they need
to get into the next level. And the level after that. Fran’s career story is phenomenal. And I love how she’s injected her own personal
story and her own personal successes into the narrative of the book. And I think that Fran, throughout the book,
is very successful in demonstrating how you can be both nice on successful professionally. And ultimately I really like heading into
the new decade with the idea that nice girls do finish first. The fifth book is Reset: My Fight for Inclusion
and Lasting Change by Ellen Pao. I actually read this one right when it first
came out a few years ago, and I actually think that every woman should read this. I feel like Ellen has swam in the bro-y-est
of waters. If you’ve been in tech for a while, you have
probably have come across Ellen Pao. Because she had a very high profile lawsuit
against her former employer, who is one of the most powerful VCs in the tech industry. Her story and struggles is not just relatable
for any woman in a male dominated industry, especially in tech, but her story about how
she has moved up on. And her determination and dedication to make
real change in the industry is absolutely inspiring. The six career book that you need to put onto
your reading list for 2020 is The Confidence Code by Katie Kay and Claire Shipman. I was a little bit behind the ball on reading
this, and it’s actually another book that I read recently. What I love about this book is that so many
of the women that I know and that I work with really struggle in terms of finding their
confidence. And they do an exquisite deep dive into confidence;
what it is, and how to establish it. There are so many actionable takeaways from
this book, and I feel like this is going to be one that ends up on my read it again and
again and again reading list. Because I think even if you are someone that
has a lot of confidence, there’s always going to be moments where we experience imposter
syndrome. Everyone has that – men and women. And the confidence code really does a great
job of exploring what confidence is, how to create it, and the most important takeaways
after you read the book. Now if you’ve been hanging tight, because
you know there is that career book that you absolutely must read in 2020, great news because
here it is the seventh book that you absolutely must read. And if you only read one book from this list,
make it this book. It is How Women Rise. It was coauthored by Sally Helgesen and Marshall
Goldsmith. And again, if I just butchered how I pronounce
her surname, Sally, I’m so sorry because I think you are so incredible. Marshall Goldsmith actually wrote another
book that’s also very good, It’s called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And I read this book and it was great. And the reason why him and Sally wrote this
particular book, is that some of the things in his book actually didn’t map to the career
strategy that would work for women. So I love that these two amazing career strategists
and coaches have collaborated to author something that is so actionable. And basically what Marshall and Sally do in
this book is outline the 12 habits that hold women back from getting the pay, the promotions
and the praise that they really deserve to have at work. And it’s one of those books that as I was
reading it, I was like, yes, this is hitting the nail on the head. I actually think that this is really rare
in a career book or a business book for women because I feel like so often the advice that
we’re reading seems really lofty, unrelatable, or just not attainable. I can’t say that there’s anything that I disagreed
with when I read it. And I personally felt like I actually even
got a few takeaways from this one, which I honestly wasn’t expecting. And that’s the whole point of reading a book. If you don’t own this book yet, if it’s not
already living on your nightstand, go and get it now. So that is my business books recommendations
for women in 2020. I would love to hear what career or business
book have you read, that you really enjoyed, that you would absolutely add to this list,
and feel like other women would benefit from meeting. Please drop it in the comments down below,
because if I haven’t read it yet, I’m absolutely going to get a copy! If you have read any of these books and you
would like to discuss, I would love for you to come and join me in this Strive Squad. The Strive Squad is a group on Facebook that
is dedicated to elevating and accelerating your career. I have a lot of exciting things planned for
this Srive Squad to help kickstart your career in 2020, so I absolutely recommend you check
it out. Once again, the link is in the description
bar down below. And if you haven’t already subscribed, and
you are looking to uplevel your career in 2020, absolutely go and click that subscribe
button on the notification bell right now. In my next video, I’m going to be sharing
with you how to get a promotion in 2020. And of course if you enjoy this video and
you’re super excited about your new reading list, click that like button. It really does help my channel and it lets
me know to make more content like this. And if you have a friend that would benefit
from this reading list, feel free to send this along. Thank you so much for being unapologetically
ambitious, for taking time to dedicate into your professional growth, and of course for
taking the time to watch this video. And I look forward to hearing your opinions
about these books once you’ve read them. That’s all for today. Bye for now.

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