Your Career Development Summer Reading List

Monday, August 3, 2015

There are many books focused on career development in the ATD bookstore, but I thought I’d highlight a few that are on my summer reading list. What's more, ATD is having a Midsummer Book Sale! One day only—Tuesday, August 4—you can get 20% off all in-stock ATD books. And from August 5–14, all 2015 book releases will be 20% off.


The Self-Aware Leader
By Dan Gallagher and Joseph Costal  

The Self-Aware Leader was given to me by a friend before I came to work for ATD to use as a tool in my career coaching practice. I found its practical lessons on becoming more self-aware as a manager were beneficial for me as well as my clients. It offers insights regarding aspects of your management career, including which characteristics drive desirable leadership outcomes and personal success. 

Career Moves 3rd Edition
By Annabelle Reitman and Caitlin Williams

Updated in 2013, Career Moves by career experts Caitlin Williams and Annabelle Reitman, shows you how to create your dream career by using practical planning exercises and techniques. Explore key competencies that professionals need to be successful, and learn how to make them work for you. 


Special bonus: If you have an iPad, don’t miss its app to make the book come alive

90 Days 90 Ways: Onboard Young Professionals to Peak Performance
By Alexia Vernon

Alexia Vernon’s 90 Days 90 Ways: Onboard Young Professionals to Peak Performance demonstrates how to achieve the goal of getting new employees oriented, integrated, and trained within the first 90 days of their employment so they can make significant contributions to your business. 


Connection Culture
By Michael Lee Stallard

Michael Stallard’s new book on developing a “connection culture” where employees feel valued and included is definitely worth a read. The book provides a practical and fresh way of thinking about leadership and offers recommendations for how to tap into the power of human connection. Inspiring and practical, this book challenges you to set the performance bar high and to keep reaching.  Coming Soon...

Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being  
By Beth Cabrera

I’m also looking forward to reading Beth Cabrera’s new book, Beyond Happy, which is scheduled to come out on August 24. Why? Over the course of a decade, positive psychology authority Dr. Beth Cabrera has surveyed and interviewed more than a thousand women to gather insight into how to effectively balance career and family responsibilities. In Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, she gathers her essential findings and offers women proven strategies for living more authentic, meaningful lives. Helpful self-assessments guide you toward feeling good and doing good, and each chapter delivers tried-and-true tactics that real women have used to manage the difficulties of fulfilling their multiple, often conflicting, roles.

About the Author

Sue Kaiden is the Project Manager, Credentialing for the Association for Talent Development’s Certification Institute (CI). In this role, Sue manages the preparation products used by candidates for the CPLP and APTD credentials. Prior to joining the CI team, Sue was the Manager of the Career Development community at ATD. Before coming to ATD, Sue held executive and consulting roles in the healthcare, IT, and nonprofit sectors and founded a career coaching firm, CareerEdge. In addition, she started a job search support program for unemployed and underemployed people in the Philadelphia area which she ran for 11 years. Through this program and her coaching practice, Sue helped hundreds of people find meaningful work. Sue is the author of  Keeping Your Career on Track (TD at Work) and the editor of Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing a Job You'll Love, a book written with 16 top-notch career coaches that was published in October 2016 . Sue holds an MBA from Cornell University, a BS from Miami University (Ohio), and is a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner.  

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