5 Career Books to Shift Your Thinking

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We asked the NYU Stern career coaches for some must-reads for professional and personal development going into the new year. Here are their picks!
  1. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

    Wharton professor Adam Grant explores why some people rise and others sink and presents a revolutionary approach to working together in today’s world.

  2. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

    Authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans from Stanford created a program for reframing life decisions to prototype a variety of options. NYU Stern’s Career Center for Working Professionals (CCWP) recently hosted a workshop based on this book, led by Eliza Shanley, senior director of the CCWP.

  3. The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins

    The first 90 days of any career transition are crucial. Stern coaches recommend this read when adapting to a new job or a promotion/lateral move. The framework is  also helpful for resetting a career impasse and learning to lead from where you stand.

  4. The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh

    The Stern coaches recommend our very own Professor Dolly Chugh's inspiring guide to confronting difficult issues and injustices by recognizing personal and systemic bias and striving to improve ourselves and the world around us.

  5. How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

    Economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb outlines how to apply the latest advances in behavioral sciences to navigate the modern workplace and be at our best. Stern’s coaches recommend this guide for enhancing daily routines to make a bigger impact and feel more fulfilled.
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