Updated: Nov 13, 2020
If you are looking to close 2020 strong, create 2021 leadership goals before New Year, and take the next step in your career, this is the list for you. Whether you are a paper-only reader, an e-book enthusiast, or an audiobook fan, here are three books you need to add to your Fall reading list.
Your recommended 2020 Fall Book List
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The “I Am Building My Own Table” Career Book:
The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Minda Harts
It will take you three pages to fall in love with Minda Harts’ book The Memo. From code-switching, not earning a competitive salary, or feeling that you don’t belong at work, Harts has been through it all. The Memo is not only for women of color in the workplace but for every person that has ever felt like they accepted jobs for companies that didn’t value their worth. Harts tells you everything you need to know to advocate for yourself, how to identify red flags at work, and the importance of connecting with other professionals to grow in your career. You will love reading about her corporate America experiences and see yourself going through the same things.
If you are not convinced, just read the preface. I’ll give you a hint; you cannot all “Lean In” your way into a boardroom.
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Before you order online, check out the virtual catalog at your local library or find an indie bookstore close to you.
The “Let’s Build A Professional Brand To Level-Up” Book
Building A Story Brand: Clarifying Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
If you think you don’t need to build a brand because you don’t own a business, think again. To grow your business or your leadership, you need a brand that tells your story and why you are the best person to resolve your client’s needs. A professional brand is as essential as the right resume. Using a StoryBrand framework, Miller gives you the tools to understand the needs of folks you interact with, the reasons behind why people make decisions, and how to simplify your “Calls to Action” so clients can see you as the expert and the right person to invest.
You need a brand that tells your story and why you are the best person to resolve your client’s needs.
The “How Do I Say All Of This With Fewer Words” Book
Data Story: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story by Nancy Duarte
I first learned about this book two years ago when my husband got home from a conference in Boston and said, “you need to check Nancy Duarte out and do your Master’s in whatever she studied.” I had transitioned out of human services into education, and I was using a researcher's brain to make programs and strategic presentations. When you make data-informed decisions, it is your job to tell the numbers story, and that is what Duarte will teach you. Her book goes beyond a PowerPoint; Data Story helps you transform numbers into narratives that spark action, inspire others, and get approved.
You can find time to read too...
You can find more time to read when you block uninterrupted time on your calendar, use a Pomodoro watch online to help you focus, join a book club where you can engage with others reading the book, and never leave your house without your book. By reading for smaller periods and setting up weekly milestones, you will find new ways to get closer to your leadership goals.
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Paulette Piñero is the owner of LEAD Media LLC, a leadership coaching and management consulting firm that helps professionals of color get the confidence and skills they need to take the next step in their careers.