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Three Summer Reads That Will Make You a Better Professional

From reading programs at the local library to vacationers tucking books into their beach bags, summer reading lists abound. We have a few suggestions for books that aren’t just enjoyable reads, but will give you a leg-up in your career.

  1. Turn the Ship Around. Many of us face stressful work environments, but probably not as high-pressure as a nuclear-powered submarine. Navy Captain L. David Marquet shares the lessons he learned at sea and his methods for empowering everyone with leadership.

  2. The Cost of Bad Behavior: How Incivility is Damaging Your Business and What to Do about It. Would you believe that the social skills—or lack thereof—of your employees is costing your business money? Christine Pearson and Christine Porath show the ways poor manners fetter businesses and ways to forge change.

  3. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. Is the best way to do what you love to follow your heart? Not according to Cal Newport. In his insightful book, Newport posits that work we love isn’t something you happen upon by following an abstract idea, but something you create by developing concrete skills.