Books are a great gift for coworkers. Even the worst book has something to offer, as it opens up our horizons and make us reflect on things we haven’t thought before. There are books that even people who are not particularly fond of reading will enjoy. The key, when you are looking for a book to offer as a gift, is to find one that is well-written, relevant to your colleague’s interests, easy to read in terms of font and short enough to be thorough and interesting but not too heavy. Following you will find a list of the best career books for coworker gifts. These books are motivational, inspirational and practical and they can help people improve their career, work-life balance and level of fulfillment at the workplace. When you get one for your coworker, don’t forget to pick a copy for yourself as well!
The 4-hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Tim is an exceptional young man who, after going to Princeton, managed to start his own health supplement company and run it with the help of virtual assistants. The book describes how he achieved his goals and offers ways to turn everyone’s dreams into realistic goals. Tim explains how outsourcing allows him time to travel and live his life the way he wants and offers readers guidance on how to do just that.
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by Tom and David Kelley
Tom is an IDEO partner and author of “The Art of Innovation. David is the IDEO founder and the creator of Stanford d.school. The two brothers use many anecdotes from their experience at IDEO, d.school and many companies in order to explain that each and everyone us has a great creative potential and the ability to innovate. Creativity is not a privilege of artists but it can be implemented in any type of work and business. The Kelley brothers show us how.
How to Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Lime, by Scott Adams
If you are looking for a gift for coworkers who are pessimistic and feel that nothing will ever work out for them, this might be the book you are looking for. Adams shares his stories of personal failure in his corporate career, his restaurants and his investments in a way that will make you laugh out loud. After all the good laughs however, he will make you reflect on the things that each failure teaches us. He is a realist and points out that there is not one system that works for everyone, but by observing other peoples victories and mistakes, we can find what could work for us.
What Color is Your Parachute? By Richard N. Bolles
This is an ideal gift for a coworker who is planning a career change. The 2014 edition is already out and the subtitle is “A practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changer” and the book is just that. TIME-approved, this guide helps the reader discover what they love to do, where they love to do and how they can persuade an employer to give them the job of their dreams. Totally up to date, describing how to make use of the social media like Facebook, linked in and twitter in order to job-hunt, the book explains that we should keep an open mind when it comes to job-hunting. In a world where traditional interviews are more and more replaced by skype calls, job seekers need to adapt their strategies as well, in order to get what they really want.
If you want to explore further best-selling career books, make sure to read lots of reader reviews, in order to find out if the book is really worth it. Also, if you decide to offer a career-changing book to a coworker, you might want to do it in a discreet way, so that you don’t reveal his intentions to the whole office!
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