There are a reassuring amount of career books for women out at the moment, each one inspiring you to kick ass and move up in the world. But which ones are worthy of the postage? I’ve scoured the internets and my own book collection to give you my top five books that will get you a promotion.
These books will motivate and inspire you to get what you deserve. They’re especially good reads if you’ve recently been told you suck at your job. Fear not – we’re here to help. Get the jasmine tea brewed, it’s time to study, Queens.
1: Feminist Fight Club – Jessica Bennett
My fervent love of Feminist Fight Club (FFC) is felt in every meeting at work when I use one of the book’s brilliant monikers. Manterrupting being one of my favourites and is used every time a male colleague has the ovaries to interupt me. FFC Advice focuses on helping out your fellow woman, instead of bringing her down, and how you can get what you want even with a particularly unruly man stopping you.
The book gives practical real-world advice on how to get the promotion you want. There’s a whole chapter on it, including step-by-step instructions on how to deal with your boss, what happens if you don’t get what you want, and how much money to ask for. Honestly, it’s The Bible for female empowerment in the workplace, and you need to read it.
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2: The Glass Wall – Sue Unerman & Kathryn Jacob
I was lucky enough to see the two authors of this book speak last year, and they were so inspiring. They both lead incredibly successful careers (Jacob is CEO of Pearl & Dean, Unerman a big wig at MediaCom) and have distilled their years of wisdom into a practical guide to smashing the glass ceiling at work. Much like FFC, The Glass Wall highlights the insidious sexism found in the workplace – it’s not bum-slapping anymore, it’s lack of recognition and unrealistic maternity leave. Full of case studies and sage advice, it’s hard not to read it all in one sitting – I know I did.
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3: Weird in a world that’s not – Jennifer Romolini
Jennifer’s hurtling career is envy inducing. In a short ten years she went from being a boss to an editor-in-chief to an editorial director to a vice president. The girl has got her shit together. And in the great tradition of helping the sisterhood, she’s distilled all her advice into an appropriately named book, Weird in a world that’s not. The book offers tangible advice on how to achieve what you want at work, even when it seems seriously unlikely.
Just to give you a taste, this is what the book covers off:
- How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
- How do I deal with intense office politics?
- How do I leave my crappy job?
- How do I learn how to be a boss not just a #boss?
- And, most importantly: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
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4: Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull
You may think this book isn’t for you if you don’t work in a creative industry – but think again. Catmull’s legendary Creativity Inc. tells the story of Pixar, how it came to be, and how you can apply their recipe for success to your own company. We know you’re going to be CEO one day, so here’s a head start on how to manage your future team with creativity, foresight and resourcefulness. Plus, you get a load of juicy stories about Woody, Buzz and their first failure; Cars. Even if you don’t read it for career advice, the nostalgia levels are off the chain.
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5: Damn good advice for people with talent – George Lois
In case you didn’t know, Don Draper of Mad Men is supposedly based on George Lois, and Lois is livid about it. “No good hack” I believe is how he refers to him. And it’s this kind of straight-talking New Yorker advice that is punched through Damn Good Advice. If you want something a little lighter to read, then this is the perfect book. Each page is set out like an advert, often consisting of just a headline and some bloody good graphics. Lois is the master of distilled communication, and if you want your promotion in a New York minute, Lois is the man to tell you how to get there. Read, digest and kick ass.