If you’re focused on advancing or transitioning your career and want to keep it top of mind, check out one – or all – of these books! From strategies to support you at your current job to approaches to determine the next step for you, you’re sure to find a book in this list that resonates with you. All of these books have been read and vetted by Leila and she has high standards for what goes on this list. Now, get reading!
McKeown explores the hypothesis that we can get more done by doing less. Using case studies and historical examples, he concludes that if we can just choose the right pursuits to focus on, we’ll learn to be happier and more productive.
This book is for you if: You feel like you’re constantly under water at work and in life and are ready to develop a strategy to do less while being more productive and happier at the same time.
A collection of true stories about people that have reinvented their careers. Ibarra’s approach encourages action as a means to learning about yourself and your desires, and the stories demonstrate why action works. Her understanding of how powerful our work has on our psyche and our identity makes her advice that much more meaningful.
This book is for you if: You’re ready to reinvent yourself but not sure how or if the thought of starting a new career makes you feel like you’ll lose who you are in the process.
In a world full of interruptions and distractions, Cal Newport makes the argument that the ability to focus is the new skill that will set you apart. He provides strategies to practice focusing and find more time to do it so you can set yourself apart from the crowd.
This book is for you if: You’ve lost your ability to focus on work amidst all of the email and social media noise out there and you want to improve that ability so you can learn a new skill to transition your career or improve your current position by upping your game.
This book has quickly become a reference book for me. Csikszentmihalyi (say that 10 times fast) is the psychologist that discovered the concept of flow – the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else matters. This is the state, he argues, that we should be trying to achieve more to be happier. I recommend taking your time as you read this to really let the depth of the concepts sink in.
This book is for you if: You want to learn more about what makes people happy and how to get it. If you’re feeling like your work, relationships or life in general has become shallow and meaningless and your motivation has waned, this book will help identify what you need to do to get back on track.
Although not your traditional “career book,” I’m finding more and more that this short little nugget is a great reference for most of my high-achieving, type-A clients. This won’t take you more than a couple of hours to read, and is great if you’re feeling overwhelm or self-doubt or like you have too much on your plate and cant’ figure out how everyone else is getting it all done!
This book is for you if: You’re a people pleaser. Quindlen articulates why it’s so important to stop trying to fit into what other people expect of you and find out who you want to be at your core. It’s a book to come back to often when you’re lost in other people’s ideals and feel disconnected from your true self.
As a career coach, Leila held me accountable to get clear on what it is that I wanted in my life, both personally and professionally. During my sessions with Leila, I struggled to figure out what that actually meant for me. She helped me identify the ways that I was holding myself back and challenged me to take actions to embody my true self and hone my deepest passions.
Leila was an incredible help. Her sessions focus on much more than just the pros/cons of certain career paths. She helps you identify your core values and how much you are actually living those values, and then helps you shape a plan that allows you to achieve your goals. She was a constant source of support at all points of a career transition and her advice was invaluable. I cannot recommend her enough!
I want to express my gratitude of having Leila as my coach. There was a balance she provided between comfortable and challenging, she has the ability to use the needed one at the appropriate time. I always looked forward to sessions with Leila and through our months of process I learned about my values, beliefs and how to walk in line with what I want to be doing. Leila provided a space for me to open in areas I was ready to in my life and then she held me accountable for what I was working towards. Leila is an incredible individual with so much to offer: her strength, comfort, grace, intellect, intuition all combined to help me through life. Thank you.
Leila has been a thoughtful, intuitive coach. She is an excellent listener who provides valuable feedback and insight in a safe environment. She has made me feel more confident and better equipped to face the daily challenges in a demanding and competitive workplace.
Leila Hock delivers energetic and genuine encouragement while demonstrating a true passion for clients to reach their potential while pursuing purpose. Her coaching style includes humor, accountability and insight, driving sustainable results. Leila is an exceptional coach who excels at earning trust and customizing strategic game plans, which literally transforms the client’s mindset, approach and attitude. Amazingly talented and supportive!