The Savvy Young Professional's Book List

I am thankful for the many researchers, leaders, and writers who share their stories.  The following are some of my favorite books that have coached and inspired me professionally.

Strategy & Innovation

Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons From Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs (David B. Yoffee and Michael Cusumano)

  • Great for: lovers of corporate strategy, game theory, and the tech industry

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle (Dan Senor and Saul Singer)

  • Great for: actual or aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs 

Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder (Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Bhardwaj Badal, Ph.D.)

  • Great for: actual or aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs 

Relationships and Emotional Intelligence

Integrity: the Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality (Dr. Henry Cloud)

  • Great for: leaders or aspiring leaders

The Heart of Mentoring: Ten Proven Principles for Developing People to their Fullest Potential (David A. Stoddard)

  • Great for: those looking to deepen their relationships with others 

The Birkman Method (Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell)

  • Great for: users of the Birkman method and those interested in learning more about the Birkman method as it relates to understanding our motivations, interests, and stress behaviors

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

  • Great for: everyone!


7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

  • Great for: any professional, especially those feeling overwhelmed 

The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at all Levels (Michael Watkins)

  • Great for: people starting or preparing to start a new position

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) (Cathy Black)

  • Great for: college students and new graduates