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15 Books To Read To Advance Your Career

Whether you are a Garbologist, a Brain Surgeon, the President or a Personal Assistant, you could always be doing better.

Reading books is a powerful tool that can help you learn more about who you are, where you are going and what you want, how to get there and how to be the best possible version of yourself.

Our Morgan Consulting staff share their recommendations of books that have helped to improve their career and their personal life.


Nicole Dickmann

1. The Motivation Manifesto - Brendon Burchard

Poetically written, focusing on how to rewire our brains to break through our fears that often stop us from being the best we can be in our careers and in general life.

2. The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene

The definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. Creating 48 essential laws by drawing on the history of power form the past three thousand years.

3. The ONE thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results – Gary Keller

When you get caught up in the long list of TO Dos this book helps you focus on what matters. For the Multitasker who keeps piling more on their desk.. But it goes beyond just work load and helps you focus on all aspects of your life, breaking through the clutter to the things that really matters most to you. What’s your ONE thing?

Jasmin Ayles

4. The Happiness Advantage - Shawn Anchor

The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work.  An interesting read that explains how we can be happy from a business point of view.

5. The Tipping Point - Malcom Gladwell

How little things can make a big difference.  Malcolm Gladwell uses scientific and sociological research to explain fads.

6. Starts with Why - Simon Sinek

How great leaders inspire everyone to take action.


Dave Gallagher

7. The Start - Up of You - Reid Hoffman

Bit of a LinkedIn plug, but some good stuff in there about networking and being in charge of your own career.

8. Choose Yourself - James Altucher

Too honest, and I think Altucher is probably crazy, but he writes well and it gets you thinking. I found this hard to put down.

9. The Go Giver- Bob Burg

A story about the power of giving.


Kim Keating

10. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

The book challenges us to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can do, and serves as a rallying cry for us to work together to create a more equal world.

11. The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama

Transformational for me on a personal and professional basis. He'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that "the very motion of our life is towards happiness."

12. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace - Gary Chapman

Gives you practical steps to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive.

13. Personality Plus - Florence Littauer

How to understand others by understanding yourself.

14. How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

The book explains that success comes from the ability to communicate effectively with others. He provides relatable analogies and examples, and teaches you skills to make people want to be in your company, see things your way, and feel wonderful about it.

15. The Magic of Thinking Big - David Schwartz

It is a long read however it’s also very powerful. Gives you useful methods, not empty promises. Dr. Schwartz presents a carefully designed program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. He proves that you don't need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction--but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.


Now that you are equipped with an extensive list of book recommendations, you have no excuse. Get reading, expand your knowledge, advance your career and increase your happiness.

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