Magazine article American Banker

Summer Reading for Job Savvy While You Tan

Magazine article American Banker

Summer Reading for Job Savvy While You Tan

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Those of you looking for summer reading might do well to skip those spy novels and trashy romances. Pick out something to help you maneuver better in your career.

Here are some titles to consider:

* "Team think - Using the Sports Connection to Develop, Motivate, and Manage a Winning Business Team" by Don Martin (Dutton, $23).

Here we have the management basics peppered with advice from top coaches, including Tommy Lasorda, Red Auerbach. and Pat Riley.

My favorite from Mr. Lasorda, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers: "In baseball and in business, there are three types of people: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wondered what happened."

* "Office Biology" by Edith Weiner and Arnold Brown (MasterMedia, $21.95).

When these people say "biology." they're not, kidding. This book is based on serious science. They even have words in there like "neurotransmitter epinephrine."

Humor on the Job

But relax, that just has to do with humor and how it can help relieve stress. The book is accessible and full of tidbits to help us better survive in the work environment.

Don't miss the chapter on gender difference. It proposes scientific explanations of why men's brains operate differently from women's.

* "Through the Brick Wall: How to Job-Hunt in a Tight Market" by Kate Wendleton (Villard, $13).

This book has been called the "parachute" book of the 1990s. and it was written by someone who counsels senior bankers, both in job search strategies and career maneuvering.

Many of the sample resumes, summary statements, and cover letters are from bankers.

Playing the Odds

Among the nuggets: Always have six to 10 things in the works, because five are sure to fall through.

* The updated version of "When Smart People Fail" by Carole Hyatt and Linda Gottlieb (Penguin Books, $12).

If you've ever beaten yourself up for having been laid off, letting a business fail, or falling short of your dreams, this book's for you. …

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