Summer is happening and we at ReBoot Accel are voracious readers. Diane Flynn consumes one book a weekend, Patty White takes her books audible, and Beth Kawasaki underlines and notates excessively for future reference. Why? We want to stay current, keep growing, and continually learn from other people’s experiences and stories. Here are our favorite summer selects for returners and all women proactively shaping their careers and lives.
Work, PAUSE, Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood without Killing Your Career by Lisen Stromberg
Lisen Stromberg has been a valued advisor and friend to ReBoot Accel from the beginning. She embodies and is a cutting-edge leader of our shared cause: getting educated and talented women back into the paid workforce and in positions of influence following a career pause; and educating corporations about how this produces a positive HR ROI for them.
In Work PAUSE Thrive, Lisen shares her personal story and many others. In 2015, she collected data from nearly 1,500 women and conducted 186 first-person interviews. This book reveals how trailblazing women are disrupting the traditional career paradigm and are successfully rebooting their careers. What’s exciting about this? What worked for them can work for you. Put this book on your reading list and you’ll learn:
- Who pauses, how they do it, and why
- How pausing can enrich both your career and your life
- How to innovate your own nonlinear career path
- What we can—and need—to do as a society to make it possible for more people to achieve their personal and professional goals
Remember when your parents stayed at one company for an entire career? And you thought you might too? Then there were busts and layoffs. Welcome to the new world.
Lee Caraher writes, “it’s rare today for employees to stay with one organization for the long tenures that were the norm before the Great Recession. In fact, “job hopping” is the new norm, especially for Millennials. In The Boomerang Principle, companies learn how to leverage this fact rather than fear it. By engendering a lifetime of loyalty from former employees, leaders can see them “return” in the form of customers, partners, clients, advocates, contractors, and even returning employees.”
Caraher’s book is one more argument for women who have paused their careers to continually skill up and be ready for new reentry opportunities; and to stay current and wield influence as customers, fans, or thoughtful critics through the many social media and other channels available to them. The returner is valuable and mission critical for forward-thinking corporations.
BONUS! If you want to understand your Millennial employee or child better, check out Lee’s first book Millennials & Management, where she shares her pragmatic wisdoms on how to get an intergenerational workforce to contribute to the larger goals of the organization.
Extreme innovation: 3 Superpowers for Purpose and Profit by Sandy Carter
Sandy Carter was a ‘Geek Girl’ before the term was coined and is a ReBoot Accel Advisor. She’s written three best selling books: The New Language of Business, The New Language of Marketing, and Get Bold. Her new book, Extreme Innovation, recognizes that leaders are struggling with innovation, with 81% of CEOS saying their teams “are not equipped to meet the challenges.”
Why is this important for women returning to work? Because “the competition is fierce” and “the talent is better than ever”; two conditions returners need to take seriously when prepping to onramp, and when positioning themselves as the best solution to an employer’s problem.
In this book, you will gain insight into new best practices for extreme innovation, and learn how to develop new superpowers – speed, intelligence, and synergy – to drive both profit and purpose.
Sandy fan and frequent ReBoot Accel contributor, Guy Kawasaki, adds, “I can explain this book in five words: ‘Go extreme or go home.’ The choice between awesomeness and mediocrity is yours to make. If you choose awesomeness, then Carter has provided the path for you.”
Sandy writes, “Dear Extreme Innovator! I hope that this book is helpful in your journey. I tried to include very practical stories, case studies, and experts to make this an actionable and usable book. Let me know how I might be able to assist you!” Link in with Sandy Carter – Extreme Innovator and let her know your stories.
Getting (MORE OF) What You Want: How the Secrets of Economics and Psychology Can Help You Negotiate Anything, in Business and in Life and by Margaret A. Neale and Thomas Lys
This trajectory-changing book is as valuable at home as it is in the C-suite. It should be a required read for every college grad and their parents. Negotiation is fact of life and can become a sore spot of failure for many, including most women who simply leave too much on the table when reentering the paid workforce or are changing jobs.
What do we need to know about reading situations and people? What are the concrete steps we can take to prep well for upcoming exchanges? How do we identify our essentials? and clarify our negotiables?; so we can stay firm on the former and creative on the others in the heat of the moment.
In Getting (More of) What You Want, Margaret A. Neale and Thomas Lys draw on the latest advances in psychology and economics to provide new strategies for anyone shopping for a car, lobbying for a raise, or simply haggling over who takes out the trash. Getting (More of) What You Want shows how inexperienced negotiators regularly leave significant value on the table—and reveals how you can claim it.
The Net and The Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking by Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack
Most scientists believe our brain power exceeds our capacity to harness it. As we age, we begin to notice changes and must become even more intentional about exercising our cerebrum to grow our creativity and maximize enjoyment of our lives.
…the creative mode in your brain (is) like a butterfly. It’s beautiful and erratic, hard to catch and highly valued as a result. If you want to capture it, you need a net.
Enter the ‘executive mode’, the task-oriented network in your brain that helps you tie your shoes, run a meeting, or pitch a client. To succeed, you need both modes to work together–your inner butterfly active and free, and your inner net ready to spring at the right time to create an “aha!” moment. But is there a way to trigger these insights, beyond dumb luck?
Yes. Drawing on their extensive coaching and training practice with top Silicon Valley firms, Cabane and Pollack provide a step-by-step process for accessing the part of the brain that produces breakthroughs and systematically removing internal blocks. By trying the exercises in this book, readers will emerge with a powerful new capacity for breakthrough thinking.
Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident, Calm, and Competent Presenting by Matt Abrahams
It’s probably no surprise to you that 74% of Americans suffer from Glossophobia, better known as a fear of public speaking. Are you one of them?
Then thank Matthew Abrahams for an easy-to-read book of 50 anxiety management techniques that are based on scientifically supported theory and evidence. After completing this book, readers will be more confident, calm, and competent speakers.
Abrahams explains that speaking anxiety involves a complicated mix of physiological and psychological factors; then dispells myths around the origins of and explanations for public speaking anxiety, gives advice on the three common pitfalls that often intensify speaking anxiety, and helps the reader discover the right techniques for her to overcome anxiety. For good.