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In this professional development series, I’ll be highlighting some unique free resources. Professional development is critical in any profession, any organization, and at any career stage. Finding helpful, interesting, and timely professional resources for career development for free is critical. Professional development is the ongoing search for knowledge to improve your current skills, develop new skills, understand emerging trends, and validate existing knowledge in a way that makes your current job performance more effective.

 

Let’s start with four professional development books you might enjoy (check your local library for copies both online and physical copies to save money):

 

    • Big Potential - How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-being by Shawn Achor. The bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage reveals why our potential is not limited by what we on our own can achieve; rather, our success is amplified by the successes of those around us. He offers five strategies for exponentially raising our achievement and performance by helping others--colleagues, teams, and employees--be better.

    • The Business of You: A Guide to Finding, Managing, and Succeeding in your Career by Lukas Krause. The Business of You explores an important topic for young professionals, especially in today's economic climate: how to find and be successful in a career. This book gathers the practices and approaches that helped author Lukas Krause go from an entry-level job to the C-Suite of an industry leading company in less than 10 years--after he found success taking on a new position as a pitcher and reinventing himself to play professionally in the New York Mets organization.

    • The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle. Daniel Coyle spent three years researching the question of what makes a successful group tick, visiting some of the world's most productive groups--including Pixar, Navy SEALs, Zappos, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs. Coyle discovered that high-performing groups relentlessly generate three key messages that enable them to excel: 1) Safety - we are connected. 2) Shared Risk - we are vulnerable together. 3) Purpose - we are part of the same story.

    • Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. The key to long-term success (and avoiding worrying yourself to death) is to think in bets: How sure am I? Annie Duke, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, draws on examples from business, sports, politics, and (of course) poker to share tools anyone can use to embrace uncertainty and make better decisions.

At the end of the day, effective professional development should help you feel more informed and more prepared to be effective at your current job. In addition, good career development should help you spot the trends and developments to appreciate and understand and, most importantly, which ones to ignore.

 

What are you reading to improve your professional development?

 

With three small boys at home, making the time to read can be difficult. I work to make reading a priority. Now that it is Summer, I’m looking for recommendations on what to read next. Have something I should consider?

 

Share your story – What is your favorite professional development book?

 

Related Information:

 

    1. Free Professional Development Resources that Can Help Make a Difference
    2. Overlooked Resources for Military Transition
    3. Transition Tips When Leaving the Military Before Retirement
    4. USAA Leaving the Military Page

       

About the Author: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 400 articles in over 200 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics. Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business. Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and www.CombatToCorporate.com

 

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