Books I Love

 

This is the networking book for the non-networker! In 31 short, targeted chapters, author Keith Ferrazzi transforms networking from a dirty word into a genuine process by highlighting how to build real relationships and why giving is as important as getting. Through a series of practical principles, he outlines how highly successful people leverage the power of strong relationships to both widen their circles and raise everyone’s boats.

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The sustainability agenda has opened up an array of new career opportunities for many of us but as this area evolves it gets more difficult to navigate for job seekers. This book, recently released in 2nd edition, provides not only MBAs, with the nuts and bolts of how to find your way in the industry, conduct your job search and best direct your resources to find a sustainability career in this broad and expanding sector. Author Katie Kross has a great Careers Matrix showing career track options, which you can preview in her guest post on the Walk of Life blog.

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These days, sustainability leaders are emerging from within organizations, but are unable to find a clear path that encourages innovation and development. This book by Andrew W. Savitz, Karl Weber and Edward E. Lawler shines a light on how business leaders and HR professionals can tap into sustainability to recruit, motivate and support top talent. In the process, companies will increase productivity and boost their triple bottom line.

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If you can’t find your dream job, maybe it does not exist yet. In this book, one of the leading pioneers of sustainability and our guest blogger, John Elkington introduces us to the Zeronaut: a new breed of inventor, innovator, entrepreneur, intrapreneur, investor, manager, politician and educator that is actively working to shrink our footprint in the face of a changing world.

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What a character and online presence this guy is! Meet Gary Vaynerchuck, a family businessman that turned his local wine shop into a national industry leader by employing his entrepreneurial spirit on the Internet. In his book, he explains how to transform your passion into a day job and increase your earning potential by leveraging social media to build your personal brand.

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This “comprehensive career resource from the leading nonprofit jobs website” does exactly what it says on the tin. Aimed squarely at recent-graduates who aspire to change the world, this guide to working in nonprofits breaks down the traditional job search tips and tricks, but with an impact-edge.

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Written by sustainability pros for sustainability pros, the Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook is a brilliant collection of essays by thought leaders on the mechanics of embedding sustainability. In 300+ pages, it seeks to do three key things: increase understanding and awareness of sustainability on conceptual, practical and personal levels, energise and expand commitment to building sustainable enterprises, and provide the tools and techniques needed.

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This exceptionally user-friendly book from the Dummies series will help you navigate your path to a green job, no matter what your starting point. Carol McClelland dissects the green sector with the deft hand of a brain surgeon, lays the component parts out  on the operating table and proceeds to offer a systematic analysis of each bit in her friendly, matter of fact style.

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If you’re studying environmental issues at university or looking to switch from your core function into a greener role and want to know what environment-related jobs are out there, then this is your bible! With 68 in-depth green career profiles and a host of Q&As with professionals in each role, Cassio and Rush’s ‘Green Careers’ guide is an indispensible resource.

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This insightful book is billed as a guide for wannabe entrepreneurs to finding where your gifts, passions and purpose intersect – and using them to build a new career. In it, Pollard introduces the concept of a ‘natural enterprise’ as a “sustainable, self-organised, self-managed, community-based business partnership in which a group of people agree to make a living together”, and goes about explaining how to create one.

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