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Read more to achieve much more

, February 22, 2013, 4 Comments

Reading can make the difference between most sought after and not cared about. Those who read and stay updated enjoy work more and participate more. Some of us love books and read a lot, others don’t read books but definitely skim and scan articles on the Internet, and many others don’t read anything at all.

It is vital to read and stay updated to be successful at work. How does reading and staying updated help?

You stay in the know about your domain and are aware of what your organization’s competitors are doing. Reading increases your knowledge base so the more variety there is in your reading the more you know. When you know about a subject you sound intelligent, the conversation becomes rich and filled with factual information.

We all have subjects we love reading and we therefore never tire of reading about that subject and related articles. For those who aspire to be regarded as subject matter experts, it is crucial to read almost everything there is to read by gurus in the domain and various articles on the subject from around the world.

Reading about a favorite subject or topic is exciting but for a well-rounded personality at work, reading across a variety of subjects is a must. Some of us don’t realize it but reading fiction gives us a break from daily routine, reading an article on Buddhism reinforces what we probably know about life, reading about Web 2.0 for a communications professional helps build new communication tools. The communications professional can still continue with his/ her daily job and go through the routine but increasing knowledge about new media makes the communication strategy richer.

An IT professional can read about change management to be able to contribute some ideas on introducing and sustaining change given that many organizations are introducing IT related change. Variety in reading also helps step away from domain specific reading and different subjects can offer a different perspective about your core domain.

So, read to progress in your career, read to increase your knowledge base, read for your own sanity. You don’t need to join a book club if you are not the type but fire up your favorite search engine and read away.

Some interesting readings for the working professional:

    1. Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and In Your Life by Spencer Johnson
    2. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
    3. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
    4. Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch and John A. Bryne
    5. Making the Impossible Possible: Leading Extraordinary Performance: The Rocky Flats Story by Kim Cameron and Marc Lavine
    6.  Pitch Perfect: Communicating with Traditional and Social Media for Scholars, Researchers, and Academic Leaders by William Tyson and Robert Zemsky
    7. The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations by Vinnie Mirchandani
    8. The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr
    9.  The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks by C.K. Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan
    10.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
    11. Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough: Reinventing The Customer Experience by Jonathan M. Tisch and Karl Weber
    12.  The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge


What do you recommend reading?

About author
Aarti Iyer is a Sydneysider who originally hails from Mumbai, India. She has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Sydney,speaks fluent French and is currently working towards her doctorate in Leadership. She is passionate about writing and author of the book “The Story of a Girl, 60Seconds That Changed Life." Her family gives meaning to her life and when not writing or studying; she enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and young daughter. Aarti shares her experiences in her weblog FlyingBubbles. ...more
  • Anoop

    Excellent piece. Can’t agree more. 🙂
    While the objective of the article remains pretty elevated, would you agree that including a few non-‘guidance’ kind of books in your top 12 would also help? Say, The Black Swan, which is absolutely brilliant, or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

    • Aarti Iyer

      Yes Anoop. I agree. Both books you mention are excellent.

  • Anoop

    Also, ‘read for your own sanity’ … brilliant!

    • Aarti Iyer

      I surely will. Thanks for the recommendation. Cheers:)