We’ve all been there- we’re stuck in between books and can’t decide what to read next. When it comes to needing a jolt of inspiration in our careers, often the perfect business book can give us the pick-me-up we are looking for. So, if you’re stuck in one of those spots, or just needing a new book to read, our Central Illinois banking professionals at Hickory Point Bank have compiled a top 5 list for you! Enjoy!
- The Energy Bus- Jon Gordon
recommended by Dan Marker- President, Champaign Region
We all know that finding the perfect work-life balance can be difficult. Almost every professional finds themselves asking “Am I dedicating enough time to my family? To my job? Will I get that next promotion?” In Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus he takes his readers on a journey that reveals 10 secrets for how to approach life and work with forward thinking that will lead to true accomplishment.
2. Women Don’t Ask- The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation- and Positive Strategies for Change- Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
recommended by Karla Miller- Director of Marketing, Hickory Point Bank
It’s no secret that the gender pay gap has been an issue in industries all over the world. In Women Don’t Ask authors Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever research and discuss why this injustice is still an issue. Additionally, they offer proactive solutions for women when it comes to negotiating their salary. Women Don’t Ask is a must read for every young woman who is embarking on her professional career.
3. Who Moved My Cheese- Dr. Spencer Johnson
recommended by Peggy Myers, Senior Vice President, Mortgage Lending
Change can be positive, but it can also be difficult. In the book Who Moved My Cheese author Dr. Spencer Johnson tells the allegorical story that features four characters, 2 mice and 2 people. Throughout the story the reader learns how to deal with change in their work and personal life through these four characters. Who Moved My Cheese has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and remains one of the best-selling business books.
4. How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
recommended by Toni Delporte- Vice President and Credit Officer, Commercial Lending
While the suggested books in this list have been bestsellers for business, How to Win Friends and Influence People has remained one of the best-selling books of all time. The book is written by the famously successful, Dale Carnegie. How to Win Friends and Influence People goes through sections of how to become successful and likeable with chapters such as “Twelve Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking”. This is a must-read for anyone who has the desire to succeed in life.
5. How to Become a Rainmaker- Jeffery J Fox
recommended by Chris Funk, EVP, Commercial Lending
How to Become a Rainmaker focuses on how you can become the most successful salesman in your industry. This no-nonsense book gets down to business and tells readers how to generate leads and close the sale. This book is a must-read for everyone in sales from real estate, commercial loans, mortgage loans and much more, How to Become a Rainmaker will make the difference in your career.