As Ken Blanchard states in his book Zap the Gaps - Target Higher Performance and Achieve It! - “you gotta wanna.” In other words, no one is going to want you to succeed in your career more then you. You need the desire to achieve and start taking the steps necessary to get there.
Check out these books to get you started:
Just graduated college?
Grad to Great - Discover the Secrets to Success in Your First Career by Anne Brown and Beth Zefo
Navigating your way into your first job can be difficult. Grad to Great - is an excellent resource for recent college graduates entering the workforce. The book includes tips on how to interview, your first day on the job and so much more. I recommend this book to all college graduates.
You Don’t Have to Learn the Hard Way – Making it in the Real World , A Guide For Graduates by JR. Parrish
Life is difficult enough. Author JR Parrish provides high school and college graduates a roadmap to success in both career and life. Exercises and quizzes are included to help you to determine your dreams. This book is particularly useful to students who have decided to start their transformation into the workforce right out of high school.
Need help with motivation in the workplace?
101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work by Carol A. Silvis, M. ED.
Author Carol Silvis provides 101 tips and techniques to improve your skills and gain a competitive edge in today’s workplace. I found many of the tips to be spot on with what today’s managers are looking for.
Thank God It’s Monday, How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love by Roxanne Emmerich
When was the last time you jumped out of bed and happily rushed to work - on a Monday? Maybe what you need is a little motivation in the workplace.
Need help with supervising skills?
The Leadership Pill - The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today by Ken Blanchard co-authored by Marc Muchnick
Leadership in the form of a pill? What if life were just that easy? Authors Blanchard and Muchnick creatively entertain you while teaching effective leadership and motivational skills.
7 Lessons For Leading in Crisis, by Bill George
Never has there been a more crucial time for leaders to learn how to safely navigate their organizations back from the brink of disaster. Providing real life examples of both successful and unsuccessful leaders, George uses these examples to lead the way to a successful future.
6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses by Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O'Connell
Are you an effective boss? Effective management and leadership are the cornerstones of any effective organization. The core principle of relationship building is essential. The 6 Habits of Highly Effective Bosses will help you to learn the skills needed to become an effective member of management. Written in an easy style similar to that of Stephen Covey.