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Promotions At Work: All The Books You Need To Read

Whether you’ve just hit that big promotion you’ve been dreaming of, or your working you’re way up the ladder to that point, we have gone out to collect all of the best book recommendations we could find for those hoping to explore the world of successful promotions.

Talking to various experts right across the field for their insights, below is the ultimate shortlist for any budder team members hoping to make a success of themselves.

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#1 Playing Big – Tara Mohr

For anyone who has been promoted, but especially a woman, I highly recommend Playing Big by Tara Morh. This book has been life-changing for every woman I’ve ever met that has read it. It helps anyone, but women in particular, leave the fear of criticism behind and learn to work (and achieve) to their fullest potential.

A promotion is the perfect time to receive and read this book. When stepping into a new role with new responsibilities you need that friend who can remind you of how awesome you are, even if you are feeling intimidated by the enormity of the new role. Tara Mohr is so human and friendly in her tone, that she seems to assume that role of confidant and pep squad.

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Contributor: Marianna Sachse from hellojackalo.com

#2 Suddenly In Charge – Roberta Matuson

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Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around is ideal for people who are seeking promotions and those who have recently been promoted. Literally two books in one, Suddenly in Charge provides all of the tools necessary to be successful at managing up and down the line of any organization.

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Contributor: Roberta Matuson from matusonconsulting.com

#3 Managing Up – Mary Abbajay

Abbajay is a career expert, organizational consultant, and author, as well as founder & CEO of Careerstone Group. Her book Managing Up provides practical strategies for developing effective relationships between bosses and coworkers. Readers learn to assess their boss' and colleagues’ preferred ways of communicating and priorities at work, and learn which actions move all involved forward.

Managing Up teaches newly promoted employees how to become an effective and collaborative manager.

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Contributor: Katherine Bergmann from managingupthebook.com

#4 The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

A classic for anyone trying to fixing issues in their love life, but don't overlook it's business applications. It's filled with interpersonal relationship hacks that can apply in the office too. I've gotten more use out of the Five Love Languages in my business than anywhere else. Knowing what makes people feel appreciated is the key to motivating employees and keeping them happy.

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Contributor: Ryan Knoll from civilhair.com

#5 The Dictator’s Handbook – Bueno De Mesquita & Smith

It's a funny title but a very compelling subject. It discusses what gives dictators power and why countries like the USA pay them. It also relates these lessons to running public companies and draws a lot of parallels that are not only very interesting but highly educational. This book is excellent for anyone who has to manage a board, deal with shareholders orkeep partners happy.

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Contributor: Ryan Knoll from civilhair.com

#6 Caffeinate Your Career – Jennifer Way

Has your career lulled you to sleep? Has promotion after promotion passed you by? Want to keep your momentum going after your last promotion? This book will help fuel your career with simple, small activities that will infuse your work with a little inspiration. This isn’t about more work, it’s about better work. Wake up to better assignments, more money, and greater opportunities by taking small daily actions you can complete in 15 minutes or less—perfect with your morning coffee.

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Contributor: Jennifer Way from waysolutions.com and caffeinateyourcareer.com

#7 The Goal – Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The Theory of Constraints, a business management philosophy that helps you identify and fix problems in any organization or system, is a powerful set of critical thinking tools. Regardless of your role or industry, you can apply the lessons learned from this book to identify what's holding you or your team back, map out potential solutions, and implement changes that will benefit your company.

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Contributor: Dave Lane from inventiv.io

#8 Great CEOs Are Lazy – Jim Schleckser

Managers are most effective when enabling other people to do great work, not when doing the work themselves. This book describes the practices and benefits of focusing, solving core problems, and establishing systems that will make your team more effective.

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Contributor: Dave Lane from inventiv.io

#9 Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

This is the absolute perfect book for those who've been recently promoted because it reminds us of how much work we still have to do. Think of it as a humbling reminder that we aren't only looking for one promotion. We are looking to become industry experts in our field. The term outliers refers to those who go above and beyond, those who perform at a higher level than the rest of us. Learn from the habits and characteristics of outliers to become one yourself.

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Contributor: Chad Zollinger from bestcompany.com

#10 Thinking, Fast And Slow – Daniel Kahneman

In terms of seeking and securing a promotion, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a book that can completely change the way you think, act and succeed in business. It makes the reader slow down and question why they think the way they do, while providing practical techniques you can use to make better decisions at work.

From a performance management perspective, it’s essential to consider the way we behave and adjust accordingly — this book can certainly help employees make the most out of performance discussions. Equally, it can help newly promoted employees manage their success and continue on their upward trajectory.

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Contributor: Stuart Hearn from clearreview.com

#11 How To Talk To Anyone – Leil Lowndes

This book can give you tips on how to make a good first impression and obtain helpful work partners in your new position. Especially if you’re shy or introverted, this book can really give you the boost that you need to succeed in your new role.

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Contributor: Nate Masterson from mapleholistics.com

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