My inaugural list, and I'm keeping it brief. There are lots of career books to choose from, here are the three I've found most helpful...
  1. 3. The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman
    The LinkedIn founder says it's not reasonable to expect anyone to stay at any one job unless they see themselves growing. He suggests employer and employee enter into tour of duty agreements that define what each will get out of the relationship over a set period of time.
  2. 2. The Long View: Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far by Brian Fetherstonhaugh
    Fetherstonhaugh is CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, the huge digital marketing firm. He takes the view of pacing yourself for a marathon career of 50 years. The portrait thing is long term growth, and you get that by building new skills and creating enduring relationships.
  3. 1. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
    Newport is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He's all about identifying the skills it takes to be successful in your chosen career, and then carving out dedicated time to get really good at them. It's the anti-message to "follow your passion."