4 Career Coach Books for Your Christmas Wish List

Career coach books are a great way to acquire additional knowledge to help your career coaching practice. More knowledge means you will have more skills to use when helping find outcomes for your clients.

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Look for Books Written for Individuals Not Coaches

Coaches tend to scour Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or bookstores for books written specifically for coaches. These books are written to help coaches refine their skills, learn new tools and knowledge, and boost their abilities to help clients.

However, it is also useful to look for books that are written for individuals looking to get more out of their careers. Ignoring these books is a big mistake as they contain valuable knowledge on what individuals are looking for and ways to assist these individuals in achieving their career goals.

If you are seeking out some valuable career coach books to put on your list to Santa, don’t ignore books that are written for individuals.

4 Career Coach Books for Your Christmas Wish List

You Already Know How to be Great – Alan Fine

This book seems to be written for both coaches and individuals. It’s almost revolutionary as a self-help book in that in pushes the notion that you don’t need to acquire new skills or knowledge to find greatness. People can find greatness by getting rid of the interference and obstacles that prevents people from using the skills, talents, and knowledge they already have. It contains many examples and coaching roles plays to integrate into your career coach practice.

David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell

Just the title is inspiring enough, and if you’ve heard of Malcolm Gladwell, you’ll also know that this is one well-written and interesting book. He probably didn’t write it as a career coach book, but it can serve a strategic place on any coach’s bookshelf. This book details dozens of examples how small triumphed over big – examples that can be used within the context of a coaching session.

Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams – Barbara Sher

Long title, and perhaps a big contrived, but it helps you realize that having myriad passions and interests is not that bad and can be surprisingly beneficial. It also helps people learn how to apply their passions and interests to the career of their choice. This isn’t truly classified under career coach books, but it contains so much valuable information for the career coach that it is worth putting on your list to Santa.

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Most people would find this an odd choice to be included on a list of career coach books, but its inclusion is important in these times of volatility and disorder. Its premise is that you can benefit from shock and volatility. It’s not an easy read and takes some concentration, but what you learn from it can be applied in helping your clients find the right outcomes in an extremely chaotic world.

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  1. John Wesley says

    Great books! Can’t decide which one to buy. These books would really help me in my career. I cannot wait for the next blog post.

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