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Books for The Career Consultancy website:
Here are the books closest to me on my bookshelf right now. Books can change our lives especially in times of change and can be the source of great inspiration. There should be a book here for everyone of you, a book for every taste and a book for every career transition situation. It could not be easier to buy, they are always competitively priced and could be with you in just a couple of days. Have a read through the thumbnail sketches we have done for each book and start developing your new horizons today.

   Who Moved My Cheese?
Probably the most down to earth of the life changing books you will ever read! This thought provoking book is possibly less than an hour-long to read, straight through, but a story that will knock your conditioned values on their head! Whether we like it or not life moves on and things change. Fact. This book helps us identify our own attitudes to change and how we might try to change our behaviour to survive challenging times.
Dr Spencer Johnson
Vermillion

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   What Color Is Your Parachute?
Probably if not definitely the grand daddy of all career management best sellers. I have worked with Dick Bolles and experienced his remarkable approach to teaching. He tries doggedly to take the hard knocks out of our journey based upon year upon year of tested reason and insight. Not the number 1 bestseller without extremely good reasons. It may be written in purest Californian maple syrup but if you can wade through the language the prize is a lifelong rewarding career. Having spent two weeks 9 a.m. to 9p.m. on the Dick Bolles 'Life / Work Planning International Workshop' in 2000, I know this book can change your life!
Richard Nelson Bolles
Ten Speed Press

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   Creating A Successful CV
Simon and I met at a function for the first time and he seemed to take offence when I said that he wrote an awful lot older than he looked. He took it the wrong way and wrote about the instant in his Sunday Times Appointment section column the following week! Still, this book is beautifully simple and accessible to anyone requiring a crash course in effective CV writing, letter writing, using the Internet and skill search. Well the worth a fiver!
Simon Howard
Dorling Kindersley

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   The Coach
The author extols the virtues of having an coach via an enthralling novel and a captivating read it is too. The poor hero's life is in utter turmoil and he is convinced he is destined for the sack from his role as MD of 3 newly integrated pharmaceutical businesses. He learns to handle the crises of his life and his autocratic and aggressive American boss by applying new learnt insight into what makes the universe go around. Not just for job changers but for anyone who has lost their way.
Lee Bryce
Piatkus

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   Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions
Many job searchers regard this book as being the definitive preparation for that dreaded interview. Have a flick through and discover some of the most challenging questions and how you might cope with them. Well-presented and well thought out.
Martin John Yate
Financial Times

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   The "What Color Is Your Parachute?" Workbook
'The Workbook' is designed to compliment the famous 'What color is your parachute?' volume. It does make many of the exercises described in the main book more straightforward and more easily accessible. Plus it can be used as a retrospective reference in the future for career decision-making. Nice large format, which makes it practical and easy to use for all.
Richard Nelson Bolles
Ten Speed Press

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   Callings, Living the Authentic Life
Having witnessed an amazing days workshop when Gregg came to the UK in 2001 there is little doubt that he has created a special methodology to finding one's calling in life. It is a beautifully referenced book drawing from the depths of the author's experiences and is written in a passionate and sincere style. Not for those searching for quick-fixes, more for those prepared to dig deep and take the time over a very important decision.
Gregg Levoy
Three Rivers Press

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   Head Strong
Tony Buzan is a pioneer when it comes to making sense of how we rationalise and approach problem solving and assists us in understanding how our brains function and how we can get more out of our grey matter. Buzan is a great advocate of sound body sound brain and inspires us to look after the contents of our cranium and how to fine tune our thinking and learning by using the potent Mind Map.
Tony Buzan
Thorsons

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   The Skills of Encouragement, bringing the best out of yourself and others
This is one of those "just what is says on the tin" products. Written in quite gushing prose but an essential tool for those of in need of encouragement or needing to learn how to encourage others. It coaches the reader in ways of being courageous and facing daunting challenges with a refreshing perspective. If you have been made redundant or now somebody facing great challenge, this book could help.
Dr Don Dinkmeyer & Dr Lewis Losoney
St. Lucie

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   7 Habits of Highly Effective People
A very famous book by a very famous author. This is a textbook on how to become successful through the eyes of a man who has painstakingly observed successful people and meticulously identified the secret ingredients of success. A very involved read with huge rewards for those able to internalise the advice.
Stephen Covey
Pocket Books

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   The Optimum Nutrition Bible
In nearly 6 years and thousands on client contacts it never ceases to amaze how much more able to cope the healthy are in times of need and facing hardship. This book demystifies the complex issue of essential health through nutrition and brings a more vital and disease free existences within reach. Just knowing what to do with vitamins and cutting out all of hype about eating can make an enormous difference. We need our brains tuned up and this book can help. Facing redundancy can be a big enough challenge, if unhealthy, the cards are against you.
Patrick Holford
Piatkus

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   Barefoot Doctor's Urban Warrior
K.I.S.S. - Keep-it-simple-stupid! It is so important to remind ourselves that we need both feet firmly planted on the ground if we are to face life head-on. This author really doesn't wear shoes and his approach to life is dead straight without any airy-fairy ideas. Barefoot Doctor has both feet planted firmly on the ground! Be prepared to have your conditioned values and practices challenged and a wave of positive coping strategies for the 21st century on tap to replace them! New Century, new Doctor.
Patrick Holford
Piatkus

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   The Pathfinder
Possibly one of the most comprehensive and structured approaches to decoding what you are here for! A superbly well thought out book with exercise after exercise to help you make that all important career decision. Certainly not for the faint-hearted and not if you were made redundant today! For those considering a longer transition.
Nicholas Lore
Fireside / Simon & Schuster

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   The Trick to money is having some!
This book is an inspiration and will come as a surprise to people who want to make a lot of money. It is almost guaranteed to make you think differently about money but in a much more realistic way. There is a good chance you will be more motivated to make your own money with renewed determination once you have read this extraordinary book. He says "Poverty is restriction, and, as such, it is the greatest injustice you can perpetrate on yourself."
Stuart Wilde
Hay House

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   Introducing NLP
If you have never heard of Neuro Linguistic Programming it is about time you did. It is like living life in the 20th Century denying that the internal combustion engine was not a groundbreaking new invention! This is the technology of understanding how to modify behaviours and thinking processes with scientifically proven theory. Put NLP into your search engine and be awe struck by the claims made by NLP practitioners.
Joseph O'Connor & John Seymour
Thorson's

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   The Millennium Candidate
The best, most practical British-authored, self help career book on the market. Beautifully written and well thought out, this book will make a reliable companion to anyone looking to change career.Kathy Wilson sets out a coping strategy for the minefield of career transition. I bought this book because as I perused the index I came across incongruous words such as, anxiety, appearance, bullying, life-long learning, feelgood factor, feng shui, 'mushin', yoga and zen! The book is a feast of topics that tie into a beautiful methodology to face career transition and will appeal to those open-mined enough to import fresh thinking into their changing lives.

Element

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   Learned Optimism
Seligman is a cognitive psychologist who asked the question: what makes a person pick themselves up after rejection by a lover, or another keep going when their life's work comes to nothing? He found that the ability of some people to bounce back from apparent defeat is not, as we sentimentally like to say, a 'triumph of the human will'. Rather than having an inborn trait of greatness, such people have developed a way of explaining events that does not see defeat as permanent or affecting their basic value. Nor is this trait something that 'we either have or we don't'; optimism involves a set of skills that can be learned.
Martin Seligman
Pocket Books

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   Creating "You & Co.": Learn to Think...
2 books by the same author in a shortlist of the best available career strategy books! What more can I say? In this book Bridges really gets to grips with how the modern worker must be aware of their marketplace and themselves if they are to be truly successful in enjoying a satisfying career based upon the harsh facts of reality. Time has moved on from the golden post war years and Bridges helps the reader prepare for the now and, as importantly, the future trends of global employment. He was the first person I heard to announce the 'knowledge worker' and today we are surrounded by those making their livelihoods from, so called, knowledge. Again Bridges is ahead of his time in this book and if you are planning a career with your eye set on the future you ought to consider reading this invigorating book.
William Bridges
Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd

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   Jobshift: How to prosper in a workplace without jobs
Now William Bridges really is a management guru! He extrapolated the trends of nearly 20 years ago and forecast some of the fundamental and radical changes that would beset the 21st Century worker. "How to prosper in a workplace without jobs." We may need to thank William Bridges for describing the 'Portfolio worker', someone who has woven a tapestry of vocations into one fully functional method of balancing the bills, work and life. As a portfolio worker enjoying a unique sense of work / life balance, I for one, am very appreciative!
William Bridges
Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd

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   Career Anchors - Discovering your real values
Schein carried out a longitudinal studies whilst on the staff at the world renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.I.T., at the famous Alfred P. Sloan School of Management. He identified 8 career anchor categories based upon hundreds of interviews with people from all walks of life, across the age span: technical/functional competence, general managerial competence, autonomy/ independence, entrepreneurial creativity, sense of service / dedication to cause, pure challenge & finally lifestyle. These core career values and mindset come down to one thing a person would not give up if forced to make the choice. This book describes a very powerful method of career decision-making and can prove a tremendous tool in any committed career quest.
Edward H. Schein
Josey-Bass / Pfeiffer

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   How to stop worrying and start living
Anything by this author tends to have a tremendous pedigree. Dale Carnegie created an industry around his wise words and he still has Carnegie Coaches the world over. You will have the opportunity to absorb such wisdom as:"Remind yourself of the exorbitant price you can pay for worry in terms of your health. "Those who do not know how to fight worry die young." (!) Redundancy can be the most arduous and stress-causing time without the right mindset, prepare yourself to avoid the worst with a book as full of wisdom as this pearl.
Dale Carnegie
Vermillion

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   Get everything done - and still have time to play
Time is of the essence when running a successful career management campaign. The pressure is on! Especially if you have just been studying for exams, taken the long walk to your boss and been made redundant. When you have a spouse, family, lifestyle, financial responsibilities and a career to maintain the pressures can build like a pressure cooker and your well-being suffers dramatically. You need to be kind to yourself by managing your time effectively and his book has it all. There are some incredibly wise words here, such as, learning to say no to 'low value' activities. I wish I had read this book years before I did!
Mark Foster
Help Yourself

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   Getting your next job
Graham and I have worked on a number of large-scale outplacement projects and I am full of admiration for his pragmatic, no nonsense approach to career counselling. I have witnessed some of the most dramatic turnarounds in his clients fortunes based upon his dynamically straightforward style. He has been around the block a few times and this book can save you some knocks by incorporating Graham's wisdom into your jobsearch. Possibly the best guidance on CV writing and letter writing available! Money well spent in times of redundancy where common sense must be the best way forward. Great book!
Graham Till
Pathways

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   The Art of War
Written 2,300 years ago, few books have spanned the centuries with their relevance! This book was devised by a military dynasty in ancient Northern China based upon the collective wisdom of the greatest strategic minds of the day. It conceived of radical tactical perspectives such as attaining victory without going into battle. Wisdom indeed. Many great strategic gurus of the 20th & 21st Centuries still refer directly to the approaches to 'conflict' described in this phenomenal translation, whether it be for real warfare, in business or simply in everyday life. Full of gems of tested wisdom!
Sun Tzu
Shambhala Classics

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   Do what you are
There was an incredibly accurate 'forced choice' psychometric tool invented in 1938 by Katheryn Briggs & (daughter) Isabel Briggs-Myers. People have tried to refute the potency of the MBTI ever since and it has sustained great scrutiny. Have a look at the internet to see what I mean. This book is a very clever application of the MBTI to career development and career decision-making based upon an enhanced understanding of ourselves as a result of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Well worth a read for those serious about reducing the gamble in their career choice.
Paul D Teiger & Barbara Barron-Teiger
Little Brown and Company

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Audio Tapes
It has often occurred to me that when we are in transition we can be faced by huge amounts of stress and anxiety. Redundancy can be a disastrous event in our lives especially if we are the main bread-winner in our household. It can also be a time of sense of loss and loss of identity. Not knowing what we are to do in our future can be paralysing for young people too. So, whatever, your circumstances - stressful, excited about the new or just inquisitive, listening to a tape or a CD instead of reading can be incredibly easy when we just don't have the drive to read.

   AUDIO :: The Road less travelled and beyond
When first written this book was seen to be pious because of the author's theological stance. However, as an agnostic, I found this book stimulating due to the Peck's wise words, drawn from intellectual capital, combined with the intensity of his own narration. For some the constant theme of bias towards Western faith will be a deterrent but there is a message throughout which smacks of good old fashioned common sense. Sometimes we need to start with some good old fashioned common sense.
M. Scott Peck
Simon & Schuster Audio

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   AUDIO :: Emotional Intelligence
Increasingly IQ is playing second fiddle to EQ. Emotional Intelligence is increasingly seen to be a key factor in our potential for success. It can explain why people with high IQs flounder when peers with seemingly lower IQs excel. This different recipe for being bright includes such qualities as; enhanced self awareness, impulse control, persistence, zeal, empathy and social deftness. 'Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage intellect and ruin careers.' I loved this tape and found it far easier to digest in listening to rather than reading. Great development.
Daniel Goleman
Thorsons Audio

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   AUDIO :: Achieve your full potential
I liked this author because he reads his book and exudes and understanding, based upon his own experience, for how we can fritter our potential away if we are not careful. However Ian Seymour is also an inspiration because having been to the 'University of hard knocks' he was still capable of fulfilling his potential and becoming a success in his eyes. This is not rocket science and would make excellent listening for someone who has just had some hard knocks and may need to hear ways of raising their self esteem at the start of a career management campaign.
R. Ian Seymour
Simon & Schuster Audio

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   AUDIO :: NLP The New Technology of Achievement
If you have not heard of Neuro Linguistic Programming, then you are not alone. It is amazing that after 30 years this is not an accepted lay-term. NLP can be used for selling, it can be abused by philanderers (!) but mainly it is a super powerful tool for changing behaviour and enhancing the way we think about our interactions with the surrounding world. It covers how to build rapport, influencing others (not to be underestimated in a career strategy campaign), how to achieve the results you want and understanding the bare essentials of body language. Many of the world's greatest leaders are trained in NLP to great effect. You should try it!
Charles Faulkner, Robert McDonald, Tim Hallbom

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   AUDIO :: Awaken the Giant within
Love him or hate him everyone must acknowledge the accomplishments of Tony Robbins. He tells of his own personal journey from rags to flying his own helicopter to riches. He is physically a very large man and has a huge presence and attacks his world famous super seminars with stereotypical American gung-ho, go getting hype. He has thousands of committed disciples the world over and fills the National Exhibition Centre in England at least once a year. This dose of his unique brand of enthusiasm could be the tonic you need for your transition campaign and lends itself beautifully to the audio method of listening and reading.
Anthony Robbins
Simon & Schuster Audio

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   AUDIO :: The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Deepak Chopra offers a life-altering perspective on the attainment of success. According to this bestselling teacher, once we understand our true nature and learn to live in harmony with natural law, a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, energy and enthusiasm for life, and material abundance will spring forth easily and effortlessly. It is the nature of life for you to seek greater levels of success and fulfillment. Every level of achievement provides you the opportunity for new expressions of personal development and fulfillment. If you are fascinated by how the threads of your life are woven together and wish to consciously participate in the manifestations of your dreams, wishes and desires - then Chopra is a very good place to start.
Deepak Chopra

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Who Moved My Cheese?
Dr Spencer Johnson

What Color Is Your Parachute?
Richard Nelson Bolles

Creating a successful CV
Simon Howard

The Coach?
Lee Bryce


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