Want a simple way to:

  • become smarter and more interesting?
  • strengthen your business skills?
  • amp up your marketability?

Read more books!

You probably already read a ton: newspapers, food & beverage industry journals, sales reports, memos, blog posts and more. There’s a big difference, however, between reading reactively (i.e., gaining superficial information from sources that come to you) and proactively (i.e., seeking out great sources of provocative, stimulating, in-depth information).

Reading the right books can make you a better leader – and a hotter contender for that new job, raise or promotion. But you need to be smart about how you invest your reading time. So we’ve done the research for you!

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Here are a few of Kinsa’s top picks to add to your reading list:

Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff

This manual will help you remake your career at any stage of your life, by reinventing yourself and your ability to add value to a food & beverage organization.

Serial Winner: 5 Actions to Create Your Cycle of Success by Larry Weidel

According to Weidel, lasting success stems from five actions you can apply to your job search or your career: 1. Moving forward when you feel stuck. 2. Crushing early doubts to give yourself the best shot at success. 3. Overcoming obstacles to win anyway. 4. Maintaining mental toughness until you cross the finish line. 5. Avoiding the “winner’s trap” and using the momentum of each win to achieve the next.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success by Dale Carnegie

This 1937 sensation has sold 15 million copies for a reason: it’s based on a fundamental understanding of human nature. Some say it’s still remarkably relevant; others say to read with caution. Whichever position you take up, do you really want to be the only one in the room who hasn’t read this classic?

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen

Every manager and leader must tackle tough talks head-on. It’s a part of success in any industry. In this book, the authors provide a framework for navigating confrontations from start to finish, teaching you how to stay in control, remain mentally present and apply productive problem-solving skills.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

This ancient Chinese military manual, written in the fifth century B.C., has been called “the most useful and important book ever written for aspiring leaders.” The slender volume, which offers strategic principles for efficient combat in any field, is surprisingly applicable in the modern business world. Read it and you will surely learn smart strategies for your food & beverage career or job search.

Read any interesting, informative, career-building books lately?

Add your pick as a comment below. And if you’re looking for other ways to increase your marketability as an executive or professional food & beverage candidate, trust your search to Kinsa. Leaders in executive food & beverage recruitment, we’ll streamline your job search – and help you find your ideal position.

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