Professional Development

Professional Development Assignment

As you go throughout your professional life, even long after college is a distant memory, you will find it necessary to remain up to date in your chosen field. This is mostly accomplished via professional development (PD's) or continuing education units (CEU's), depending on your career choice. In both the Business and Technology fields it is extremely important to keep up with changes in the fields.

To highlight this importance we are going to read at least 4 business or technology-related books in each year of Business and Technology Classes, additionally, we will be writing a report on each of the books and present our findings to the class in an effort to share our learning with each other.

These PD books and their related assignments will count as your Project grade in the class, this is worth 20% of your overall grade, they are very important to complete.


Downloadable PDF Books for you!
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
The Millionaire's Brain by Winter and Alvin
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The art of getting money by PT Barnum
 The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
 Who Moved my Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson


Pre-Approved Reading List

  1. Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen

  2. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great, by Jim Collins

  3. Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, by David D. Friedman

  4. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, by Jane McGonagall

  5. How to Live Through and Executive, by L. Ron Hubbard

  6. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives, by Steven Levy
  7. Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell

  8. Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath

  9. The Little Big Things: You, by Tom Peters

  10. The Change Book, by Tricia Emerson

  11. EntreLeadership, by Dave Ramsey

  12. Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, by Jon Acuff

  13. The One Minute Manager, by Kenneth H. Blanchard & Spencer Johnson

  14. Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader's Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce, by Eric Chester

  15. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey

  16. It Starts with One, by J. Stewart Black & Hal Gregersen

  17. The Extraordinary Leader, by Jack Zenger

  18. The Speed of Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey

  19. Smart Trust, by Stephen M.R. Covey

  20. StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

  21. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

  22. The New Digital Age, by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen

  23. Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work, by Jacqueline Whitmore

  24. Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know, by John C. Maxwell

  25. Attitude 101, by John C. Maxwell

  26. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg

  27. The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, by James M. Kouzes

  28. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success, by Jeff Olson

  29. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz

  30. Trump: The Art of the Deal, by Donald J. Trump

  31. Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life, by Donald J. Trump

  32. The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, by Mel Robbins

  33. The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandino

  34. Real leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose, by John Addison


Of course, there are many, many more good books by such authors as Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Chris Widener, Paul Zane Pillar, Jim Rohn, Robert Kiyosaki, Connie Podesta, Evelyn D. Watkins, Brian Tracy, Jennifer Colosimo, Les Brown and many more that I haven’t space to mention…

If you want to choose a business book, not on this list, please bring it to me for approval first.