I’ll start the discussion to get us kicked off. My absolute favorite book on personal branding is “Career Warfare: 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand and Fighting To Keep It.” by David D’Alessandro.
I read this book right before I went back to school to get my MBA and it absolutely pumped me about about going into the business world. I try to read it a couple of times a year just to keep reminding myself of the tidbits I acquired from the book. My favorit chapters include:
Rule 1: Try to look beyond your own navel
Rule 2: Like it or not, your boss is the co-author of your brand
Rule 7: Make the right enemies
Rule 9: The higher you fly, the more you will be shot at
D’Alessandro does an amazing job with this book, creating tons of “light bulb” moments (as one reviewer describes them). His casual writing style actually makes you feel like some war-torn veteran is just spouting off wisdom for you to collect and act on. I really enjoyed the writing style, and found the content extremely valuable. I will continue to read this book 1-2 times a year going forward. I would love to hear what your favorite personal branding books are, I am hoping that we can all gain some value from this discussion. I hope that helps. Good luck out there!
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