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I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well.
I recently presented a few sessions on a “SQL Cruise” to Alaska (more on that here) and one of those sessions was on professional development. As part of that, I had everyone do some exercises on career building, and we created some deliverables we would be accountable to each other on. After all, one of my favorite business quotes (my version, others have said something similar) is:
What gets measured gets done.
One of the deliverables was to establish our career goal(s) for the next year, and then come up with a list of 12 books that would help us get there. We promised to read one book per month, and report back on our blogs a review of the book and how it applies to the career. So in no particular order, here is my list – I’m telling you all, so call me on it if I don’t post a review on one of them. I reserve the right to change my list as I learn more, but 12 books is the rule:
As part of keeping each other accountable, I hereby tag a few of my fellow travellers – and you, of course, are invited to play along. Link back to this blog post and put your link in the comments below if you want us to follow your journey:
I like the choices. Do you read them according to subject topic, or randomly?
My list is up as well, devnambi.com/.../a-good-book-has-no-ending .
Useful choices - some thought provoking titles.
Mine are on: www.sqlserver-dba.com/.../professional-development-and-soft-skills-training-books-for-the-sql-server-dba.html
Dev - I'm reading these in various orders. To be honest, since I'm a big Pulic Library fan, I'm reading the ones I can get at the time from there first. I'm starting with the Windows Azure one, since I need some info from it anyway.