Mentees and Mentors Must-Read Book Lists

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

We asked mentees and mentors what books most influenced their careers, which they give or lend most, and what they are currently reading.

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Get Writing and Recapture Your Free Time with How to Write a Lot

Rebecca Helton, MA

Do you find your grant-writing intruding on time you’d rather spend with your family?  Did revisions to that last journal article ruin your vacation?  Then this book might be just the thing you need. Author Paul Silvia wanted to call How to Write a Lot  “How to Write More Productively During the Normal Work Week With […]

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You're Never Going to Bounce Back, So Stop Trying: Academic Version

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

I’m in midst of a fantastic read by Navy Seal Eric Greitens called Resilience. If you want your philosophy in the form of a solid gut punch from someone who is trained to kill you about 300 different ways, this is the book for you. Early on in the book, Greitens warns against trying to bounce back […]

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Like It Or Not, You're a Negotiator: Getting To Yes

The Edge for Scholars

“Like it or not, you are a negotiator,” state Harvard Negotiation Project faculty Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton in the introduction to this clear and concise guide to negotiating on principle rather than position.  This book will help you navigate all the negotiations in your life, from hiring lab staff to deciding where […]

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Lessons in Leadership: Why You Should Read Colin Powell's It Worked For Me

The Edge for Scholars

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell offers leadership advice through storytelling in this collection of anecdotes and true tales.  Each short chapter derives a lesson from an incident encountered in his military and political service, and occasionally from private life.  Often chatty and rarely preachy, the text is as enjoyable as it is informative. An […]

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Academic Reads: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

New York Times best selling author Mark Manson has some helpful advice for young academics. Brace yourself for a hilarious and swear ridden read about how to prioritize your life.

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Why You Should Read Drive

Rebecca Helton, MA

While it isn’t a quick fix, this is the book for anyone wanting to learn—or remind themselves—what really drives us all, so that with even a few tweaks, work can become more fulfilling, successful, and even fun.

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A Quick Fix for Death by Powerpoint

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

The funny thing about this Death by Powerpoint condition is that while everyone has experienced this as an audience member, no one is guilty of giving a terrible presentation. Which makes for some interesting math. Who are these terrible presenters?

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Brene Brown Offers Academics A Thoughtful Way To Do a Reboot

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Academic Amazon Wish List Alert: Put a Brene Brown Book on Your Favorite Faculty's Reading List

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Prevent the Email Faux Pas That Gets You Fired: Read Send

Rebecca Helton, MA

Did you know that signing an email with “Sincerely” instead of “Best regards” can irrevocably alter your relationship with a colleague?  Or that “please” and “thank you” can be anything but polite? Although it’s now almost five years old, Send remains an invaluable guide to emailing appropriately to staff, superiors, friends and relatives.  Oh, and […]

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