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Reading Can “Pay” Off in 2011!

It’s true that 40-45% of American adults make a New Year’s Resolution.  Among this group, a popular resolution is to read more career-enhancing literature.  Here at High Profile, we are avid readers—reading a book each quarter and reviewing it together.

During 2011, we will continue this practice and we’d like for you to join!  We are giving away three Barnes and Noble Gift Cards to help in your efforts to read more.  Read further to find out the details!

To help you kick-start 2011, we have put together five great reads to help with your career advancement.  Here are our top five picks:

Secret Service: An award-winning salon owner and expert marketer pass along the concepts and practices that create loyal repeat customers in any business.  It incorporates the importance of having superb “front line” people, making each visit “an experience,” going deeper with existing customers, developing strong corporate culture, and establishing face-to-face relationships.

The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:

Level 5 Leaders: The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness.

The Hedgehog Concept (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence.

A Culture of Discipline: When you combine a culture of discipline with the ethics of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results.

Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology.

The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.

In The Servant Leader, top-selling author and former Fortune 500 executive and business consultant James A. Autry shows you how to remain true to the servant leadership model when handling day-to-day and long-term management situations. You’ll learn how to manage with respect and honesty and how to empower employees to achieve new levels of satisfaction. Plus, you’ll learn why servant leadership can be the guiding light to becoming the kind of leader and person you want to be.

Thank God It’s Monday! is about loving what you’re doing and creating massive results. Roxanne Emmerich introduces you to two CEOs: one desperately struggling to stay afloat and another who’s discovered a better route to growth and profitability. As you join them both on their journey, you’ll gain valuable insights for jumpstarting positive change from anywhere in the organization…replacing dysfunctional organizational behaviors with passion and creativity…overcoming setbacks…making vision and values actually work!

Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, Chair of the Gallup International Research & Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build those talents into strengths, and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of this book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder® Profile, which is the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations, and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. In developing this program, Gallup has conducted psychological profiles with more than two million individuals to help readers learn how to focus and perfect these themes.

In addition to the knowledge gained from these reads, we’d like to reward THREE lucky winners with Barnes and Noble Gift Cards to help others continue reading in 2011!

Comment on our blog below by telling us about how a career advancement book has helped you and you could have the opportunity to win a Barnes and Noble Gift Card!

We’re giving away THREE Gift Cards valued at $75, $50, and $25! Comment below beginning on Monday 1/10/11 through Friday 1/14/11 by noon.  Winners will be announced on Facebook Friday afternoon!