Below are additional resources to help you continue on your development journey. These can be used by individuals, HR, corporate leaders, educators, and others.


These resources have been created from content in the book.

  1. A guide for HR to create a free professional development program at their organizations. The word doc outlines how to create a program at your organization and the excel sheet provides sample program schedules you can use or revise.

  2. Whether you're reading The Career Toolkit, one of the may other included books, blog, podcasts, or other resources, or your preferred source, Brain Bump can help you better retain and use what you're learning (and like everything on this page it's 100% free).

  3. Questions helpful for both individuals and HR to think through career planning.

  4. Questions for candidates and hiring managers to discuss during the interview process.

  5. A quick review of defining and hiring for a role.

  6. Everything you need to know to make the most of a conference, from networking to retaining information.

These next few resources links are unrelated to the book but provided for other work I do, but the rest of the page is for book related links.

  1. This is not related to the my books but as I do teach entreprenurship I often share my Excel budgeting template. You can download it here.

Personality assessment tools

Here are the five tools mentioned in the book with links to more information about them. Searching the web you can find additional tools as well.

  1. MBTI
    (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
  2. FFM / OCEAN
    (Five Factor Model)
  3. HBDI
    (Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument)
  4. BASIS
    (Business and Attitude Styles Information System)

References in The Career Toolkit

Links to books and people mentioned in The Career Toolkit. After reading The Career Toolkit you can continue to focus on a specific area using one of the books below.


  1. Career Plan

    For anyone considering a PhD in science or engineering this book is a must read. It looks at some of the skills mentioned in The Career Toolkit but from the perspective of someone working in a research field.

  2. Career Plan

    How to build your personal brand (Communication) and align it to your career plan.

  3. Working Effectively

    The best material I've read on office politics.

  4. Interviewing

    This is the definitive guide to campus recruiting. Any business can out recruiter the big names using this guide.

  5. Management: People

    Hands down the best management book I've ever read.

  6. Mythical Man-Month
    by Fred Brooks
    Management: People

    A classic book on project management. While software oriented (and some content is dated to older technology) other lessons are not just classic, they defined the concept.

  7. Management: People

    A good book on thinking through reward systems and employee motivation

  8. Management: Process

    Norm trailblazed the modern retrospective. This book provides a comphrensive plan for even the most complex projects.

  9. Communication

    Written like a Malcom Gladwell book, Olivia opened my eyes to learning that charisma is skill that can be learned, no different than golf or accounting. These lessons help you personally and professionally.

  10. Networking

    Reading this book opened my eyes to networking being not just an action, but a mindset.

  11. Networking

    A fun read about relationship building full of colorful anecdotes.

  12. Negotiation

    The classic negotiation book. This is a great first read as it gives a philosophical underpinning to how to negotiation.

  13. Negotiation

    This book provides practical, clear cut negotiation advice and memorable anecdotes.

  14. Negotiation

    Larry is a world class negotiation professor and his books are easy to read and helpful to understanding negotiations.

  15. Negotiation

    This book gives great advice from a top practitioner.

  16. Other

    A Georgetown professor, Deborah has done fantastic research over the years on communication across genders, age and other divides.

  17. Other

    Eric defined the open source moment with the articles in this book.

  18. Other

    A modern take on the 80/20 rule.

Recommended Books

I’m often asked for book recommendations. These books were not referenced in The Career Toolkit but I have found them useful and recommend them to curious readers.

  1. Negotiation

    When you're ready for advanced negotiations, this book lays it out in a practical way.

  2. Loonshots
    by Safi Bahcall

    Safi's insights are fascinating to read.

  3. The Ropes to Skip and The Ropes to Know
    by Ritti, Levy, & Tocher
    Working Effectively

    This classic book is written as a fun, easy to read series of vignettes illustrating corporate culture and politics.

  4. Other

    An easy read on organization structures.

  5. Other

    Geoffrey defined tech marketing.

  6. Other

    The first of his many best selling books.

  7. The Fifth Discipline
    by Peter Senge

    A non-technical introduction to system dynamics in the workplace.

  8. Freakanomics
    by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt

    A fun read to think about things in a new way.

  9. Other

    A (non-technical) history of risk. Helpful for those who want to think better about risk.

  10. Other

    A good introduction to how to think like a salesperson for people who don't find selling natural.

  11. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
    by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

    A fun introduction to the concepts of choice architecture.

  12. The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us
    by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons

    An entertaining read about decision making.

  13. Other

    Omari and Scott have a created a must-read guide for anyone applying to a top business school. It teaches you how to package your application in the best way possible.

  14. The Art of Community
    by Charles Vogl

    Simple but powerful. An important read for anyone building a community (including a community that is their company or organization). This book is a quick read and important for anyone building anything more than a formal team.

  15. Your Brain at Work
    by David Rock

    This book looks at distractions, pressure, being overwhelmed, hostile co-workers, uncertainty and other daily challenges, describing how your brain reacts to them and what to do to be effective under those circumstances.

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