July 26, 2016

Author: Joanne Pollock

Sunglasses with Book at the Beach. SMR Suggests Three Books to Read Before Your Start Your Fall Job Search.

Summer has officially been underway for a couple of months now. Have you already cut a wide path through your beach books, or are you still on the lookout for an interesting read? Here are three books you can still fit in before the end of summer. They are useful ones to page through if you are planning to start a job search in the Fall, and equally valuable if you are a security manager looking to build out your department before year’s end.


Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

by Amy Cuddy
Little, Brown and Company; Hachette Book Group
ISBN 978-0-316-25657-7

Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy brings to book form what followers of her TED Talks already know: body language can change people’s perceptions of who we are, and affect the outcome of a situation.

Long a staple in the toolkit of investigators, nonverbal behavior offers cues to employers interviewing potential new hires – and to candidates who are assessing whether or not they will be successful working with the people who are interviewing them. This book takes a look at the science underlying body-mind effects and encourages the reader to take on daunting challenges with confidence. The perfect book to read before you take on your Fall job search!

To learn more from Amy Cuddy, view her TED speaker bio and link to her TED Talks


The Golden Rules: 10 Steps to World-Class Excellence in Your Life and Work
by Bob Bowman with Charles Butler
St. Martin’s Press
ISBN 978-1-250-05950-5

If you are a fan of competitive swimming, you will most certainly be tuned into the coverage of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro later this summer. You’ll likely see Michael Phelps who swims for the USA, and who is arguably one of the most disciplined and motivated competitors to ever participate in the games.

Bob Bowman successfully coached Olympic Swimmers for years. The Golden Rules, with a forward by Michael Phelps, focuses on ten concepts Bowman believes can help people achieve their goals in all areas of life. A motivational book to help you set your Fall career goals - and achieve them.


The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues
by Patrick M. Lencioni
Jossey-Bass
ISBN 978-1-119-20959-1

One of SMR’s roles as an executive recruitment company is to work with our clients to clearly define exactly what they want – and need – in a new security executive. However, we often hear stories from companies that have hired someone because they were desperate to fill a role, and the candidate they hired was the best choice out of a limited field available to them at the time.

The Ideal Team Player presents what consultant Patrick Lencioni terms the “three essential virtues”. He contends that keeping these in mind when interviewing potential team players may help avoid the regret executives often feel when they realize they’ve made the wrong hire.

Find time in your summer to enjoy one of the books mentioned, then sign up to learn more about what SMR has in store for its Fall reading lineup.