Career Advice for Business Today

"This is not your parents' business world. It's not even your older sister's business world. The recent recession has toppled and transformed our ideas about just about everything."

With these first 3 lines of her introduction, Alexandra Levit firmly sets the stage for the next 249 pages of career advice that follows.

Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path Success is not your typical you-can-do-anything-if-you-work-hard-enough type of advice. Alexandra flips that advice on it's heels and debunks many of the myths so prevalent in the conversation today.

Destined to be an overnight success? Find comfort in the fact that being good at your job trumps everything? Know that if you do what you love the money will follow?

Then this book is for you.

Alexandra tells her story through research, relevant cases studies and real-life experiences of everyday people like us (hint: see page 174). It's easy to poke holes in another person's arguments or to find the fault in another person's thinking and this is where too many people stop. But not Alexandra.

Chapter by chapter, she explains why each of the 10 myths is just that - only a myth, what the current reality is and what you can to now get back on the path to success She ends each chapter with a "myth buster summary" that sums it all up in a few bullets.

Thinking you have this current reality career stuff down and see no need to take a look? I challenge you to scan the myths and see what jumps out at you.

I'd find it hard to believe that there is anyone who would not gain a tip or two or a new perspective on an issue from this book - either for themselves or to share with another. If you are a mentor, coach, sponsor or in a position or role where you listen to, advise and guide others along their individual paths to success, consider this a valuable resource to add to you toolbox.

Classy Career Girl

Do you know a classy career girl? I do. Her name is Anna Runyan and she writes a blog that helps young professionals navigate the corporate ladder called Classy Career Girl.

Anna's mission? To help you become happy, successful and balanced in your work and life while demonstrating class, skill and integrity. You will not find the same old career advice on her site that you can find on millions of other websites. Instead, Classy career Girl shares REAL stories of actual young professional and successful career girls in the REAL world.

Very cool.

Anna answers questions from her readers each week. She approached my with an opportunity to answer a recent question from one of her readers. One glance at her site and I couldn't pass this up.

The question was Should I Disclose My Health Problems at Work? and you'll have to click on over to find out my answer.

Enjoy the site.