Indeed, taking a week to attend a seminar, particularly an out-of-town seminar, is tough, especially while you're trying to balance 12 top-priority projects, manage a staff and maintain some semblance of a home life. In the past year or so, as I've settled into my new job in a new city, with a new baby, a new house and countless cartons still waiting to be unpacked, I've found it virtually impossible to set aside time, even for online courses.
Pick Up a Book
But when it comes to learning, if you're not going up, you're going down, regardless of profession. This is where that most asynchronous of learning tools, the book, comes in handy.
Yes, folks, they may seem antiquated, but books are still a prime source of excellent IT and management resource material. What's more, you can use them anytime, anywhere--just add light, and maybe a pair of reading glasses.
So, with the back-to-school spirit in the air, I give you my three top literary picks for the term ahead, based on my review of recommendations from peers and publishers, and my own bedtime reading.