the career manifesto


An action-oriented guide to help anyone find their calling and achieve their goals.



The Career Manifesto (TarcherPerigree, 2018) is a " motivating and action-oriented guide" (Publishers Weekly) to creating an extraordinary career and meaningful life.  Based on more than a decade of study and practice, The Career Manifesto offers actionable steps to becoming more purposeful, productive, and effective in all areas of your work. 

The book presents an inspiring and refreshingly simple approach to finding your passion and purpose and then jumpstarting a dream career to achieve those, by asking three essential questions:

  •  What do you want your impact to be? 
  • What are the potential pathways that move you toward your purpose? 
  • How can you hold yourself accountable for your goals? 

Wrote Publisher’s Weekly:  "Steib taps into the frustration overachievers feel when their career trajectories fall short in this motivating and action-oriented guide...with easily applicable and customizable advice aplenty."

Mike is a nationally-recognized expert on careers and success who has been featured numerous times on NBC's Today Show and in publications ranging from Entrepreneur to Fortune.  The CEO of XO Group and sought-after speaker, Mike draws on his own diverse work experience and career highlights as well as powerful anecdotes from other successful business leaders to offer expert guidance, field-tested advice, and interactive exercises that will help you answer these three key questions, envision a goal and then craft and execute a plan to achieve it. For young professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives seeking more purpose and meaning in their work and lives, The Career Manifesto is the essential way to build--and follow through on--an effective plan to excel at whatever job, project or career goal you put your mind to.

The author's profits all go to the family education nonprofit Literacy Partners.

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Praise for The Career Manifesto

This motivating and action-oriented guide…lays out a sound and logical approach, with easily applicable and customizable advice aplenty.
— Publishers Weekly
As someone long dedicated to professional success and satisfaction, I cannot overstate how valuable The Career Manifesto will be in the canon of career guidance.  Mike Steib has synthesized key principles of performance, effectiveness, and productivity into a pragmatic, user-friendly and actionable book that will accelerate every reader’s success.
— James M. Citrin, Leader, Spencer Stuart and author of The Career Playbook: Essential Advice to Today’s Aspiring Young Professional
Drawing on his experience as a successful business leader and mentor, Mike Steib offers invaluable advice to help find your professional calling. If you dream of a career that is meaningful and rewarding, The Career Manifesto is the book that you should read right now.
— David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications 
As a participant in and witness to Mike’s wonderful evolution, I testify wholeheartedly to both the wisdom and actionability of the lessons in The Career Manifesto.
— David Bell, Chairman, Gyro and former CEO, Interpublic Group
The Career Manifesto is an easy to implement, step-by-step guide to help you succeed in business and in life. From handling stress to managing complex projects and potentially confrontational meetings, Mike has practical, simple, revolutionary tips and tricks that work. I’ve sought advice from him on my own career, so I’ve seen him action — he’s the master!
— Alina Cho, editor and journalist, host of The Atelier with Alina Cho at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
For years, I have referred friends and colleagues to Mike’s Career Manifesto; it’s an indispensable roadmap to identifying your north star, accomplishing more, and finding deep meaning in your career and life.  Mike also offers valuable and practical suggestions for staying productive and focused in an always-on world.
— Chris O'Neill, CEO, Evernote
As an entrepreneur, time is my most precious resource. The Career Manifesto’s recipe for maximizing your energy, productivity, and hours in the day is life changing. Everyone with big goals needs to read this book!
— Amy Jain, Founder and CEO, BaubleBar
Mike is one of the most effective business leaders I have ever met.  He drives phenomenal results because he can attract and inspire teams to do more than they ever thought possible.  What makes this book especially brilliant is that he has studied and thought deeply about how to help people realize their full potential and written not just a theoretical opinion piece, but a practical guide to doing this in a way that will enable others to feel what his teams have experienced: a way forward to a more fulfilling life.
— Lexi Reese, COO, Gusto
Mike never fails to inspire those around him with his passion, humor, and keen insights. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to make an impact on the world.
— Joe Carlon, CEO, Pain Doctor, Inc.
Not only has The Career Manifesto helped me dream big about my life and my career, but it also provided a step by step guide to help me get there.  I find myself turning back to it again and again, and I share it with anyone I know who is working through developing their career and their life.
— John Saroff, CEO, Chartbeat
How many sleepless nights have you woken up and wished that you had a confidant and friend to help guide you through complex career issues and provide clear step by step approaches on your pathway to success? Mike Steib is that guy and his Career Manifesto should be in every executive’s briefcase and on his nightstand. The Career Manifesto, like common sense, is timeless.
— Jeffrey Sharp, CEO, Sharp Independent Pictures, and award-winning producer of Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count on Me, and The Yellow Birds
Over the years, I’ve shared Mike’s original Career Manifesto with hundreds of employees. The book asks big questions and provides practical examples of how to move forward toward your goals.  If you are someone who strives to be at the top of your profession and wish you had a cohesive approach to getting there, this book is written for you.
— Matt Derella, VP of Global Revenue and Operations, Twitter
This book is filled with real and useful tools, hacks and insights to help even the most seasoned executive do more of the things that matter and get more done in less time.  Mike’s writing is fun and BS-free! His chapters on career and life planning offer simple approaches to making big decisions. And the sections on networking, cooperating in teams, and influencing others are gold. Read this book!
— Michael Maslansky, CEO, maslansky + partners and author of The Language of Trust 
Mike has long been a sought after mentor and revered manager, and for obvious reason: his practical, inspirational, no-nonsense advice works. This is the book that I will give to all of the motivated professionals that come through my door with questions about how to achieve their career, and life, aspirations.
— Jesse Haines, Director of Marketing, Google