What are some "Good Reads" ??

As we enter 2018, I was wondering what HR and business books you're reading that others could enjoy?

Please reply and lets compile a list of books that you find valuable in your role and in moving your company forward.

Thanks !! - Steve

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  • The obvious answer here is HR on Purpose!!

    Other good reads are:

    The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman.  Mark and Michael Auzenne host the popular podcast Manager-Tools.  Great book.  Even available in Audible.  My personal favorite way to take advantage of my 90 minute commute (round trip.)

    Execution:  The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan.

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  • I would agree with Nicole. HR On Purpose was something that re-energized my desire to get back into the HR arena after feeling like being a caring person was a detriment to my career. 

    My good friend, Dr. Tracy Shroyer,  just wrote an awesome book called Managing Layoffs: Tips to Downsize with Dignity .  She used her work from her dissertation and turned it into engaging short stories and thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter. I don't think you have to be in the position of managing layoffs to get some good nuggets from the book.    
    Shameless plug: https://www.amazon.com/Managing-Layoffs-Tips-Downsize-Dignity/dp/197430809X

    Honestly, I think anything by Brene Brown is also great for anyone in a leadership role.  The more we engage in authentic ways and work to understand ourselves and others, the stronger teams we will build. 
    Titles: Daring Greatly, Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, and The Gift of Imperfection

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  • While one could throw stones at me for recommending a book that is not strictly a business or HR book, I am compelled to suggest Confessions of a Funeral Director: How the Business of Death Saved My Life.  Time magazine call this a "must read" and it will give insights into life and living. A wise man once said, "If you work with people, you're in HR!" I say if you're working with living people this is a GREAT book to read. 

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  • Although this may sound a bit self-promoting, my newest book is a must-have for anyone in a position (HR or otherwise) that works with people who are overly controlling or who need a lot of affirmation and approval.  It discusses the six challenges they face (and you face, since you have to work with them!) and what to do to work successfully with them.


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  • I recently finished Grit by Angela Duckworth and it was definitely worth my time. It makes a business case for tenacity over talent and has good storytelling in the process.

    One of my other absolute favorites over the last year was The Power of Habit by by Charles Duhigg. Fascinating. If you're looking for a summary, check out a blog I wrote about it here: http://www.exacthire.com/blog/workforce-management/7-steps-to-reform-your-companys-work-habits-and-effectiveness/

    Great topic, Steve !

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  • Dale Dwyer  - this looks excellent.  I just put it in my Amazon cart! :-) Thank you! 

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  • I’m very interested to know what you think of it! Feel free to write a review on Amazon once you finish it. Or write me directly: dale.dwyer@utoledo.edu

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  • "Widgets, the 12 new rules for managing your employee as if they’re real people" - Rodd Wagner
    "The Employee Experience Advantage" - Jacob Morgan

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  • Obviously I’m quite bias on this one, but my new HR and employee experience book. It’s called ‘A World of Good: Lessons in Improving the Employee Experience From Around the World’. It hit number 5 in the Amazon UK HR bestseller list just before Christmas and can be bought on Amazon all over the world. Www.aworldofgoodbook.com

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