adam alter technology

I bought a copy of Adam Alter’s book Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked from a library sale and quickly fell into an obsessed trance. Although I suspected as much, this book confirmed my worst fears: I’m addicted to my phone, and the tech companies planned it this […]

HR Books Review: The Jackass Whisperer

Have you ever been on an airplane with a screaming baby? Has your boss ever scheduled a Friday night team dinner but excluded partners and spouses? Did you ever stand behind someone in the express checkout lane who thinks 12-items-or-less is a suggestion and not a rule? Those people might be jackasses, including the baby. […]

Who else gets a little stressed when it comes to planning a get-together? Coordinating multiple personalities, finding a time and venue that works for everyone – there’s a lot that goes into hosting a gathering, whether for your family or a business function. But are we fixating on the right things when it comes to […]

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Have you ever wondered how professional athletes, academics, researchers or artists get so good? Malcolm Gladwell taught us you need to practice 10,000 hours to be an expert at anything in this world. Maybe that number is right. Perhaps it’s not. What do you think? In the new book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a […]

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HR Books Review: Stories that Stick

There’s a school of thought out there that HR needs to tell a better story about itself.  First, we should describe the value we bring. Then, we should highlight the HR professionals who do it. Next, we must demonstrate how we impact people’s lives with attention to specific detail. Finally, we must show how our […]

HR Books Review: The 9 Faces of HR

You’ve heard the buzzwords surrounding becoming a great HR leader. Get a seat at the table. Get strategic. Know the business. What does it really mean for HR pros in 2020 and beyond? Kris Dunn just wrote a new book called “The 9 Faces of HR: A Disruptor’s Guide to Mastering Innovation and Driving Real Change” […]

HR Books Review: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

HR Books Review: Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

I was given an advance copy of Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday. It’s a non-traditional HR book, which means it’s the best kind of book. I highly recommend it.

Welcome to the January 2019 #HRBookClub. Last year, my goal was to help you read 12 books in 12 months. It was a fun year where we learned a lot about how people consume information and share their ideas online. This year is different.

Our December #HRBookClub Pick is Awesome. I found a book called “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” by Jaron Lanier and fell in love.

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