Archive for February 2018

HR Book Club Chat: February 2018

Hey, everybody. The #HRBookClub is a work in progress, and we are testing different ways to include people in our discussions about books. We’ll be meeting on February 28th at 2:00 PM ET / 11 AM PT on Twitter for our book club chat. We’ll discuss the following questions. Q1. Did you read #YearofYes or…

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You Can Self-Publish a Book on Amazon

Did you know that you could self-publish a book on Amazon? Shauna Williams did. She’s a headhunter who wrote a book called “Secrets of a Corporate Recruiter” and followed Amazon’s self-publishing guidelines. I’m always impressed when people take a risk and share their ideas. Shauna is passionate about helping people find meaningful work, and she…

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HR Books Review: ‘Year of Yes’

I chose “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person” by Shonda Rhimes as the #HRBookClub selection for February because you are hurting your career by saying no. Don’t believe me? Tim Sackett writes, “HR pros lose credibility faster than anyone else because we are known…

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Why Self-Help Books Don’t Help HR

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The difference between HR books and self-help books is blurry. Authors and business writers think HR professionals are psychologists and guidance counselors for the workforce. If you believe the hype, HR business partners and talent acquisition leaders are coaches, teachers, and advisors for the corporate soul.  It’s not true. Statistically, more of you are liberal…

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HR Books Review: ‘Radical Candor’

I first heard of “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” while reading the First Round website.  If you’re not reading First Round, head over there and sign up for the newsletter. There is no better destination for leadership content and practical management advice on the web. Who is Kim Scott? Kim…

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HR Books Review: ‘Superconnector’

My friend Ryan Paugh just co-wrote a book called “Superconnector: Stop Networking and Start Building Business Relationships That Matter.” It doesn’t matter how many connections you have on LinkedIn or how many business cards you collect if nobody knows your character or purpose. Ryan and his collaborator, Scott Gerber, offer a new model for networking…

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HR Books Review: “Recruit Rockstars”

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It’s hard to imagine a world where people wake up and think, “You know what I want to do, today? I want to hire a loser.” Unfortunately, hiring is a coin toss unless you invest your time and money in systems and algorithms to remove bias and test for competencies and aptitude. Want to hire…

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HR Books Review: ‘HR on Purpose’

There’s only one HR book on the market that speaks to human resources practitioners, and it’s “HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion” by Steve Browne. If you haven’t read it, stop what you’re doing and get your hands on a copy. Steve Browne is the executive director of HR at the pizza brand LaRosa’s,…

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