Archive for March 2018

HR Books Review: ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

God forbid you’re a young mother diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. What would you do? Kate Bowler, a professor at the school of divinity at Duke, was diagnosed with colon cancer when she was thirty-five years old. Two years later, she wrote a book called “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve…

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The Talent Fix

the talent fix

Note from Laurie: Tim Sackett is a human resources executive and world’s foremost expert on workplace hugging. In his new book, “The Talent Fix,” coming out in May 2018, Tim tackles the age-old problem of how to recruit great talent. Here are his thoughts on what “The Talent Fix” is all about. The biggest problems…

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HR Books Review: ‘The New Rules of Work’

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There are old rules and new rules of work. The new rules lead you to a more fulfilling career and a more satisfying career trajectory. The old rules bog you down and keep you from realizing your full potential. That’s the belief behind the book “The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating…

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HR Books Review: ‘Cork Dork’

Cork Dork review

I hate book reviews that don’t tell you whether the book is any good. I read “Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste” because it was on the NPR best books list for 2017. I liked it. Why ‘Cork Dork’…

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SHRM Books: Notable Speakers at the 2018 Conference

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The 2018 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition is right around the corner. While it’s taking place in my original hometown of Chicago, I’m not attending due to a scheduling conflict. I’m bummed to miss it, but I am working in Dublin. Who is Keynoting? Malala Yousafzai was scheduled to be there, too, but canceled her…

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Why I Stopped Reading Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich is the grandfather of the HR industry. His books are the gold standard of human resources excellence. But if I were a student pursuing a degree in business and people management, several other authors have more relevant and compelling ideas. I wouldn’t read Dave Ulrich. Who Else Is There? I would start with…

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The Best Business Podcasts

If you’re a fan of this website, you know I’m a sucker for my friends. Luckily, my personal network is full of innovative and creative people who knock it out of the park. Jennifer McClure is a human resources legend. She launched a new podcast called Impact Makers. Jennifer is chatting with artists, thinkers and…

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Gerry Crispin’s Favorite HR Books

I asked my friend Gerry Crispin, the co-founder of CareerXroads and a lifelong student of HR and recruiting, to share his recommendations for inspirational HR books. He told me, “I have a huge library. I buy at least four books a month. Here are a few recent ones that inspire me to think.” The first…

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Three Networking Books You Need to Read

Last month, I recommended the book “Superconnector” to help you learn how to network. This month, I have a few more tools to help you develop and cultivate better professional relationships. The first book is “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Susan Cain is a frequent speaker at many…

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HR Books Review: ‘Feminist Fight Club’

Stop what you’re doing and go read “Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace” by Jessica Bennett. I know you’re busy, but this book is a quick read and full of timely advice for building up your confidence and overcoming toxic work environments. Dudes Will Love It, Too Bennet anchors the…

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