HR Books April 2018 picks: HR leadership books

April #HRBookClub Recommendations

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#HRBookClub for April 2018

HR Books is proud to recommend two books for April 2018 focused on leadership. When you think about it, the human resources department’s number one job is to create and support leaders who make sound decisions for employees. If we don’t have domain expertise in leadership, we have nothing.

So, the first is “HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion” by Steve Browne. The second book is “Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need” by Todd Henry. Both books will set you on a course for transformation in your organization, and the authors will help you solve problems and be of service to your leadership team and your entire workforce.

Why Steve Browne and Todd Henry?

Why am I recommending Steve Browne and Todd Henry as the authors of the month? Well, Steve is a noted speaker and leader in the HR industry. With over 25 years of experience in HR, he’s at the pinnacle of his career. Steve sits on the board of directors at SHRM, and he holds an executive position with LaRosa’s Pizza in Cincinnati. Want to be the change in your company? Learn from Steve.

Todd Henry has one of the best biographies in the game. “I write books, speak internationally on creativity, leadership, productivity, and passion for work, and help people and teams generate brilliant ideas. In short, I’m an arms dealer for the creative revolution.”

If you want to jumpstart your personal development and get ready for the 2018 Annual SHRM Conference & Exposition in Chicago, these are your thought leaders. I can’t think of two better books to position you for success at that critical event.

Read One of These Books

Join me in April and read one or both books. Hate these selections? Prefer to read something different? Go for it! I don’t care as long as you try to read one book a month. If you break down the math, that’s about 20 pages each day, or 20 to 30 minutes.

Don’t have time to read? Do you learn a different way? Try an audiobook! Turn off the local news and listen to something that makes you smarter while you drive home from work or cook dinner.

And join me towards the end of April when Steve and I will chat online about “HR on Purpose” for the monthly meeting of the #HRBookClub. Dates and times to be announced.

I think books can change your life. You can read one book a month. I believe in you, and the future of HR depends on you. No pressure, but either suggestion above will set you apart from the pack.

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