Posts by Laurie Ruettimann

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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The Worst HR Book of 2017

The worst HR book of 2017 is “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson. The more time I spend reflecting on this book, the more I hate it. Great Books Have Remarkable Titles Let’s start with the title, which isn’t fantastic. I know…

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February #HRBookClub Recommendations

Welcome to the February edition of #HRBookClub. It is African-American History Month, and we’ll be reading two books geared towards the HR community. Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chooses a specific theme for the month. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World…

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The Best HR Book of 2017

There are many nominees for the best HR books of 2017 but only one winner. The best HR book of the year is “Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is Wrong” by Eric Barker. Motivational Advice Is Everywhere You may know Barker’s work from Time magazine.…

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HR Books Review: ‘Braving the Wilderness’

Brené Brown is a national treasure. “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” is one of the two #HRBookClub recommendations of the month. I can’t recommend this book enough for HR and recruiting professionals who wonder where they belong and how to articulate their place in the world.…

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