Posts by Laurie Ruettimann

Get a Free Book: ‘What Color Is Your Parachute?’

What Color Is Your Parachute

You may not know Jason Lauritsen, but he’s a leading speaker and thinker on topics such as employee engagement and leadership. He is also an avid reader, like you and me. Jason appeared on my podcast last week, and recommended a treasure trove of resources for people like you who want to double-down on their…

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Readers Are Leaders: A New HR Job Board

HR job board

Hey, everybody! Thanks for reading HR Books and getting excited about #HRBookClub. I hope you’re reading a new book each month. If you’re still struggling, you can break it down into a chapter each week. Or try reading ten pages each night before you go to bed. Still struggling? Try an audiobook. Three New Things…

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April #HRBookClub Recommendations

HR Books April 2018 picks: HR leadership books

April is National Poetry Month, which started in 1996 to enhance the appreciation of poetry in the United States. I’m not sure anybody wants to read HR poetry books, but, if you’re looking for something different to read, here’s the best poetry of 2017 according to The New York Times. #HRBookClub for April 2018 HR…

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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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HR Books Review: ‘The New Rules of Work’

new rules of work

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

SHRM books 2018

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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