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HR Books Review – Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

I bought a copy of Adam Alter's book Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked from a library sale and quickly fell into an obsessed trance. Although I suspected as much, this book confirmed my worst fears: I'm addicted to my phone, and the tech companies planned it this way. Dammit. I liked to think I could quit my phone at any time. While I can, theoretically, Alter lays out a narrative where all aspects of our lives are intertwined with technology. It's hard to have a professional job -- or maintain relationships with...

HR Books Review: The Jackass Whisperer

Have you ever been on an airplane with a screaming baby? Has your boss ever scheduled a Friday night team dinner but excluded partners and spouses? Did you ever stand behind someone in the express checkout lane who thinks 12-items-or-less is a suggestion and not a rule? Those people might be jackasses, including the baby. The world is full of people who get it wrong. That's the premise of the new book called "The Jackass Whisperer: How to deal with the worst people at work, at home and online―even when the Jackass is you." Husband and wife duo Alison and...

HR Books Review: Stories that Stick

There's a school of thought out there that HR needs to tell a better story about itself.  First, we should describe the value we bring. Then, we should highlight the HR professionals who do it. Next, we must demonstrate how we impact people's lives with attention to specific detail. Finally, we must show how our work transforms our workers and our leaders—professionally, emotionally, and financially.  If we tell a better story about how we positively affect the landscape of business, we improve the future of HR. I like it, which is why I like Stories That Stick by Kindra Hall. What's It...

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