Top 7 HR books you should certainly read
Human resources specialists must continuously expand their skills and knowledge. We have compiled a list of the seven best books every HR specialist should read. Over the past few years, significant changes have occurred in the HR industry. Subsequently, new terms and strategies began to emerge (e.g., Inbound Recruiting, Recruitment Marketing, Social Recruiting, and Data-Driven Recruiting).
Since the HR industry has been changing rapidly, HR managers need to learn a lot of new things. Best way to start — read the most famous books for HR professionals. We have compiled a list of the seven best books every HR specialist should read. You don’t need to surf the net and read tons of reviews. We have done all this stuff for you.
It is never too late to learn something new and to discover new opportunities.
Ok, here we go. Enjoy.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni
Patric Lencioni is an American best-selling author, consultant, speaker, and director of The Table Group, a company dedicated to helping organizations become healthy. In The Five Dysfunctions of a Team Patrick Lencioni offers a leadership fable that is as entertaining and instructive as his last books about teamwork, leadership, team training, and management. This book deals with the CEO of a big company that is facing a severe leadership crisis. The company has big problems, and it is on the verge of collapse.
Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions that underpin why teams even the best ones often struggle. He suggests using a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these issues and build a reliable and effective team.
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
by Michael Bungay Stanier
Michael Bungay Stanier is an author of several books and a founder of Box of crayons, a company that helps organizations do less good work and more great work. In The Coaching Habit coaching becomes a regular part of your day. Managers and their teams can work less but have more impact. Michael Bungay Stanier has long-standing experience training more than 10 000 managers from all over the world.
In The Coaching Habit he reveals how to unlock your employees’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how — by saying less and asking more — you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.
Who: The A Method for Hiring
by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
In this book, Geoff Smart and Randy Street present a solution to the problem that is called “unsuccessful hiring”. The price for the average hiring mistake is $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted time. Geoff Smart and Randy Street tell about A method that will help prevent “unsuccessful hiring”. This method is based on more than 1,300 hours of interviews with more than 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs.
In Who: The A Method for Hiring you will find simple, easy-to-follow steps that will put the right people in place for optimal success.
HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion
by Steve Browne
Steve Browne is a skilled writer, speaker, and thought leader in HR. His career is dedicated to helping build and connect the global HR community. In his book, HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion, Steve Browne shares real-life examples, encouraging HR managers to rethink their approach to what they do.
The author says: “When you go into a grocery store, you are drawn to the things that are placed to catch your eye. Companies intentionally pay for better shelf space so that you will look at their brands in the hope that you’re more likely to buy their goods. We have to do this in HR. We have to get in the line of sight of our employees and make our goods attractive and accessible.”
The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional
by Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell
Barbara Mitchell and Sharon Armstrong are sophisticated authors and consultants in the HR industry. The 10th edition, The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional, covers a couple of popular HR topics. This book is full of useful ideas and insights, checklists, tools, and tips that every HR manager can benefit from.
This book teaches how to effectively manage new hires from their first day, how to manage a multi-generational workforce, and how to provide equitable pay, benefits, and total rewards strategies. All information is sharp, clear, and structured.
Authors say: “In order to survive in today’s world of work, managers have to be lifelong learners. They have to be open not only learning new things, but also incorporating those things in their everyday approach to work.”
HR Disrupted: It's time for something different
by Lucy Adams
Lucy Adams was an HR director at the BBC during its hardest time. She was responsible for all aspects of employee relations, onboarding, rewarding, training, and development. She specializes in helping HR professionals see creative and effective ways of engaging employees.
Nowadays, disruption is a hot trending topic, and it’s all about doing things differently. This book describes three key points in using a disruptive approach in the HR industry. Here are they:
- How to get everyone on board with all the changes so that you don’t alienate people you’re trying to help.
- Understanding that not everything needs to be changed. You should identify specific areas that can and should be approved.
- The idea is to change things for better results, not to create one more issue.
The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition
by Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem
This book is a sort of guide to the difficult but exciting HR world. One of the most challenging parts of any leader’s job is managing people. Nowadays, the HR profession grows dynamic and changes rapidly. The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition provides HR managers with the most important and useful information they need to know to become a real HR professional.
This book teaches to choose the right people for a particular position. It describes situations that every HR can face and what actions he should take to resolve them successfully.