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4 Books Every HR Professional should Read

June 13, 2017 in Services

Books for HR Professionals

Managing people is one of the toughest jobs in an organization. And, it has now become the most important aspect of managing a business in a knowledge-driven world where people are an enterprise’s most crucial resource.

To help HR professionals deal with the complexities of human nature and manage people efficiently, here are 4 books that all of them should read.

Good to Great

Jim Collins subtly communicates the core qualities of a modern day HR professional. Collins explains the basic concepts of human resources management such as the nature of leadership and the need to have the right employees on board. However, these are not the only things discussed in this book. The author goes on to elaborate why it is necessary for the HR managers to inculcate an inclusive perspective so that they can learn about new cultures as well as deal with employees from varied cultural backgrounds. Also, the book discusses factors such as long-term vision and use of technology for HR practices.

Start with Why

Organisations have their goals and employees have theirs. Successful organisations bring about a parity or congruence between the enterprise’s goals and those of the employees. This is what Simon Sinek tries to explain in this book. Sinek emphasises the need for the management to help the employees understand the “why” of their work. It involves explaining to the employees the value of their contribution and how they can help deliver the goals of the company, and in the process attaining their personal goals. Explaining to them why gives them a sense of purpose, which further improves their efficiency. HR managers will find this book highly insightful.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders make Everyone Smarter

In this book, Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown postulate the role of leaders in creating a synergy among their team members or subordinates. The authors explain how leaders can work towards not just achieving targets but also for deriving the best from their people by helping each employee become more efficient, maximising their output, and increasing productivity. This book is a must for HR professionals as they will learn how to bring out the best in people.

Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through

The book by Michael Hayman and Nick Giles gives examples of companies like Google and AirBnB as well as successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. These organisations and people began their journey at the very bottom of the pyramid and rapidly climbed to the top to become the biggest in the world. The book explores how these people and their organisations began as missions to change something by delivering superior value to the consumers, and in the process grew exponentially, at a significant. HR professionals can learn a lot about innovation and entrepreneurial skills. But more importantly, they will learn a great deal about perseverance, vision, and a desire to make a difference.

These four books can work wonders in the lives of HR professionals by enabling them to understand how they too can contribute to their organisations by bringing out the best in people.

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