If you’re looking for HR Book Reviews, this is the place. I take the time to read a lot of books that are valuable tools for HR professionals and business leaders, and I write up my comments on what I found valuable as an “in the trenches” HR pro. These are some of the best “HR” books to read, not because they are all about human resources, but because they help us be better business leaders as well. Here’s a little motivation to get you inspired:
“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have
small libraries and big TVs.” Zig Ziglar
- How to Read a Book Per Week
- How to Set Up a Corporate Library
- How to Set up a Company Book Club (alternative reading program)
- In case you are looking for an e-reader for your reading fun…
- How to Set Up a HR and Management Book Club
Leadership/Management-HR Book Reviews
- Why Managing Sucks by Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler
- The Titleless Leader by Nan Russell
- The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
- All In-Building a Culture of Belief by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
- Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
- Handling Disrespect at Work by Paul Meshanko
- The Levity Effect by Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher
- Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work by Paul Marciano
- A Leader’s Heart Devotional by John Maxwell
- Be Bodacious-Put Life in Your Leadership by Steven Wood
- The Pursuit of Something Better by Myra Kruger and Dave Esler
- AMA Business Boot Camp by Edward Reilly
- The Secret of Teams by Mark Miller
- Toy Box Leadership (coming soon!)
- Great Employees Only (coming soon!)
- From Bud to Boss (coming soon!)
Employee Relations-HR Book Reviews
- Got a Minute? 9 Lessons for HR Professionals by Dale Dwyer and Sherri Caldwell
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Talent-HR Book Reviews
- The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First by Andrew Benett
- Talent Leadership by John Mattone
- 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave by Leigh Branham
- Field Tested-Recruiting, Managing, and Retaining Veterans by Emily King
- 101 Strategies for Recruiting Success by Christopher Pritchard
- Everybody’s Business by Marta Wilson
- Onboarding (coming soon!)
Miscellaneous HR Book Reviews
- Tweak It by Cali Williams Yost
- Seeing the Big Picture by Kevin Cope
- Wisdom Meets Passion by Dan Miller and Jared Angaza
- Perform Like a Rock Star by Orna Drawas
- The 1% Solution for Work and Life by Tom Connellan
- Jolt! by Phil Cooke
- Change Your Life Not Your Wife by Tony Ferretti and Peter Weiss
- The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
- The Customer Rules by Lee Cockerell
- Global HR Competencies by Ulrich
- Service Failure (coming soon!)
- How to Measure Human Resources Management (coming soon!)
- Delivering Happiness (coming soon!)
Book Review Policy
Authors & Publishers – If you would like to send me a book to review, please email me with a synopsis of the book. Please note that I only respond to pitches that I choose to accept.
My Preferred Genres: HR, recruiting, business, leadership, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and others that an audience of business leaders would find valuable.
Although I own an eReader and a smartphone, I prefer to read nonfiction books in hard copy to make notes, highlight important sections, add sticky notes to remind me of ideas that I particularly enjoyed. In the end, that makes for more valuable reviews than if I’d skimmed it in a Kindle and slapped something together.
By accepting a review copy of a book, I can not guarantee that I’ll finish it or that I’ll review it; I can guarantee that I will try to do both. If I do finish the book, I’ll review it honestly on this site. If I do not finish a book for any reason, I’ll let you know why without trashing the book publicly–sometimes books just aren’t a fit for everyone, and acknowledging that is better than giving a poor review to an otherwise great book.
I do my best to read and review books in a timely manner. However, due to time constraints and other fluid commitments, I can’t always get a review done on a very short timeline.
The majority of the books I review are given to me as advance review copies by publishers and authors. Others are purchased by me or my employer because we believe in the power of books to educate and enlighten. I don’t give positive reviews in exchange for free books–I give positive reviews for books that challenge me to think or act.
Want to contact me about reviewing a book? Click here to email me and I will send you my mailing address. Thanks!