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Looking to Hire an HR Leader?

By Phyllis G. Hartman, SPHR
Society for Human Resource Management, 2014
121 pages
List price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-58644-367-2

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Many books cover the fundamentals of hiring—from determining competencies, through recruitment and selection, to onboarding for the new hire. In Looking to Hire an HR Leader?, consultant and teacher Phyllis G. Hartman tailors those familiar topics to the hiring of HR professionals.
Hartman lays out a step-by-step plan and takes readers all the way through the specifics of managing HR professionals once they’re hired. Key to the book are tools that any employer can adapt—14 charts, questionnaires and worksheets to plan and document the hiring process for an HR professional.
Readers get help in these areas:
--     Do you need an HR professional at all? Learn to define your needs and assess whether HR is the place to meet them.
--     What do you want your HR professional to do? Using the SHRM Competency Model, readers determine what competencies are crucial. They also learn how to organize salary research to set HR pay and get lists of HR certifications and professional organizations.
--     How do you recruit effectively for HR positions? Hartman urges readers to first examine their own recruiting expertise. She covers how to create a job posting, where to advertise HR positions, how to use networking to find HR professionals and what to expect if you use an outside recruiting firm.
--     How do you select and hire for HR, and how are those tasks different from selection processes for other types of jobs? A culture analysis questionnaire helps hiring managers assess their organizational culture so they can decide whether candidates will fit that culture.
A chart of HR-specific interview questions covers cultural fit and areas of expertise such as strategy, compensation, employee relations and development.
Selection tools include a reference-checking form and an interview report form for consistent assessment of how an interview went and whether the candidate is a potential hire.


The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do
By Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller
Berrett-Koehler, 2014
142 pages
List price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-62656-198-4

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This is the 10th anniversary edition of this “business fable,” which provides leadership advice within the fictional story of one young executive seeking to improve at her job. Authors Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller have added two new tools to this version: Readers get a self-assessment test to measure how they lead, and they get answers to frequently asked questions about how to apply the book’s tenets in their own work lives.
The Secret outlines Blanchard and Miller’s SERVE model of leadership. True leaders serve others and ask, “How can I help?” But as the fictional executive discovers, the model isn’t just warm and fuzzy; it can have real business impact by improving trust and credibility between managers and employees.
This leadership model outlines five steps toward servant leadership:
See the future. Leadership requires you to start with “a compelling picture of a preferred future.” How do you build that picture realistically, and how do you make others care about the future you’ve pictured?
Engage and develop others. Get the right people for the job and make sure they stay engaged. “Helping people grow pays huge dividends” in trust and eventually in productivity.
Reinvent continuously. To progress, you have to change. Leaders need to question how both they and their organizations can improve.
Value results and relationships. Leaders need to value both, or else performance suffers in the long run.
Embody the values of your organization. This goes to the core of a leader’s credibility with employees. How do you learn to communicate values? How do your actions reflect values?
Blanchard and Miller follow up the examples in the fictional story with details such as how to start putting SERVE ideas into practical use, how to recognize and compensate for your own biases, and how to start mentoring others.


Compiled by Leigh Rivenbark, a freelance writer and editor in Vienna, Va.