Read to Lead: Four HR Books to Look for in 2015

By Desda Moss Mar 4, 2015

learn_lead.jpg By Christopher Anzalone

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."

In the spirit of Margaret Fuller's motivational words extolling the value of reading, SHRM is publishing several new and revised books this year that will not only help HR professionals excel in their jobs, but will also help make them stronger business leaders in their organizations.

Here are four new books to look for in the first half of the year:

Give Your Company a Fighting Chance: An HR Guide to Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence
By Maria Greco Danaher

Out now, this is the second book in the recently launched Olgetree Deakins/SHRM Employment Law series. Give Your Company a Fighting Chance provides assistance to business leaders and HR professionals by outlining some parameters for understanding and preventing workplace violence, for preparing for violent situations that may develop in your workplace, and for planning a response to any such incident if it does occur. Danaher is a shareholder at the Pittsburgh, Penn. office of Ogletree Deakins law firm.

HR's Greatest Challenge: Driving the C-Suite to Improve Employee Engagement and Retention
By Richard Finnegan
The purpose of this book is to help HR leaders improve engagement and retention for their organizations by leveraging the immense power of their CEOs, CFOs, and other C-suite executives. Employing case studies and unassailable data, the author lays out a persuasive and attainable approach to moving employee engagement and retention metrics—absolutely critical metrics for every organization—and their associated sky-high dollar values into the minute-to-minute management mainstream of modern, competitive organizations. Finnegan is the CEO of C-Suite Analytics and author of SHRM's bestselling book, The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention (2012), as well as The Stay Interview: A Manager's Guide for Keeping the Best and Brightest (forthcoming, 2015) and Rethinking Retention in Good Times and Bad (2010). Publication date: April

Repurposing HR: From a Cost Center to a Business Accelerator
By Carol Anderson
This book represents a new way of thinking about the role of HR, the work of HR, and the enormous scope of responsibility that HR teams accept, requiring a wide array of knowledge, skills, and competencies that rarely come neatly packaged. Anderson lays out a practical method for looking at the business and the human capital from the perspective of the leaders and employees who count on HR to help them do their jobs. Anderson is the owner and principal of Anderson Performance Partners and has been an HR professional and thought leader since 1989. Publication date: May

Defining HR Success: 9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals
By SHRM Staff
This book explains the SHRM Competency Model in detail and provides practical guidance on how to use it to advance the careers of HR professionals. The model defines what it means to be a successful HR professional, identifying nine critical competencies—one technical, eight behavioral—that HR professionals need to address the most pressing people issues of the day and to deliver HR strategy to enable businesses to evolve into the future. Publication date: May​​

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