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If your New Year's resolution is to get caught up on your business reading, we've got just the post for you. We asked members of the SHRM community on social media which HR and business books amazed, informed and inspired them within the past year. Here are seven titles to pick up in January—or anytime you feel like it, really. Which titles would you add to the list? Anything surprising or unexpected? Enjoy and have a very happy and productive 2016!
Totem: Mastering Team Performance, by Kevin Mays, Dog Ear Publishing (2015). “One of the most innovative books I’ve read to date. The book delivers valuable lessons in analyzing, building and leading several different types of teams, all wrapped in a fun, fictitious story.” —Kyle Ecker
PROMOTE!: It's Who Knows What You Know That Makes a Career, by Rick Gillis, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2015). “This book inspires you to promote your accomplishments when sometimes it's uncomfortable to do so. We accomplish things each day, and we should be comfortable expressing our worth to those who have the power to make major moves in our organization. Also useful tool when looking for work as well.” —Siara Barnes
Everyone's a Critic: Winning Customers in a Review-Driven World, by Bill Tancer, Portfolio (2014). “It offers insight on how to use online reviews to better understand your customer base and to engage.” —Keith Grossman
Brand Famous: How to Get Everyone Talking about Your Business, by Linzi Boyd, Capstone (2014). “Fantastic insight on creating brand while focusing on small things we do every day.” —Albert Kujur
Bonus Recommendation: My personal pick?
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Rubin. Broadway Books (2015). Disclaimer: I haven't read this yet, but I am a big fan of Rubin's previous book The Happiness Project and regularly listen to her
"Happier" podcast, which includes tips from this new book. Disclaimer II: It's not a business book per se, but, as is the case with many self-help books, it includes lessons that can be harnessed to help people do their jobs better. It includes a fascinating framework called the "four tendencies," which will help you learn how you approach internal and external expectations. By understanding your personal tendency, you can develop skills to help you work and live better. Great food for thought!
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