Imagine it: Reading 6 books over the next 4 months of the year… It might seem like a lot, but even getting our reading list down to 6 was tough. There are so many great books (and resources) available. Determining where to start can be tough. You, like us, want to be a great leader, you want to build a great culture, and create a world class onboarding programme etc. Etc…
To help you get the most bang for your proverbial buck and save heaps of time, we’ve picked the 6 books that WE will re-read by 2020. Yes, we have read them all so you can trust us on these recommendations. And they are SO good, we’ll be reading them again to recap and take it all in. They cover a broad range of HR topics and we’ll be building on these for our Must Read 2020 list too.
1 – Work Rules, Laszlo Bock
Imagine what 15 years at Google focusing specifically on worker R&D could teach you… Laszlo Bock has curated this content and all his learnings for you. Written in 2015, nothing about this book is outdated.
It’s definitely not a page turner. We keep making notes and jotting down ideas. So be warned that it will take a while to finish this “surprisingly playful workplace manifesto.”
2 – Dare to Lead, Brene Brown
We could have put any number of Brene’s books here, but Dare to Lead is a personal favourite (it also refers to some of her other relevant work and explains concepts she’s covered in the past, so that you never feel like you’ve missed anything, even if this book builds on her other books).
3 – Great Mondays, Josh Levine
A comprehensive framework for leaders to understand, design and grow their company culture. This will be one of those books that sits on your bookshelf for you to dive into ever so often. Culture and how to develop and maintain it fascinates us and we simply can’t get enough content around it. Far from just the theory, Josh’s book gives you workshop sessions and takeaways to go and do in the office, so you really live what the book is about. It’s practical and light and helps you retain so much more of the valuable learnings.
4 – HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion, Steve Browne
“People Passion” – isn’t that what we all want? We’ve heard great reviews about this book (it’s not just us geeking out about it).
The Amazon blurb says it all: “drop the preconceptions of what HR should be and instead look to what HR could be.”
5 – Build It: The Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement, Debra Corey and Glenn Elliot
Employee engagement has to be one of the most talked about subjects. This book features some great case studies and models from globally recognised brands like Unilever and IBM, based on more than 10 years of research done by the team at Reward Gateway.
6 – The Robot-Proof Recruiter: A Survival Guide for Recruitment and Sourcing Professionals, Katrina Collier
With so much constant chatter about the robots that are coming to take our jobs, we couldn’t not feature this book. We talk a lot about where Tech should sit and where Humans should take over and this book addresses some of that. In addition to the tech side of things, a lot of thought is given to which kind of people and how empowering yourself with technology will set you up for success.
Can you think of other Must Reads we haven’t covered? Let us know! We’re curating another list in December, focusing on the Complete List of Brilliant Books for 2020 based on your feedback and some crowdsourcing that we’ll do between now and then.
You can also expect some of the above books to be reviewed or at least included in future articles on the PASS site. #WatchThisSpace