NEW AND NOTABLE TITLES
FROM HR MAGAZINE’S BOOK BLOG:
TYPE R: TRANSFORMATIVE RESILIENCE FOR THRIVING IN A
By Ama Marston and Stephanie Marston
Consultant Ama Marston and psychotherapist Stephanie Marston
present a new paradigm
for coping with difcult
circumstances: transformative resilience. People
with this trait use trials
as catalysts for growth.
Making a shift to a Type
R culture involves:
ā ā Assessing your existing culture. One of the most im-
portant frst steps is understanding where you are today.
Look at specifc events from the past to identify default
behaviors or collective mindsets.
ā ā Hiring for resilience. Many of the best leaders have
forged their skills out of adversity. Ask job candidates
and employees about the insights they drew from dif-
cult events and how that informs them today.
ā ā Embracing change as a basis for growth. Identify
the unspoken standards about how things should be
handled during challenging times, and give concrete
examples of how people in the organization have coped
with stress, challenges and setbacks in the past.
PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR
BUILDING YOUR NEXT-GEN
By Danita Bye
It’s incumbent on business owners and
HR professionals to groom next-generation leaders. To
that end, leadership expert Danita Bye ofers advice on
common mistakes businesses make in developing Millennials, including:
Mistake #1: Being vague on expected outcomes.
Young leaders need to be coached in an intentional manner. While they don’t want to be micromanaged, they do
need regular feedback and encouragement to know they
are on the right track.
Mistake #2: Sticking to annual performance reviews. That’s not a productive exercise, since 80 percent
of Millennials value on-the-spot recognition and correction over a sit-down meeting focused on past performance.
Mistake #3: Assuming Millennials operate with
the same value system as previous generations. Many
Millennial leaders understand that proft matters, but
they also want to empower companies to achieve bigger,
better, world-size goals that help other people. Recognize this passion and how powerful it might be for your
THIS COULD HURT: A NOVEL
By Jillian Medof
In Jillian Medof’s new novel, Rosa is a
relatable 60-something widow who has
worked her way up the executive ladder
to CHRO. Now, for a variety of reasons,
CEO of her company (who, by the way, brought Rosa in
from another organization where he was a young go-get-
ter and she was his seasoned mentor) needs Rosa to make
some hard decisions about stafng. Which Rosa can do.
Or, at least, she has done so in the past. But something is
wrong with Rosa. She’s forgetting things, she being weirdly
contradictory and accusatory, and she’s out of the ofce
now more than she is in it. What is going on?
This book is a rare, realistic look into a fctional HR
department and what makes it tick. There are entire sections—like the fctional company’s multiple and hilarious
foiled attempts to feld a successful employee engagement
survey, or the tale of a group of employees plotting to inhabit a vacant foor—that will have you laughing in “OMG
so true!” agreement. But, for sure, some pages will make
you recoil in horror. Wait, no, Rosa! Don’t do that!
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