NEW AND NOTABLE TITLES FROM
HR MAGAZINE’S BOOK BLOG
THE LEADER HABIT:
MASTER THE SKILLS
YOU NEED IN JUST
MINUTES A DAY
By Martin Lanik
Nearly half of our everyday
behaviors at work or home are
not the result of deliberate
choice; they are automatic.
By thoughtfully selecting and
regularly practicing certain
habits, leaders of all stripes can master planning, prob-
lem-solving, decision-making, interpersonal relations
and other critical activities.
What does it mean to commit to deliberate, continual
practice to develop leadership habits? “Simply that we
must plan for the days when our motivation is at its lowest
level,” writes the author, who is the CEO of Pinsight, a
global leadership development company in Denver.
It turns out, the best way to achieve sustainability is to
minimize efort. The book recommends taking easy steps
to build habits by making the exercises undemanding and
focusing on a single skill at a time, once per day.
MASTERING CONSULTATION AS AN HR PRACTITIONER
By Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP
“All areas of HR can beneft from a consultative ap-
proach,” writes Jennifer Currence, SHRM-SCP, and “all
areas of the organization can beneft from HR’s consul-
To seamlessly incorporate a consultative approach into
your work, the author, president of HR consulting compa-
ny OnCore Management Solutions, recommends taking
the following fve steps:
Understand the business environment. Critically
evaluate where your company is positioned in the business world and compared with your competitors.
Defne your customers and their needs. Understand
how the issue that you are addressing afects each stake-holder—and how any potential solutions could impact
them, as well.
Create new HR solutions. When adopting new
practices, defne the aim of
each objective, generate new
ideas, involve your cus-
tomers in the process and
develop an action plan.
Implement new solutions. One of the best ways
to prepare for a change
initiative in HR is by assessing your organization’s and
employees’ readiness for
Make change sustainable. Continue to evaluate how
the change is working (or not working). For instance,
check in with stakeholders about the new program and
how to make it better.
DIGITAL HR: A GUIDE
By Deborah D. Waddill
Many HR professionals have
a love/hate relationship with
technology. This book pro-
vides advice to ease their anx-
iety. The author, a professor
and consultant, highlights fve
key trends that are reshaping HR in positive ways: social
media, “big data” and data analytics, mobile computing,
cloud computing and the Internet of Things. The book
also covers future workplace trends—like the rise of new
mobile technologies with HR applications and the evolu-
tion of e-recruiting—and ofers tips for HR, including:
ā ā Pay attention to the company website and branding to
ensure it is up-to-date and accurate.
ā ā Determine whether your e-recruiting software should
be stand-alone or part of a larger HR system.
ā ā Make your recruiting process more mobile-friendly.
As technology becomes an increasingly integral aspect
of business across the globe, HR professionals have a
great opportunity to use these trends to advance the profession and demonstrate their unique expertise. āFor more book reviews, go to shrm.org/bookblog