Human Resources

Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on human resources issues including training and development, recruitment and retention, the multi-generational workforce, talent management and more. Browse our summaries to learn best practices from top companies around the world.

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    Chasing Stars

    by Boris Groysberg
    Item #: 34ITFS
    It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. In Chasing Stars, Harvard Business School Professor of Business Administration Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be.
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    The Coming Jobs War

    by Jim Clifton
    Item #: 34GTFS
    In a provocative book for business and government leaders, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton describes how this undeniable fact will affect all leadership decisions as countries wage war to produce the best jobs. While the statistics are dire, Clifton remains optimistic about America’s ability to win the jobs war. The Coming Jobs War offers a brutally honest look at America’s biggest problem and a cogent prescription for solving it.
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    Talent Economics

    by Gyan Nagpal
    Item #: 3529
    Talent Economics offers an outside-in view on talent that brings workforce analysis, management practice and strategy together using economic inquiry. Award-winning talent strategist and leadership coach Gyan Nagpal presents business leaders an opportunity to step back and understand the ebb and flow of global talent before translating this new understanding into a winning strategy.
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    Finding the Next Steve Jobs

    by Nolan Bushnell, Gene Stone
    Item #: 3520
    Nolan Bushnell founded the groundbreaking gaming company Atari in 1972, and two years later employed Steve Jobs, as well as many other creatives over the course of his five decades in business. Here Bushnell explains how to find, hire, and nurture the people who could turn your company into the next Atari or the next Apple. Bushnell's advice is constantly counter-intuitive, surprising, and atypical. When looking for employees, ignore credentials. Hire the obnoxious (in limited numbers)...
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    The Inclusion Breakthrough

    by Frederick A. Miller, Judith H. Katz
    Item #: 35BS02
    The Inclusion Breakthrough explains how to make diversity a central and profitable part of an organization's strategy for long-term success rather than merely a peripheral program. The authors present proven strategies for stimulating the creativity and productivity of any business's greatest resource — its people. The benefits to companies that have implemented these inclusion strategies are also described.
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    HR From the Outside In

    by Wayne Brockbank, Dave Ulrich, Mike Ulrich, Jon Younger
    Item #: 3429
    Can HR Deliver value to "the business"? Yes, it can, and it must. This book is filled with tips for guiding and empowering HR professionals — and entire departments — so that HR might bring benefits of a different kind to everyone in your organization. HR From the Outside In will teach you: the six key HR competencies; how to develop HR professionals to be high-performers; how to structure an HR department that delivers maximum value; and what it takes...
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    The Rare Find

    by George Anders
    Item #: 3411
    Anyone who recruits talent faces the same basic challenge, whether we work for a big company, a new start-up, a Hollywood studio, a hospital, or the Green Berets. We all wonder how to tell the really outstanding prospects from the ones who look great on paper but then fail on the job. Or, equally important, how to spot the ones who don't look so good on paper but might still deliver extraordinary performance. Author George Anders sought out the world's savviest talent judges to see what they...
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    The 2020 Workplace

    by Jeanne C. Meister, Karie Willyerd
    Item #: 3226
    The multi-generations that will make up the workforce in 2020 will place new demands on employers who will be challenged to manage employees who have vastly different values, beliefs and expectations. The 2020 Workplace can be a useful guide to help you and your organization create tomorrow’s workplace of choice.
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    Who

    by Geoff Smart, Randy Street
    Item #: 3101
    In this book Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical and effective solution for the single biggest problem in business today: unsuccessful hiring. These “who” problems are easily preventable with Smart and Street’s A Method for Hiring, which, when implemented, has a 90 percent success rate.
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