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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    Image of Victory Through Organization

    Why the War for Talent Is Failing Your Company and What You Can Do About It

    by Wayne Brockbank, David Kryscynski, Mike Ulrich, Dave Ulrich

    Victory Through Organization demonstrates that organizational success isn’t just about the talent you have –– it’s about how the collective organization makes the individual talent better.

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    Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers

    by Aaron Goldstein, Rahaf Harfoush, Leerom Segal, Jay Goldman

    The authors present an actionable plan for any company that wants the best from its people and isn’t afraid of radical approaches to achieve it. Six proven principles are offered that can be used to decode work and unlock the potential of employees.

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  • Image of Chasing Stars
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    The Myth of Talent and the Portability of Performance

    by Boris Groysberg

    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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    Image of The Coming Jobs War

    What Every Leader Must Know About the Future of Job Creation

    by Jim Clifton

    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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  • Image of Talent Economics
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    The Fine Line Between Winning and Losing the Global War for Talent

    by Gyan Nagpal

    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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    How to Find, Hire, Keep and Nurture Creative Talent

    by Nolan Bushnell, Gene Stone

    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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    Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity

    by Frederick A. Miller, Judith H. Katz

    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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    Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources

    by Wayne Brockbank, Dave Ulrich, Mike Ulrich, Jon Younger

    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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  • Image of The Rare Find
    Image of The Rare Find

    Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else

    by George Anders

    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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