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12 New Workplace Books to Curl Up With

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2 December 2023

HR Magazine

Books, like leftover turkey and Aunt Judy’s epic stories, are the gifts that keep on giving. So whether you’ll be snuggling in front of the fire, soaking up the sun in warmer climes or packing up the car to go to Grandma’s house (perfect for audiobooks!), here are a dozen of our favorite new HR and workplace books. We’ll be wrapping them up for colleagues and friends and slipping them in our own carry-ons as well. Each one is full of fresh perspectives, unconventional solutions and big ideas to transform you and your workplace this season and in the new year.

Happy Holiday Season’s Readings!

How Trust Works
By Peter H. Kim

The world’s leading expert in the rapidly growing field of trust repair, Kim has conducted more than two decades of groundbreaking research to answer the question of how trust works. In this book, he draws on his research and the work of other scientists to reveal the surprising truths about how relationships are built, broken and repaired. Kim’s work shows how we’re often more trusting than we think and how easily our trust in others can be distorted.

Fast Forward
By Wendy Leshgold and Lisa McCarthy

Backed by psychological research and brain science, Fast Forward‘s 5 Power Principles have helped more than 100,000 professionals achieve success and happiness. As they have excelled, so have their businesses and teams. Discover how leaders from the world’s most successful companies are dealing with stress, pressure and constant change—and still thriving.
Head & Heart
By Kirstin Ferguson

Combining studies from leading business and leadership thinkers with her own research and more than three decades of personal experience, Ferguson explains the eight key attributes of a head and heart leader, and she provides the tools to help you measure your own approach. Along the way, she shares her conversations with modern leaders from a broad range of backgrounds. Their stories will surprise you, challenge your thinking and inspire you to be the type of leader the world needs.
The Performance Paradox
By Eduardo Briceño
The main tenets of success in human resources hinge on owning what you do, having a passion for people and understanding your business. Briceño reveals how to avoid falling into the chronic performance trap that stagnates growth, unlock the power of mistakes, and integrate learning into daily habits in ways that stick. With Briceño’s innovative and refreshing framework of balancing learning and performing, individuals and companies can reach their boldest aspirations.
Belonging Rules
By Brad Deutser

Deuster offers nuanced, direct guidance for navigating both the pre-existing and ever-evolving social and organizational demands of today’s workplace. The five rules within, based on extensive research and application, create a framework to dissect and decode the complex, complicated and controversial issues of the modern workforce.
How Work Works
By Michelle P. King, Ph.D.
In How Work Works, King dispels old myths and provides keen observations about what it means to find belonging, build networks, manage the informal and ultimately thrive at work. This is a unique and revelatory guide to understanding and navigating the unwritten rules of the workplace—which is the key to achieving success, finding meaning and staying true to your authentic self in today’s business world.
Powered by Me
By Neha Sangwan, M.D.

Sangwan explains the overwhelming experience of burnout and offers an awareness prescription that helps you determine on which of the five levels—physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual—burnout is occurring for you. Once you’ve identified your biggest energy drains, Sangwan equips you with powerful tools that enable you to replenish your energy and take simple, practical steps toward healing.
By Rich Horwath

In Strategic, New York Times bestselling author Horwath delivers an incisive road map to help leaders at all levels think, plan and act strategically to navigate every business challenge they face. The book offers business leaders a proven framework―the Strategic Fitness System―that contains dozens of tools, techniques and checklists to confidently master every area of business, from designing market-winning strategies to shaping your organization’s culture.
Brave Together
By Chris Deaver and Ian Clawson

Brave Together is a deep exploration into how we can live and lead as co-creators. It’s filled with unexpected stories, powerful principles and a future-oriented framework. The book coaches leaders on how to reimagine their approach to culture and convert creative ideas into billion-dollar solutions with the help of defined patterns.
By Jerry Colonna

Building on the success of Colonna’s book Reboot and the concept of radical self-inquiry, the executive coach encourages leaders to consider the ways they have been complicit in, and benefited from, the conditions in the world that they say they’d like to change, and he shows them the path to creating new systems of inclusion for everyone.
Glad We Met
By Steven G. Rogelberg

Scouring the research and evidence collected over 20 years from managers and team members and drawing on interviews with top leaders from some of the most respected companies in the world, Rogelberg shows why effective one-on-one meetings are critical to your success and the success of your team. Glad We Met will make managers and direct reports walk away from every one-on-one more energized than at any other moment of their workweek―and with enduring impact.
Best Boss Ever
By Kris Dunn

It takes diligence and hard work to effectively manage teams, especially for new managers who often have little guidance. Dunn is here to help. Packed with dozens of tools and cheat sheets, Best Boss Ever will help managers and aspiring managers navigate the most important conversations they will have with their employees and help them grow to their full potential.

Matt Davis is the publisher of SHRM Books. 

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