Top 16 Books for Human Resource and Talent Management Executives

Chart Your Course

It provides a comprehensive (yet very easy to read) summary of four decades of scientific research on human motivation, exposing a startling mismatch between what science knows and what business does. The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997). Human Resource Champions (1996).

Innovation, HR, and Perfectly Defined Job Descriptions


In some cases, they set-up systems to punish those that do. Not so surprisingly, few people in her department cared about service or innovation; they just did their jobs as defined in their job descriptions. Innovation is messy. Innovation hr human resources innovation vanderpy

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HR Innovation is Best Achieved Internally


The book is available for free at Naga Siddharth heads HR for the Cloudnine group of hospitals in India and is a Human Technology Innovator according to him.]. And then it occurred to me as to what could be the fatal flaw to aspired HR innovation.

Is It Time For A Peer-Reviewed Bonus System?


Incentive compensation systems often seem just as likely to disappoint employees as to motivate them. If their perception is that the system is fair, everything works smoothly. However, if their perception is that the system is unfair, a motivational disaster can result. India-based HCL Technologies created a similar system , but removed the monetary compensation element from its program.

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Chart Your Course

Innovation has always been what makes good businesses great. And innovation does not happen without change and risk. It’s human nature to resist new responsibilities or rules. This past February Yahoo!’s s fledgling CEO Marissa Mayer made her first misstep.

Wait, I’m the Boss?!? The Guide for New Managers to Succeed

Skip Prichard

Today’s best managers empower their employees directly while establishing systems and processes (creating teams, skills training, and more) and a culture that supports empowerment. Because they are more innovative than companies with management teams that are not diverse.

T.O.I.L.E.T. Training™ -- a breakthrough system to improve workplace learning

Great Leadership By Dan

PHILADELPHIA, April 1, 2014 -- Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) pulled back the curtain today on its latest innovation in workplace education: the T.O.I.L.E.T. Training System™ -- a new platform that promises to reshape how training is delivered in modern organizations.

The Best Things in Business are Free

In the CEO Afterlife

Forget about throwing heaps of cash at such initiatives as computer systems, advertising, equipment, recruiting – even training. Some companies thrive on innovative cultures.

Where (and When) the Magic Happens

In the CEO Afterlife

Magic can’t happen in cultures that don’t worship innovation. Innovation starts with leadership. Leaders must encourage creativity and teamwork, as well as processes and systems that nurture the concepts and execute the results. Most big company cultures are not innovative.

What Not to Do When Business Sours

In the CEO Afterlife

A delay (not cancellation) in capital expenditures of such initiatives as office upgrades or computer systems are examples of a good place to start. Most of you have heard the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” or something to that effect.

Change is Bad

In the CEO Afterlife

I consider Google a tier-one innovator. At Zappos, CEO Tony Hsieh has set his cultural sights on a holacracy management system a radical change from conventional structures. Nestlé turned to product innovation to fulfill the convenience needs of coffee lovers.

Employee Onboarding Trends That Every Employer Should Know In 2020

Strategy Driven

Human resources are undoubtedly the most vital resource for any organization. Having a good onboarding strategy is equally significant because it ensures retention of the resources you choose with a great deal of hard work.

The Ripple Effect of Zappos’ Self-Management System

HR Digest

Under the company’s self-managed environment Zapponians know what is expected of them and continue to evolve and innovate in order to achieve the desired outcome. Thirteen years ago, Christa joined Zappos as a human resources generalist and soon became the recruiting manager.

These Are the People You Need on Your Startup Team

Chart Your Course

They need to be tech experts, navigating your cloud contact center , social media and customer management systems. One of the issues that tech innovators find is the mad-genius paradox. Culture Growing a Business Human Resource Management

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Why I cringe when people say “hire for fit”

Surviving Leadership

It’s your systems, your processes, your location, your parking habits, the industry, your policies, your leadership practices, the behaviors of managers, communication… get the point. It breeds innovation. Companies are constantly looking for differentiators.

Making Progress Motivates Workers? Workshop for the Buffalo Niagara SHRM Conference 2012

Mike Cardus

How you can create a system of small wins and progress to increase motivation and creativity. The greatest factor for motivation and innovation of employees is Support for Making Progress (The Progress Principle; Amabile 2011).

The USPS Lesson

Women on Business

The postal situation is not unique and what it highlights is how the wrong type of organizational culture can kill even a giant like the postal system. You create an environment for innovative solutions, employee growth and increased morale. To really solve the problem you have to find the source and that means looking at the post office as a whole and creating solutions that address the whole system. The post office is nearly bankrupt, the cost cutting is not working.

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HP Headed to Hotel California?

Women on Business

It isn’t entirely fair to heap all of the blame onto the CEO’s; there was another broken system at play, the Board of Directors. that focuses on customers and innovation. HP has made some controversial decisions lately, but is Meg Whitman a great strategic move or the kiss of death for this once great tech company? HP announced Whitman’s appointment on September 22, 2011 but given the public comments, customers seem to think it’s a bad choice.

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Complimentary Resource – Compensation Management in the Recovering Economy

Strategy Driven

by Plateau Systems. Using incentive pay to drive retention and innovation. Complimentary Resources business management complimentary whitepaper employee compensation human resources management Plateau Systems strategydriven

Tough-Minded Ways to Innovate | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Tough-Minded Ways to Innovate. But after Pearson’s corporate life atop PepsiCo, he became an insightful HBR contributor, particularly with regard to innovation. Innovative companies are led by innovative leaders. 3 Responses to Tough-Minded Ways to Innovate.

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Is This the Hospital That Will Finally Push the Expensive U.S. Health Care System to Innovate?

Harvard Business Review

By almost any measure, American health care costs are out of control but the system refuses to change. As we explain in Reverse Innovation in Health Care , Narayana Health’s founder, Dr. Devi Shetty, wanted to disrupt U.S. ” Narayana Health brought innovative practices honed in India to HCCI to offer first-rate care for 25-40% of U.S. Reverse Innovation in Health Care: How to Make Value-Based Delivery Work. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Book.

Review of “How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths”

The Practical Leader

They start with an outline of the powerful research behind Zenger Folkman’s groundbreaking strengths-based leadership assessment, development, and sustainable implementation system. Click on Strengths-Based Leadership Development System for details and to register.

The 5 Best Bargains in Business

In the CEO Afterlife

For a moment, I’d like you to forget about throwing heaps of cash at such initiatives as computer systems, advertising, equipment, recruiting – even training. Some companies thrive on an innovative culture.

Review of “How to Be Exceptional: Drive Leadership Success by Magnifying Your Strengths”

The Practical Leader

They start with an outline of the powerful research behind Zenger Folkman’s groundbreaking strengths-based leadership assessment, development, and sustainable implementation system. Click on Strengths-Based Leadership Development System for details and to register. How to Be Exceptional couldn’t come at a better time. We’re standing at a very critical crossroad. Our organizations desperately want and need much stronger leadership at all levels.

Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities

Harvard Business Review

How many people in your organization are innovative thinkers who can help with your thorniest strategy problems? This is because our educational systems focus on teaching science and business students to control, predict, verify, guarantee, and test data. Innovation. If you want another good reason to hire from the humanities, consider this: consulting firms like McKinsey and Bain like to hire them for all the reasons I've described above.

Work-Life-Self Focus Triad

Mike Cardus

Work-Life balance is a false hope sold through human resources and the consultant class as some magical elixir. Innovation Leadership Coaching Solution-Focused balance life balance work work-life work-life balance

How Boards Can Innovate

Harvard Business Review

Governing boards might seem like the last place for innovation. They are, after all, the company’s steadfast guidance system, charged with keeping an even keel in rough waters. Some boards have taken the principle further by forming their own innovation committee.

How HR Can Help Managers To Become Better Leaders

Tanveer Naseer

With average job tenures dropping at every level, Human Resource professionals may need to play a more active role in leadership development and coaching. The following is a guest piece by Kelly Barcelos. Hiring employees is a tough job, especially today.

Work in the Future Will Fall into These 4 Categories

Harvard Business Review

Work and workers (yes, humans) will always be essential to organizations, but organizations themselves will be more diverse, and work will be organized, structured, and done in new ways, increasingly through arrangements outside of regular full-time employment. Human-automation collaboration.

Preview Thursday: Up is Not the Only Way by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart

Lead Change Blog

Beverly Kaye founded Career Systems International (CSI) more than thirty years ago, and it has become a global leader in developing and delivering innovative, action-based talent management solutions.

Uber Is Finally Realizing HR Isn’t Just for Recruiting

Harvard Business Review

Employees and other constituents should expect HR to hold leaders accountable for fiduciary and strategic risks, just as a CFO would be expected to hold leaders accountable for a risky pattern of using corporate funds or resources. All too often, however, startup leaders are less savvy when it comes to human capital, until it’s too late. Human resource management Digital Article

The Case for Investing More in People

Harvard Business Review

” There is a virtuous cycle between productivity and people: Higher levels of productivity allow society to reinvest in human capital (most obviously, though not exclusively, via higher wages), and smart investments result in higher labor productivity. All of this raises a chicken-or-egg question: Are we suffering from low productivity because we have underinvested in human capital? Our careless treatment of time represents a shocking level of underinvestment in human capital.

Build a Great Company Culture with Help from Technology

Harvard Business Review

For us, those values are employees, customer service, integrity, innovation, fun, and profitability. Organizational culture Technology Human resource management Article

How the U.S. Army Personalized Its Mental Health Care

Harvard Business Review

All three of those essential components of precision medicine are now being addressed in the Army, using a system called the Behavioral Health Data Portal (BHDP). It makes possible the routine collection of patient-reported data using standardized screening instruments, incorporates redesigned patient and care team workflows to allow consistent monitoring, and embeds clinical-decision-support systems for providing individualized feedback and action at the point of care. The U.S.

Integration As Viewed Through The Lens Of The Uninformed

Lead Change Blog

The integration of our data systems into a data center in another part of the world will take place over the next 12 months.”. The future of operations requires state of the art systems to assure premier service to our customers.

Two Great TED Talks by Ken Robinson

First Friday Book Synopsis

Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. He has worked with national governments in Europe and Asia, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, national and state education systems, non-profit organizations and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.

We Need to Move Beyond the Employee vs. Contractor Debate

Harvard Business Review

” Yet, a study of 33,000 employees in 26 countries showed that independent workers were more satisfied, innovative, and engaged with their clients than regular employees, even those regular employees designated as high potentials. Matthew Wiebe.

The Right Way for an Established Firm to Do an Innovation Pilot with a Startup

Harvard Business Review

For innovation-hungry legacy firms, partnering with a startup can be appealing. With apologies to Tolstoy, all happy start-up partnerships are alike; every unhappy innovation partnership is unhappy in its own way. Minimally viable products iteratively inform product and user experience design; minimally viable pilots generate scalable insights into getting the most bang for the buck from key innovations. Growth strategy Innovation Entrepreneurial management Digital Article

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Three Year-End Innovation Takeaways from Asia

Harvard Business Review

I argued a few months ago that the innovation axis was shifting from the West to the East. Silicon Valley remains the global hot spot of innovation, and America continues to churn out innovative companies like Groupon and Bloom Energy. The period of growth that Asia is enjoying still involves a heavy dose of replication and leveraging raw resources, but Western companies that discount the region's innovation potential do so at their own peril.

Your Quick Fixes are Exacerbating Your Organizational and Team Problems

Mike Cardus

Leading to Executives, Human Resources and team leaders grasping at the ‘Next Thing’ in order to cut the down on the felt mounting bureaucracy and dis-trust within the organization and team.

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Employee Engagement Depends on What Happens Outside of the Office

Harvard Business Review

Perhaps human resources leaders are spending their money in the wrong places. As a former HR leader for a Fortune 500 company, I’m all too aware of how flawed the system is. Managing people Human resource management Organizational culture

Technology Can Save Onboarding from Itself

Harvard Business Review

Competition among the most innovative companies is growing ever more heated for one of the most highly-coveted resources on the market: talented employees. Ineffective onboarding has been a systemic challenge for as long as I can remember.

Simple Digital Technologies Can Reduce Health Care Costs

Harvard Business Review

Innovating for Value in Health Care. Solutions may be available directly through digital therapeutics companies, payers, or care-delivery systems. While pay-for-performance is an attractive structure because it generally aligns incentives and ensures that resources are allocated efficiently, it may not be a feasible model for all diseases and services. Human resource management Technology Digital Article