Talent advisors at the top of their game are continuously learning. Not only are they checking the Talent Advisor Portal every other day, but they are also checking other blogs, reading the latest industry news, and keeping up in their field and industry. But even the most astute talent advisor cannot keep up with the constant influx of information that bombards us on a daily basis.
Here are five books you may have missed that can help you do your job a little better.
1. “Naked Statistics” by Charles Wheelan
Charles Wheelan’s book is a statistics book for people who don’t like statistics. His easy-to-read prose and easy-to-understand examples can make even the most innumerate of readers appreciate how to use statistics in a meaningful way.
2. “The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty“ by Daniel Ariely
This overlooked gem by Daniel Ariely looks at the ways we lie to ourselves and others. As HR is often in the “truth” business, whether that involves sussing out exaggerations on resumes or settling employee relations disputes, Ariely provides his unique perspective on getting to the bottom of the issue.
3. “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance“ by David Epstein
In this fascinating book, Epstein provides a unique look at nature vs. nurture and how it relates to performance. Are certain individuals simply better performers due to genetics, or can one put in the (contested) 10,000+ hours necessary to be successful?
4. “The Checklist Manifesto“ by Atul Gawande
In “The Checklist Manifesto, Gawande tackles the problem of complex decision-making and problem solving and with it provides some suggestions that human resource managers should take to heart. The simple checklist is a way to address routine tasks such as disciplinary interviews or performance reviews without missing an important step.
5. “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert A. Cialdini
Given the importance of selling one’s ideas and creating change, understanding how to do so is a crucial tool for any HR professional to employ. Cialdini’s text provides the reader with a greater understanding of how to be a better influencer.
If the talent advisor can find the time, these five books can be a valuable addition to improving your repertoire as a valuable human resource professional.
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