Summer is winding down. The kids are back in school. And fall conference season is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I tend to read more fun, lighthearted books during the summer months. Then I break out the business books in the fall.
So, I’ve been looking for recommendations for my business book list. Personally, I think I’m off to an awesome start. Here are a few books I have set aside:
“The Pivot” by Lori Michele Leavitt. This book focuses on helping leaders drive organizational change and achieve momentum. I can’t think of a more timely subject. Organizations and their leaders are being asked to pivot constantly. Sometimes by design. Other times because it’s necessary for business survival. One of the things I like about this book is that it includes a Pivot/Aligned Momentum Assessment.
“Humans@Work” is a compilation of essays from human resources professionals on the value of people in the workplace. It includes writing from a couple of my favorites – Jeff Nally and Shelly Trent. And when you purchase this book, a portion of the proceeds benefit the SHRM Foundation, the research arm of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
A few months ago, I interviewed Pandit Dasa about leadership and mindfulness. We met in person during the WorkHuman Conference (pioneered by Globoforce) and he was very kind to give me a copy of his book, “Urban Monk”. And yes, this book is about exactly what the title implies, being a monk in New York City. I’ve been looking for the perfect moment to start reading this one and I believe up at 37,000 feet without any mobile devices will be the place.
Now, I must admit that I rarely re-read books, but one I’m planning to read a second time is Steve Browne’s “HR on Purpose”. Steve is the executive director of HR at LaRosa’s Pizza and a SHRM board member. I had the opportunity to read Steve’s book prior to publication. Now, that’s it’s been on the bookstore shelves for a few months, I’m going to pick it up again. This book is focused on everyday human resources and how to be engaged with the profession.
I think my reading list will keep me busy for a while. I’m curious. What’s on your fall business reading list?
Image captured by Sharlyn Lauby at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas, NV16