Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career, a good way to improve your career and be the best professional you can be is to read (and read, and read) books relevant to your industry. Our Director of Human Resources, Kim Marzano, has a library of books in her office that she regularly refers to for inspiration. In no particular order, her top books are:
1. Good to Great by Jim Collins
Based on a five-year study conducted by Collins and his research team, the book introduces the characteristics that can make a good company, or even a mediocre or bad company, go from good to great. It can be summed up in the quote, "It's difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work."
2. The Little Book of Leadership by Jeffrey Gitomer
Kim received Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Book of Leadership from a mentor a few years ago and has given this book as a gift to new managers. A quick, easy read, this book contains motivating leadership reminders and proven methods for becoming a successul leader.
3. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Through his tale of a CEO trying to unite a leadership team in utter disarray, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions at the heart of why teams often struggle. Does the CEO succeed? How does the leadership team react? This is one book that Kim and our leadership team read over and over!
4. Love 'Em or Lose 'Em by Beverly Kaye
We rely heavily on our human assets. Engaging and retaining good employees is critical to a company's success. From Kim, "I love this book. I read it before the appraisal process. There are some great questions to guide you through participative discussions in one-on-ones as well. "
Bonus reads recommended by our Director of Learning and Talent Management, Dannette Nicastro: Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond by Bruce Weinstein and 90 Days, 90 Ways: Onboarding Young Professionals to Peak Performance by Alexia Vernon.
Tell us: What are your top HR reads?