A few people asked me to share my reading list as I learnt HR. A warning — I believe Management, HR & Leadership are deeply intertwined — so I make no efforts to separate them.
I believe business leaders should understand people quite deeply — similarly, HR folks need to understand business & strategy a lot more.
Also — I have been operating in the startup & growth world, so there is a heavy bias towards those.
I have tried ordering them in descending order of value to me.
- High Output Management — Andy Grove (The Bible of management)
- First break all the rules — Marcus Buckingham (Insights about what the best managers do. Driving a strength focused culture — This resonated deeply with me & I then went on to read a series of books by Tom Rath, Clifton & Marcus Buckingham)
- Its not the How or the What but the Who — Fernandez Araoz (The best book on Hiring. Period.)
- The Advantage — Pat Lencioni (Building a great team at the top level)
- The Lean Startup — Eric Ries
- Maverick — Ricardo Semler (A transparent org)
- Hackers & Painters — Paul Graham
- Drive — Dan Pink (Power of Purpose, Autonomy & Mastery is immense)
- How Google Works — Eric & Rosenberg (Great for newcomers to understand culture in a Tech company)
- How Full Is Your Bucket — Tom Rath & Clifton (Reminder to the power of meaningful recognition)
- Crucial Conversations — Kerry Patterson (Great, especially for providing feedback)
- Work Rules — Laszlo Bock (Bunch of good insights — especially on Hiring)
- Good to Great — Jim Collins
- Execution — Ram Charan & Bossidy (Foundational stuff)
- Leadership Pipeline — Ram Charan (Foundational stuff)
- Our Iceberg is Melting — Kotter (Simple, short change management book)
You could access my bookshelf on the topic here — https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/4613?order=d&shelf=hr-mgmt-startup&sort=rating