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    Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management

CPD Scheme 2009/2010

    List of Recommended HR and management books Top

1. Addicted to Stress A Woman‘s 7-Step Program to reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in


    2. Bench Strength

    3. Blue Ocean Strategy

    4. Change or Die : How to Transform Your Organisation from the Inside Out 5. Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney 6. Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking when Stakes are High 7. Developing Mental Toughness

    8. Do The Right Thing

    9. First, Break All the Rules ―What the World‘s Greatest Managers Do Differently‖ 10. Generation Y: thriving (and surviving) with Generation Y

    11. FL!P: How counter-intuitive thinking is changing everything from branding and

    strategy to technology and talent

    12. How full is your bucket?: positive strategies for work and life

    13. Learned Optimism How to change your mind and your life

    14. Managing humans: biting and humorous tales of a software engineering manager 15. Messages: The Communication Skills Book

    16. Outlearning the Wolves

    17. Quiet Leadership

    18. Quiet leadership: help people think better - don't tell them what to do! : six steps to

    transforming performance at work

    19. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success

    20. Strengths Based Leadership

    21. The 8th Habit : From Effectiveness to Greatness

    22. The Leader of the Future 2 - Visions, Strategies, and Practices for the New Era 23. The Leadership Pipeline: How to build the leadership-powered company 24. The Levity Effect

    25. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

    26. The Three Signs of Miserable Job

    27. The Truth About Managing People

    28. The World is Flat

    29. Understanding Organizations

    30. Unlimited Power

    31. Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

    32. Winning the Talent War: The 8 Essentials

    33. 《自來水哲學》松下幸之助自傳 (Matsushita Kounosuke Yume Wo Sodateru)

    HKIHRM CPD Scheme 2009/2010 Updated as at 18 June 2009 List of Recommended HR and management books

1. Name of the book: Addicted to Stress A Woman’s 7-Step Program to reclaim

    Joy and Spontaneity in Life, by Debbie Mandel (2008)

    Publisher: Jossey-Bass

    ISBN: 978-0-470-34375-3

    In this book, stress management expert and radio personality Debbie Mandel introduces a highly original program for stress reduction for women. The program comprises several proven steps to help women overcome daily stressors.

These steps are:

     Be aware of your own stress addiction

     Reclaim your identity

     Learn to become a healthy narcissist

     Build a healthy body

     Cultivate your sense of fun and humour

     Reframe your thoughts

The signs of a stress addict:

     The loose mind

     The dramatic vocabulary

     The great performer

     The guilty sinner

     The sacrificial giver

     The inattention listener

     The greater controller

     The stern inner critic

     Hooked on pain

    The book offers practical advice, real-life examples to illustrate her analysis, tips for curing stress addiction, questionnaires to help the reader tap into her submerged identity and to rate her self-esteem and a self test for addiction awareness. It is a must read for busy women who need to juggle a career with family and personal commitments.


HKIHRM CPD Scheme 2009/2010 Updated as at 18 June 2009 List of Recommended HR and management books

2. Name of the book: Bench Strength, by Robert Barner (2006)

    Publisher: American Management Association

    ISBN: 0-8144-0884-2

The book focuses on talent management strategy for organizations.

    There are altogether eleven chapters, starting with Chapter One to discuss why talent management is important to organizational effectiveness and how effective talent management strategy looks like. Then, the author discusses what and how to select the CTO (Chief Talent Officer), a key person who needs to take care of one of the most important company assets - Intellectual Capital. The other chapters are devoted to discuss various talent management strategies.

    This book can give an overview of the talent management strategy, in which company executives need to decide the followings:

    Why and how a company adopts an effective talent management strategy; Who to select to manage the strategies;

    The talent selection/development criteria;

    The "Buy" or "Make" Strategy;

    Which "Talent Acquisition" strategy to adopt, i.e. "World-Class", "Best-in-Industry", "Trade-in" or "Build-out" Strategy;

    Which "Talent Development" strategy to use, i.e. "Capstone", "Foundation", "Stream" or "Pool" Strategy.

    How to implement successfully.

    In the book, the author has discussed the pros and cons of various strategies, illustrated with different case studies. This book can provide an overview for executives who want to examine or review their companies' talent management strategies.


    HKIHRM CPD Scheme 2009/2010 Updated as at 18 June 2009 List of Recommended HR and management books

3. Name of the book: Blue Ocean Strategy, by W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne


    Publisher: Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation

    ISBN: 1-59139-619-0

    Blue Ocean Strategy is what you would typically call a marketing book, but in the era when Human Resources is a business partner and the function itself a business, marketing strategy can hardly be ignored. Besides, the book offers some very good ideas on product development that should not be missed.

This is how the authors describe the strategy: ―Instead of dividing up existing- and often

    shrinking-demand and benchmarking competitors, blue ocean strategy is about growing demand and breaking away from the competition‖. An example they give is the Cirque du Soleil, the Canadian entertainment production company. The circus industry suffers a profound decline in recent years: various kinds of urban live entertainment, sporting events, PlayStation …, all eat into the market, not to mention the sentiment among animal rights groups against the exploit of animals in circuses. Cirque du Soleil succeeds not by taking customers from the already shrinking circus industry, but by creating an uncontested new market space that made the competition irrelevant. It appeals to a whole new group of customers: adults and corporate clients prepared to pay a price several times as much as traditional circuses for an unprecedented entertainment experience. Acrobats and other thrilling acts are retained, but their roles are reduced and made more elegant by the addition of artistic flair and intellectual wonder to the acts. It also offers new ―non-circus‖ factors, such as a story line, intellectual richness, artistic music and dance, and multiple productions. By borrowing ideas from theatres and Broadway shows, Cirque du Soleil has dramatically increased demand.

    What is it for HR professionals? This reviewer thinks of the recruitment model adopted by Fifteen, a high-end London restaurant established by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Instead of tapping into a competitive employment market of young waiters, waitresses and chefs whose quality is uncertain and turnover is high, Fifteen invites disadvantaged young people to be apprentices in a fine-dining restaurant where pressure is huge and work is tough. Mentors are provided to guide the apprentices through professional and life issues. Successful and ambitious apprentices will be referred to other famous restaurants to be professional chefs, and some would even be assisted to start up their own establishment. This is not to undermine Oliver‘s intention of creating sustainable

    social enterprise, but this model does help Fifteen in recruiting and training contributing and passionate staff who often are desperately lacking in similar restaurants.

    Blue ocean strategy is about reaching beyond existing demand, and it provides a pathway for HR professionals who are looking for an expanding contribution in organizations. Instead of just improving what are always being done (like recruitment, payroll and management of training, which are all important), HR should also supply the service and product which the management has not thought of demanding: for example, a human capital analysis that helps the company to know its strengths and weaknesses, and a comprehensive manpower plan that contributes significantly the solving of short-term problems and the meeting of long-term objectives. The book suggests ways to formulate and execute blue ocean strategy, which would be insightful for HR professionals who want to grow demand on themselves.


    HKIHRM CPD Scheme 2009/2010 Updated as at 18 June 2009 List of Recommended HR and management books


HKIHRM CPD Scheme 2009/2010 Updated as at 18 June 2009 List of Recommended HR and management books

4. Name of the book: Change or Die : How to Transform Your Organisation from

    the Inside Out, by David Dealy with Andrew R. Thomas (2006)

    Publisher: Praeger Publishers