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A frequently updated list of the latest and most useful books to improve your employee management skills.

We Need To Talk: Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations

It's been said that diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in a manner such that the person looks forward to the trip. Phrasing our words correctly and precisely is a hallmark of an inspiring leader. However it's not just a quality that some people are born with and others not. Inspiring leadership qualities, the ability to communicate and inspire is a strategy that can be learned and cultivated. This book tackles the difficult conversations in business and provides insights into how to manage them so that they do not spiral out of control. And control is what this book is all about. How to take control of employee expectations, how to take control of your own work situation, how to take control of a potentially stressful workplace event and teaches you easy to understand steps that will allow you to see the underlying self-interests and address the issue in a manner that is dignified and satisfactory to both yourself and those you work with. Inspiring leadership is a quality that is learned and cultivated. This book is a thoughtful introduction to becoming a better leader and along the way improving your own quality of life and that of those around you.

The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You

Nothing compares to experience for developing insight and clarity of vision. Bill Barnett, the author of The Strategic Career has over twenty years experience in the field of career development, including teaching at Yale University. In this book he lays out the principles of creating a purposeful strategy for advancing your career, both long term and short term. This book is worthy of consideration even if you're happy with your career because the ideas and actionable advice (real advice, not theories) can be useful to you in helping employees find a meaningful fit within your organization. This book is useful. It is filled with case studies, examples, and solid experience-backed advice for creating a plan for a satisfying career.

The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention

A modern classic that literally must be read by every HR and management professional. This is the classic book on Stay Interviews, published by the Society of Human Resources and Management (SHRM). In fact, it's SHRM's highest selling book ever published- and for good reason! The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention provides insights into how to keep your best employees, how to create lines of quality communication and step by step processes to use to improve your organization. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every manager responsible for employees. Purchase multiple copies and get the entire management team working together to create a workplace where employees are enthusiastic to stay. hrVillage strongly recommends this book among the top of the top 100 books every management professional should read.

Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss: A Manager's Playbook

The follow up to the popular book about talent retention, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em: Getting Good People to Stay, this book is another must-read handbook for improving performance management, employee engagement and talent retention. This book discusses the concept of "Stay Interviews," and presents a fresh perspective on this fairly new process for cultivating engaged employees, discovering latent issues to solve before they poison the employee-employer relationship and retaining the most talented and productive employees. While there are other good books on this topic, we feel there is much in it to reward the reader because multiple viewpoints create a richer understanding.

Culture and Project Management: Managing Diversity in Multicultural Projects

Written by a leading authority on project management, this book details managing multicultural project management that spans contintents as well as in the workplace. Culture and diversity of backgrounds can influence a project in unforeseen ways. This book is for you if you are involved in the planning, management or completion of a project involving employees from diverse backgrounds.

The Tao of Coaching: Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You (Profile Business Classics)

Arriving just in time for summer reading, this book promises to show you how to inspire and help your employees meet their daily goals. An international best seller, newly updated. Good management begins with the ability to lead. A must read for management professionals with an open mind to improving their effectiveness.

Us vs. Them: Redefining the Multi-Generational Workplace to Inspire Your Employees to Love Your Company, Drive Innovation, and Embrace Change

A well written and engaging book that examines the multigeneraional workplace and provides a roadmap for overcoming real cultural differences in the workplace. This book is filled with insights and is already receiving high praise from industry experts and actual business leaders.

Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World

The ideas contained in this book are the very definition of radical and disruptive. The fact that several wildly successful organizations have used the concept of Holocracy to organize the workplace means that it deserves your attention, so as to be able to speak confidently and knowledgeably about the topic. Holocracy is the management practice that does away with the bureaucratic layers of management and replaces it with employees who are responsive, responsible and more productive. Most famously used by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, to create a responsive and engaged workplace. This is one of the most important developments in workplace management in decades and deserves the attention of forward looking managers and HR professionals.

Agile Talent: How to Source and Manage Outside Experts

This book uses case studies of Fortune 500 companies to illustrate strategies that allow a company to innovate. The authors show how companies like Apple have been hiring strategic thinkers across a wide range of disciplines outside of their core business in order to bring new ways of finding solutions. This promises to be a stimulating book.