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10 Books HR Leaders Must Read This Holiday Season

UNLEASH recommendations for your holiday switch-off.

@coffentropy via Twenty20

Unleash Your Horizons ‘Tis the season to be jolly and get stuck into a good HR page-turner!

  • Here are some UNLEASH book recommendations for HR leaders to enjoy this holiday season.
  • Topics range from burnout all the way through to everything you need to know to successfully complete an HR project.
  • Expand your thinking with some amazing authors and hot trending topics, and get ready to kickstart your 2021 people strategy.

Can’t Even: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

Anne Helen Petersen

At the core of the millennial reputation are traits like lazy, spoiled, and entitled twenty to thirty-somethings. Millennials love to complain. This is an incendiary examination of burnout in millennials — the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it, and the reasons why we need to change.

Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America

– R. Eric Thomas

This book is exactly what we all need after a gruesome year. Thomas didn’t know he was different until the world told him so. This collection of heartfelt and hysterical essays weave a journey of self-exploration, which will resonate with anyone who has felt pushed to the margins, struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in our dark world.

The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories

– Danielle Evans

In this stellar novella and short stories, Evans looks at particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to racial, cultural, and historical issues. You’ll encounter Black and multi-racial characters who are experiencing lust and love, and getting floored by grief — all while exploring how history haunts us, both individually and collectively. Ultimately, Evans provokes us to think about the truths of American history — about who gets to narrate them and the cost of setting the record straight.

The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work

– Heather E. McGowan

A guide for individuals and organizations navigating the complex and ambiguous future of work and the workplace. This book explores the profound and continuous shifts that are disrupting work and society and provides a solution to think about our careers — our jobs, our titles, and connecting to our sense of purpose.

The Joy of Work: 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love With Your Job Again

– Bruce Daisley

Does the Sunday dread sound familiar? This book is a simple guide to help you get back to enjoying your work. Bruce offers some helpful and simple tips to make your job more productive, more rewarding, and more enjoyable.

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It)

– Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Most leaders may be male but they underperform when compared to their female counterparts. According to the author, the absence of women in leadership roles has less to do with women themselves and more to do with how we interpret leadership traits. 

Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution

– Robert Chesnut

Chesnut leverages human and passion to address shifting cultural norms, creating shared ethics and values in diverse and global workplaces, and dealing with the aftermath of an integrity lapse.


– Erin Meyer & Reed Hastings

Dive into the controversial ideologies at the heart of the Netflix psyche. From hundreds of interviews with and never-before-told stories of trial and error from Hastings’s own career, No Rules Rules is the fascinating and untold account of the philosophy behind one of the world’s most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies.


– Paul Ashcroft & Simon Brown

The Curious Advantage is an exploration of the behavior of curiosity and its central role in the digital age, taking the widest possible exploration of all things curious-historical, contemporary, neuro-scientific, anthropological, behavioral, and business.



UNLEASH’s 8 Golden Rules for Successful HR Projects and Why HR Projects Fail enables HR and business leaders to get the best out of the systems they commission as CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, and CHROs move to completely retool their organizations in 2021.

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