8 Great Reads on Cultural Change, Diversity, Recruitment and Talent Management
To prepare for the upcoming CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, I thought I’d take the advice Wes Harmon gave in this blog post last year on making the most of your conference experience, so I set about reading a book by keynote speaker Steve Pemberton — A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past and How He Found a Place Called Home.
Pemberton’s story is one that begins with profound abuse and neglect, yet ends (spoiler alert!) in victory with him overcoming his tough situation through hope and courage.
It’s tempting to think that Pemberton’s story is an extraordinary case — one that can’t be applied in an ordinary setting. You hear a story like his and might think, “Hey, that’s great, but my life is ordinary; I don’t have challenges that serious.”
Think again. Although Pemberton’s story is extreme, it’s one to which we can all relate. Have you ever been bothered by your fear of change? Have you ever felt as though you weren’t getting the whole truth about something? Have you ever experienced a situation in which your voice wasn’t being heard? If so, you’ll find a commonality with Pemberton, and perhaps be inspired to take on your own troubles, however small or seemingly unextraordinary your situation might be.
CUPA-HR will also welcome Lisa Bodell, innovation leader and futurist, to its upcoming conference. Don Harris, senior vice president of national education markets for VALIC (sponsor of Bodell’s keynote presentation at the conference) recently shared his thoughts with me on Bodell’s book, Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution:
“Culture can be a wonderful thing (especially for yogurt), but let’s face it: there are times when an organization’s culture can inhibit employees from taking risks or breaking away from organizational conformity. Bodell’s book is a uniquely challenging toolkit for breaking through the status quo and creating a culture that can foster innovation. I think almost everyone, at some point, has worked somewhere in which they could have benefited from a hearty round of ‘kill the stupid rule.’ Some of her exercises are surprisingly simple, but getting your institution or department to the point of trying them may take some courage.”
Many of CUPA-HR’s other conference speakers have authored books on the topics they’ll share with more than 900 attendees later this month in San Antonio. Those books include:
- Current Practices in 360 Degree Feedback: A Benchmark Study of North American Companies by Dale S. Rose, Ph.D.
- Faculty Retirement: Best Practices for Navigating the Transition edited by Claire Van Ummersen, Jean McLaughlin and Lauren Duranleau
- Search Committees: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Faculty, Staff and Administrative Searches by Christopher Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
- Talent Management in Research Libraries (to be published in November 2014) by Elida Lee, Ed.D. and Meredith A. Taylor
- The Department Chair as Transformative Diversity Leader: Building Inclusive Learning Environments in Higher Education by Edna Chun and Alvin Evans
- The New Talent Acquisition Frontier: Integrating HR and Diversity Strategy in the Private and Public Sectors and Higher Education by Edna Chun and Alvin Evans
I encourage you to check out these books (whether you’re going to the conference or not!). If you are planning to attend, you’ll expand your understanding of the topics you’ll hear at the conference, and if you’re not going to be in Texas with us, you’ll be there in spirit by exploring these topics on your own.
What’s your latest victory in the workplace? How did you make yourself heard by someone who wasn’t listening at first? What success have you had ending the status quo? What innovation have you been a part of recently? Share your experiences in the comments section below or share the title of your favorite HR or business-related book.