Spotlight on Human Resources Books: Small Business Book Awards

It’s been said that small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy.  But people are the lifeblood of a small business.

Human resource issues are unique in the small business environment. Our size not only allows us to respond to the market with greater speed (a plus), but we also feel the impact of team dynamics more aggressively (the good, the bad and the ugly).

This brings me to today’s feature category for the Best of 2010 Small Business Awards.  This post is the 2nd in our 6-part series putting the spotlight on the books in each category of the Book Awards.  (See yesterday’s post on entrepreneurship books.)  Today’s spotlight is on Human Resources books.

Vote! 2010 Small Business Book AwardsThe Human Resources category is the smallest category in the Awards, with just 4 books.  Yet, don’t underestimate the punch that these 4 books deliver.  Whether the topic is discovering what motivates us as businesspeople; coping with jerks in the workplace;  giving employees respect; or climbing the career ladder — the topics are of great interest to people individually and can have a significant impact on your business’s bottom line.

The 4 Human Resource books that are nominated so far, include:

Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work
Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT
by Paul Marciano

The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us
by Daniel Pink

Getting to the Top
Strategies for Career Success
by Kathryn Ullrich

No Jerks on the Job
Who They Are, They Harm They Do, and Ridding Them from Your Workplace
by Ron Newton

For good Human Resource reads, check out the nominated books in the category. Vote. Nominate. Read. Share.

If you don’t see your favorites, then nominate them. In the meantime, happy Human Resources.


Jamillah Warner Jamillah Warner (Ms.J), a poet with a passion for business, is a Georgia-based writer and speaker and the Marketing Coordinator at Nobuko Solutions. She also provides marketing and communication quick tips in her getCLEAR! MicroNewsletter.

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  1. Thanks for the list of great books. In addition to the books you have mentioned above, there is another book that I feel every human resource manager must have…”From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor” by Andria Corso… It is a great desk reference for HR leaders.