It's been said that small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy.\u00a0 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.\u00a0 This post is the 2nd in our 6-part series putting the spotlight on the books in each category of the Book Awards.\u00a0 (See yesterday's post on entrepreneurship books.)\u00a0 Today's spotlight is on Human Resources books. The Human Resources category is the smallest category in the Awards, with just 4 books.\u00a0 Yet, don't underestimate the punch that these 4 books deliver.\u00a0 Whether the topic is discovering what motivates us as businesspeople; coping with jerks in the workplace;\u00a0 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\u2019t Work Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT by Paul Marciano Drive 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\u2019t see your favorites, then nominate them. In the meantime, happy Human Resources.