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Open House and Book Sale at the Center for the History of Psychology

November 14, 2011

For two days (Nov. 16 – 1 – 4 pm, Nov. 17 – 10am – 1 pm) the Center for the History of Psychology at The University of Akron will have an Open House, tours, and book sale. The Center for the History of Psychology is located on The University of Akron campus at 73 College Street […]

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HR Research Resource

June 7, 2011

Over the years, the National Academy of Sciences has published a number of books describing the results of research on human resource topics. The big plus is that as of June 2, 2011 all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable free of charge.  To access the books go […]

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Workbook for Caring about Education

March 22, 2011

Who Cares: Improving Public Schools Through Relationships and Customer Service, by Kelly E. Middleton and Elizabeth Pettit, provides what is described as “ a call to arms for all proponents of public schools.” I view their text as being more of a workbook for creating engagement among public school stakeholders. The book discusses the importance […]

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Workforce and Succession Planning

March 30, 2010

A local Hudson author, Jeffrey Gross has tapped his consulting experience to put together an excellent guide to strategic workforce and succession planning. The book is Workforce Planning: 90 Day Action Plan Handbook.  What I like about this guide is that it is practical, organized, and presents a step by step approach. Many organizations put […]

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Sustaining a Paradigm Shift through Sustainability

February 12, 2010

A quick book review of The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift by Andres Edwards, from new Society Publishers. If you are wondering what the Sustainability fad is all about, then this is a good starting point. Sustainability seems to be all around us, and shouted by every business and group, and this book […]

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Leading Global Change – Book Review

February 11, 2010

This is a quick book review of Strategic Learning and Leading Change by Stephen John, from the Elsevier New Frontiers in Learning Series. John's book has a lot of positive aspects. This is basically the story of a global company undergoing significant changes, and the role HR plays in shaping such changes. HR leaders undergoing such […]

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Marshall Goldsmith’s Succession: Are You Ready (2009) Harvard Business Press

September 1, 2009

Marshall Goldsmith’s Succession: Are You  Ready (2009) Harvard Business Press This book is in the Memo to the CEO series. I previously reviewed the book by Steve Kerr on rewards and was highly impressed by Kerr’s title in the series. The Memo to the CEO series involves very small, short books. As such, they could easily […]

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Reward Systems – Book Summary

May 30, 2009

Steve Kerr, former chief learning officer for General Electric and Goldman Sachs, has written a short book on Reward Systems: Does Yours Measure Up? The book is in the Harvard Business Press Memo to the CEO series. However, any employee at any level can learn valuable lessons from the enjoyable book.

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Book Review: Helping

May 6, 2009

Almost all of us have encountered the confusing situation where we offer someone help, but our offer of help is refused. Edgar Schein has written a new book entitled “Helping: How to offer, give and receive help,” which is available from Berrett/Kohler or online bookstores. The book analyzes the difference between effective and ineffective help […]

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Book Review: Transforming Assessment

April 29, 2009

Transformative Assessment by W. James Popham is written for an educational audience, but has much to offer for the human resource or training and development professional. The book deals with formative assessment in education. It explains the research on formative assessment and how to build a framework for instruction based on assessment. However, given the […]

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