- The Next 100 Years by George Friedman. Reinforced thinking that we have to solve our immigration issues as it relates to Talent over the next 50 years.
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. How we treat intellectual property as it relates to the human body is going to be an ongoing issue for information sharing, privacy, and human rights.
- Eat to Live by Daniel Furhman. Kicked my bottom back into eating right and healthy.
- Smart and Get Things Done by Joel Spolsky: For those that want to be great leaders of or excellent talent consultants to them in hiring technical (particularly engineers), this is a must read. Straight forward, humor and gives you a feel of the good, suitable talent you want to have on your team.
- Borrowing Brilliance by David Murray: There is nothing new under the sun. That isn’t an excuse, but liberation for us bottom-line folks. David tells his own story (sometimes a bit verbose) and shows how you can find solutions by looking at different time periods, geographies and industries. You don’t have to be right-brained to be creative or find new ideas.
None changed my thinking really, though I did read an old book I love, Atlas Shrugged, for a third time and found fresh insights into business and leadership. The book warns of the threat of excess government trampling the work of free individuals, thereby harming the very engine that creates growth and productivity. Though imperfect like any book, and hyperbolic at times, the core ideas are terribly useful to ponder. Specifically, the ideals of passion, hard work, educated risk taking, and the profound importance of self reliance stand out. They form the very foundation of innovation and entrepreneurial action. In the end I find this work a bit long, but full of truly worthwhile drama and idealism.
The majority of the books I read in 2011 were for research purposes.
- Lean but Agile by William J Rothwell, James Graber, Neil McCormick was the key book for me in 2011. I’ve read this book numerous times in the past few months as I’m one of the authors. Released in January 2012, the final version is confirmation of the importance of rethinking the way we approach human resources. It’s practical and steps the reader through the logic of Lean but Agile and supports this with helpful strategies and processes to achieve the required outcomes.
- Competing on Analytics by Thomas H Davenport Jeanne G Harris This is an interesting concept and was part of the research I’m undertaking to define linkages and return on investment for human resource interventions.
- Bourne Sanction by Robert Ludlum Great read. It gave my brain a rest!