There aren’t many recruiting books published each year. Having already read Laszlo Bock’s book on Google’s hiring philosophy (as we all have by now), you might be wondering what books you should read next, to help your organization attract and hire the best talent.
For your consideration, here is a collection of non-recruiting books that will help you and your company meet strategic goals for the coming year and beyond.
The Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
The title implies that this book will help you tweak and optimize your work performance, but in reality it is far more. These laws are really about building the foundation of how you approach your work. Either from the macro-level – in which you build your recruiting team to the micro-level – in which you connect with prospects and persuade them to consider your offer.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
If you think of your job as simply doing as you are told, you are just someone who works. If you think of your job as finding new ways to get things done, you are an artist (don’t blame me, that’s Seth Godin’s definition). The hard part of being an artist is staring at that blank page or canvas or screen and being overwhelmed with the thought, “no one will like this.” This book, which I try to read each year, is about that struggle and how to overcome those doubts. Every time you write that InMail or pick up the phone, this book will remind you that you are an artist.
The Art of Action by Stephen Bungay
Starting off as a military history, this book dives into a strange idea: that a general doesn’t win because of tactics or resources, but because they build a system that makes victory almost inevitable. For example, in the heat of battle, the general can’t worry about every platoon and regiment on the field. They need to give orders that align to a central achievable objective, but flexible enough to let their troops make decisions on the ground. Wouldn’t your team get more done if they behaved similarly?
Super Better by Jane McGonigal
Having written the book on games a few years ago, McGonigal comes back expanding her scope. While the concept of “gamification” is usually seen as just a gimmick, this book suggests how you can get your team to approach their jobs less like “work” and more like a game to increase team satisfaction, professional growth and performance.
Hug Your Haters by Jay Baer
Technically, this book doesn’t come out until the spring, but the preview copy already makes for an interesting read. Baer wrote this book to explain to company owners how to engage with complainers and complaints differently, in a way that creates more customers and creates higher customer satisfaction. While that’s all well and good, I think recruiters should read this book because it might be the best manual on how to approach your Glassdoor reviews. Companies big and small are still grappling with how to engage with people who leave negative reviews, without sounding canned, inauthentic, or encouraging more negativity. Hug Your Haters should be the first book talent acquisition pros look to when answering those questions.