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The list of cautionary tales of things which can go wrong at Christmas
parties is longer than the most enthusiastic child’s letter to Santa.
BY ANGUS MACINNIS, STEVENSVUARAN LAWYERS
THE MINDFULNESS APP
Get help finding your
workplace zen with this
popular meditation app.
It’s simple for any novice to
use, with guided meditation
sessions ranging from three
to 30 minutes.
Helpful reminders also
pop up throughout the
day and, like most apps,
you can customise the
experience to suit you.
Some find the guided voice
too distracting, in which
case you can opt for the
‘silent’ meditation with soft
Head to ahri.com.au/
bookshop for more book
titles. AHRI members
receive a 10 per cent
discount on purchases.
If you’re an AHRI
member who’s keen to
review a book from the
AHRI bookshop, email
your details to hrm@
GILL OSCAR CAHRI,
ENGAGED: UNLEASHING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S POTENTIAL
THROUGH EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT
LINDA HOLBECHIE AND GEOFFREY MATTHEWS, JOSSEY-BASS/WILEY,
RRP: $52.95 (HARDBACK) AND $34.99 (EBOOK)
Linda Holbechie is an adjunct or visiting
professor at a number of universities and
Geoffrey Matthews is an H R executive at
Merck KGaA. They make a strong team.
Their book defines engagement
as an attitude of mind enabling
good performance in tune with an
organisation’s mission. That is, it involves
a relationship between the organisation
and its employees.
The authors consider existing
engagement measures such as those by
Towers Watson, Gallup and Kenexa.
They also propose their own, with
four dimensions of engagement: voice,
connection, scope and support.
Interestingly, the authors critique
SMART goals in favour of FAMIC goals:
few and focused; aligned internally
and organisationally; build mastery;
incremental and controllable.
A well-structured and presented book;
I recommend it as a serious look at an
GPS FOR YOUR ORGANISATION
NICHOLAS BARNETT, MAJOR STREET PUBLISHING, RRP: $29.95
GPS For Your Organisation aims to
breathe life into organisations’ worthy
but unloved statements of vision,
mission, values and strategic priorities.
As you’d expect from its endorsement
by Ken Blanchard, it’s a quick read
packed with practical, easy-to-apply tips.
Australian author Nicholas Barnett
presents five steps for creating an
integrated 30-word GPS (which
stands for ‘guidance and positioning
statement’). It seems as simple to do as
to read about. He then describes
a five-stage process from development
The final appendix has a worked
example based on Insync Surveys, of
which Barnett is the executive chair and
a former CEO. It’s cross-promotion, but
it’s more than that. It’s evidence that
Barnett is a true practitioner – a leader
who has spent many years getting to
the heart of what is really important in
THE CHIEF HR OFFICER: DEFINING THE NEW ROLE OF HUMAN RESOURCE LEADERS
PATRICK M. WRIGHT, JOHN BOUDREAU, DAVID PACE, LIBBY SARTAIN, PAUL MCKINNON AND
RICHARD ANTOINE, JOSSEY-BASS/WILEY, RRP: $76.95 (HARDBACK) AND $61.99 (EBOOK)
This selection of articles by experts in
the field offers an accurate, realistic view
of the multitude of hats an HR leader is
required to wear. Positive and negative
challenges are arranged in six sections,
with a selection of tips to assist in
managing these trials.
Suppor ted by research and packed with
insight, the book focuses on how HR
leadership has evolved and is becoming
increasingly recognised as a tool to
increase strategic advantages while
maintaining the operational tasks many
were originally employed to do. It’s a
reminder that we face the bigger picture
of the workplace’s strategic links on a
A valuable read for newcomers wanting
an insight into the profession and more
experienced practitioners alike.
DIRECTOR OF CSO
OF L ATEMORE
19/11/14 5:04 PM
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