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off the shelf WHAT’S WORTH READING B Y A LY S O N N Y I R I , C H R P FEAR YOUR STRENGTHS: WHAT YOU ARE BEST AT COULD BE YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM Robert E. Kaplan & Robert B. Kaiser Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013 QUIET INFLUENCE: THE INTROVERT’S GUIDE TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE Jennifer B. Kahnweiler Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013 EMOTIONAL VAMPIRES AT WORK: DEALING WITH BOSSES AND COWORKERS WHO DRAIN YOU DRY Albert J. Bernstein McGraw-Hill, 2013 TALKING POINT What style is favoured in your company? Forceful leadership? Enabling leadership? Does gender play a role here? Do you think strategic and operational leadership abilities can be combined? Despite the humorous title, Bernstein offers his insight into how human minds operate gained through his 40 years as a psychologist and business consultant. With eerie clarity, Bernstein describes the most difficult and draining people we will encounter at work and offers tips on how to gain some control over our interactions with emotional vampires such as the antisocials, histronics, narcissists, obsessive-compulsives, and paranoids. Importantly, Bernstein covers the types of organizational cultures that can attract, breed, and nurture emotional vampires. TALKING POINT To succeed in the leadership field leaders must find their strengths and maximize them. Surprisingly, the authors offer this caution to readers: while it’s a good thing to discover your strengths, overplayed strengths are often at the root of career failure. In the course of their work, the authors report two core dualities that confront all leaders: to combine being forceful as well as enabling and to have both a strategic focus and an operational focus. This dynamic tension forms the core of organizational issues focused on by managers. In a world that favours the extrovert, introverts often feel overlooked. Kahnweiler reminds introverts that they are effective influencers when they focus on their natural strengths instead of trying to act like extroverts. She has created a selfassessment for introverts called the Quiet Influence Quotient (QIQ) which helps to identify current strengths and improvement opportunities. Filled with anecdotes, assessments and reflection points, Quiet Influence supports and encourages introverts to capitalize on their particular methods of influence. TALKING POINT Should performance appraisals account for introverted work styles? Is there a benefit surfacing this in appraisals? To survive working with or for an emotional vampire, Bernstein says we need employ slow thinking. Emotional vampires use fast thinking which dumbs down the complexity of issues to two-category thinking—good versus evil. What types of vampires lurk in your organization? DECISIVE: HOW TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN LIFE AND WORK Chip & Dan Heath Random House, 2013 Biases undermine decisions. Quite often we put too much weight on the information right in front of us. Drawn from an exhaustive study of decision-making literature, the Heaths have fashioned a four-step process to counter-act biases: widen your options, reality-test your assumptions, attain distance before deciding, and prepare to be wrong. The Heaths provide numerous examples of how their model can be applied to personal, career and organizational choices. TALKING POINT As we have come to expect from the Heath brothers, more resources are available online at Here you will find workbooks, decision situations, podcasts and book club guide. H R PROM AG .C OM S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 3 43 http://www.HRPROMAG.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - September 2013

Editor’s Letter
Leadership Matters
Legal Words
Embracing Loss: Succession Planning for Sudden Departures
Motivating Gen Y
Looking Ahead 10 Years: Top Challenges Facing HR
Making Connections for Immigrant HR Professionals
Interview with an HR Hero: Rod Jackson, MPP
Off the Shelf
The Last Word

HR Professional - September 2013