OutsourceHR's Business Book Blog

August 26, 2018

The author teaches us to recognize our habits good and bad.  How to identify our bad ones as they occur and how to defeat them by determining what triggers them, how we react to them and by identifying the rewards we feel by succumbing to them.

In order to modify a habit, we must decide to change it.  We must consciously accept the hard work of identifying the cues and rewards that drive the habit's routines, and find alternatives.  We must know that we have control and be self-conscious enough to use it.

Habits are the unthinking choices and invisible decisions that surround us every day - and which, just by looking at them, CAN become visible again.

I couldn't put this book down.  I loved that this book would jump from one supporting story to another, but stories that came from completely different sides of the spectrum and real history. 

It was engaging and provided an eye opening perspective in how to use the knowledge to change what needs to be changed in...

January 6, 2018

I sit on a panel of entrepreneurs at the University of Calgary where we share our journeys and encourage students. 

One day we were asked, "If we could recommend one book to the students what book would that be?"  This was the recommendation of one of our most inspiring panel participants.  She has recently successfully transformed one of our country's national bank's recruitment and on-boarding process.  I was especially interested to find out what had inspired her.

The book may at first seem as though it is more of a self-help book than a business tool, but it in fact adds a lot of value to those of us that struggle with their creative side in all areas of life.

This book takes us through a journey into our own intuition and creativity.  It teaches us not to fear failure or disappointment, to push forward anyways with our unique and innovative ideas.  Everyone fails in life at some point and it's nothing to be ashamed of, but living without creativity and c...

August 2, 2017

This book receives my highest recommendation for HR professionals and business owners alike.  One can only benefit from this read.  It provides a detailed blueprint of how to transform HR in the business from a transactional function to a strategic, transformational and highly valuable asset.

This book is written by the The RBL Institute which includes some of the top HR Consultants including David Ulrich.  It is based on studies and research driven by hundreds of companies and thousands of Executives and their feedback & experience.

It is the book that transformed my career and the one in my collection with the most post-it flags and reference points.

If you are looking to redesign HR in your business, I highly recommend starting with this book.

Book Review by Alicia Bolton, President & CEO @ OutsourceHR

February 24, 2017

OutsourceHR - Beyond Engagement by Brady Wilson takes us into the future focusing on maximizing on your team members talent through energy discussions and meeting their driving needs.

March 15, 2016

This book offers subtle take-aways for middle managers, newly appointed executives and teams.  It is a fictional story about an organization in Silicon Valley with a “broken at the beginning” leadership team.  In comes the new CEO, Kathryn, with no experience in their industry, however possessing an “amazing talent” for building teams.  After all, as the book indicates, Jack Welch the Chairman & CEO of General Electric didn’t have to be an expert on toaster manufacturing to make GE a giant success (although we should give him credit for his degree in chemical engineering) and Herb Kelleher didn’t have to spend a lifetime flying airplanes to build Southwest Airlines.

Now some great quotes from the book:

  • “A fractured team is a like a broken arm or leg, fixing it is always painful, and sometimes you have to rebreak it to make it heal correctly.  And the rebreak hurts a lot more than the initial break, because you have to do it on purpose” – the “breaking” represents...

A business book that includes an online quiz and improvement strategies = engagement.  This book begins with explaining the value of an individual's emotional intelligence "EQ" score vs their intelligence quotient "IQ" score.  Something that fascinated me were the metrics and statistics gathered by the authors.  EQ is so critical; it accounts for 58% of performance in all jobs.  Also, on a 100-point scale, every added EQ point adds $1,300.00 to an annual salary.  In other terms, people with high EQ scores make an average of $29,000 more per year than people with low EQ scores.  These statistics definitely peaked my interest.

What does emotional intelligence look like?

First we need to understand the four EQ skills which are:

1.  Self Awareness - your ability to accurately perceive your own emotions in the moment and understand your tendencies across situations.

2.  Self Management - your ability to use your awareness of your emotions to stay flexible...

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