Best of HR books: June 2024

We delve into the latest book releases for HR professionals.

Strategy and Leadership as Service

Author: Sara Daw

Publisher: Routledge

Price: £31.99

Is a full-time leadership team really necessary? What if we outsourced it, like marketing, PR or, dare we say it, HR? In Strategy and Leadership as Service, Sara Daw makes the case that it’s a lot cheaper for businesses to bring on leaders as and when they are needed – and a lot less stressful for leaders, too.

Read more: What to do when leadership fails

Internal Communication Strategy

Author: Rachel Miller

Publisher: Kogan Page

Price: £31.99

Designed as an all-in-one guide to developing and delivering an effective internal communications strategy, Rachel Miller’s aptly named book draws on 20 years’ experience in the sector to give leaders a defined structure. Internal Communication Strategy contains up-to-date advice, tackling topics like how to communicate with neurodivergent staff, and how best to measure success.

Re-writing your Leadership Code 

Authors: Shlomo Ben-Hur, Nik Kinley 

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Price: £27.97

Faced with short timelines and an overwhelming tidal wave of data, many leaders find themselves relying on their instincts to get by. To Shlomo Ben-Hur and Nik Kinley, this presented a curious idea: that many leaders’ actions are determined by tendencies learned in an early age. Re-writing this natural code, they claim, could be the key to great leadership.

Working Assumptions

Author: Julia Hobsbawn

Publisher: Whitefox

Price: £15

Julia Hobsbawn returns to print after the success her previous book, The Nowhere Office, published in 2022, to deliver Working Assumptions, a dissection of what we have learned about work in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the birth of AI. Diving into the past, future and present of work, Hobsbawn argues that we live in ‘the Amazing Age,’ an era of massively accelerated technological and social change, challenge, and opportunity.

No Silver Bullet 

Author: Steve Hearsum 

Publisher: Funky Otter Press 

Price: £15.99

Armed with a foreword from HR royalty Dave Ulrich, No Silver Bullet is a business guidebook that bursts the bubble of so many others.

According to author Steve Hearsum, there is no quick fix in business.

Change management, he argues, is a complex problem, needing complex answers. This book aims to champion holistic, considered approaches.


This article was published in the May/June 2024 edition of HR magazine. Subscribe today to have all our latest articles delivered right to your desk.