CPHR BC & Yukon Reads

There are shelves of business literature at every bookstore and it’s hard to know which book is worth exploring. The following are recommendations from CPHR BC & Yukon members, organized by the functional competencies for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. It’s your source for your next impactful, insightful or helpful read.

Have a recommendation? Send it to info@cphrbc.ca and we will post it for all to reference.


Impact the organization and human resources practices by bringing to bear a strategic perspective that is informed by economic, societal, technological, political, and demographic trends to enhance the value of human resources.

  • Good to Great
    Collins, J.

Professional Practice

Undertake human resources role and responsibilities and build productive relationships consistent with standards of practice with due diligence and integrity to balance the interests of all parties.

  • The Situational Leader
    Dr. Paul Hersey
  • HR from the Heart: Inspiring Stories and Strategies for Building the People Side of Great Business
    Libby Sartain


Promote engagement, commitment, and motivation of employees by developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative strategies to enhance productivity, morale, and culture.

  • Delivering Happiness
    Tony Hsieh
  • Leading Change
    Kotter, J.
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    Patrick Lencioni
  • Drive
    Daniel Pink

Workforce Planning and Talent Management

Create a workforce plan by identifying current and future talent needs to support the organization’s goals and objectives.

  • Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay
    Kaye, B. and Jordan Evans, S.
  • Your CEO Succession Playbook: How to Pass The Torch So Everyone WIns
    Natalie Michael and Brian Conlin

Labour and Employee Relations

Promote a collaborative work environment between the employer, the union (where it exists), employees, and other representative groups through clear and open communication to achieve a respectful, productive, and engaged workforce.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
    Patrick Lencioni

Total Rewards

Create a total rewards structure that encompasses compensation, pensions, benefits, and perquisites to maintain consistency, fairness, and organizational competitiveness, comply with legal requirements, and encourage desired behaviour.

Learning and Development

Identify organizational learning priorities aligned with the business strategy using key stakeholder involvement to ensure appropriate learning and optimal return-on-investment.

Health, Wellness, and Safe Workplace

Promote the health and safety of employees through an understanding of legislation, regulations, and standards to increase organizational awareness, ensure compliance, and manage risk.

  • Leading People Through Disasters: An Action Guide: Preparing for and Dealing with the Human Side of Crises
    Kathryn McKee and Liz Guthridge

Human Resources Metrics, Reporting, and Financial Management

Make informed business decisions using financial and operating information to align human resources with business strategy.

  • Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and using Analytics
    Davenport, T. and Kim, J.

Enabling Competencies

Capabilities expected of most professionals in any area of business.

  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
    Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • The Confidence Code
    Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
  • The Being Leader: Tracing the ‘Inner Path’ of Legendary Leaders
    Sujith Ravindran
  • Lean In: Women, work and the will to Lead
    Sheryl Sandberg
  • Fierce Conversations
    Susan Scott
  • Start with Why
    Simon Sinek