ASR Bookshelf: Your Guide to Assessment-Related Resources

Periodically we will be posting links to resources that we have found from across the web.  We hope you find this information helpful as you navigate through the everyday, and not so everyday, issues facing HR professionals today.  Here’s a list of resources that caught our eye.  As always, we have included a couple of good free publications to the list.

rise of hr

The Rise of HR

The Rise of HR, is a collection of essays by 73 individuals from industry, academia, consulting, government and non-profit organizations that was compiled by Dave Ulrich and others and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. The Rise of HR highlights the critical issues facing organizations and talent professionals who are addressing the growing trend of people as a primary driver of an organization’s success.

IPMA-HR was pleased to contribute to the book with an essay titled “Knowing the Internal and External Public Sector Environment: Applying HR Competencies for Results,” which was written by Fagan Stackhouse, IPMA-CP, HR Director, Charleston County, S.C. and IPMA-HR’s Executive Director Neil Reichenberg and can be found on page 67.

Please share the link for the FREE download of the book with others both within and outside of your organization. (


Assessment Decision Guide

This free guide was developed by the Office of Personnel Management as a resource for agencies designing assessment strategies to fill critical vacancies at all levels. The guide includes information on personnel assessment, assessment methods, and assessment strategy design.


Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

We attempt or avoid difficult conversations every day-whether dealing with an underperforming employee, disagreeing with a spouse, or negotiating with a client. From the Harvard Negotiation Project, the organization that brought you Getting to Yes, Difficult Conversations provides a step-by-step approach to having those tough conversations with less stress and more success. You’ll learn how to:

• Decipher the underlying structure of every difficult conversation
• Start a conversation without defensiveness
• Listen for the meaning of what is not said
• Stay balanced in the face of attacks and accusations
• Move from emotion to productive problem solving


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