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Building Profit Through Building People: Making Your Workforce the Strongest Link in the Value-Profit Chain

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    Spot On, July 8, 2009
    By Michael Gooch "Author of Wingtips with Spurs:... (Texas, USA) - See all my reviews

    Published three years ago, the current HR models in most companies do not adhere to the main principle outlined in this tome. That is, that your most direct path to value and profit is through people.

    This is not an inspirational tome but rather a down-to-earth practical guide for teaching and /or reminding corporate leaders of the need to build people strategies into the business plan.

    An interesting model detailed in the book is titled the 5 Star Management Model which entails steps that I found very similar to total quality management, SMIP, quality circles, quality improvement, etc. (call it what you will). These steps are:

    1. Strategic planning
    2. Goal Setting
    3. Access the current state
    4. Interpret and prioritize
    5. Implement improvement

    The charts and graphs employed are helpful in order to prove the point and also to give the would be implementer a rough outline of the starting place.

    I believe the book could have benefited from better editing from the publisher (SHRM). This is typically not the author's fault. As SHRM is really not in the big time business of publishing, I can even forgive this. Still yet, I read several blurbs that noted its well structured attribute and I have to disagree. The subtraction of one star is for the publisher - not the authors.

    It is important to note that all the royalties for this book go to "Share our Strength" an organization dedicated to fighting hunger. I applaud the authors for this generous (and rare) act of kindness.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

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