Sunday reading for June 29, 2014:

1. Chester Elton, Author of NY Times bestseller “What Motivates Me”, has a thought provoking post up on Linkedin highlighting the power of positivity. Citing research from Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock, Elton demonstrates that being positive as opposed to negative (or ignoring) your teams is the best way to drive performance improvement over the long run. This is a really good piece, and you should check it out here.

2. Mary Brown recently wrote a post up on HR C-Suite summarizing several core HR functions and a list of common HR Strategies. This was a very top level post, but provides the foundation for some deeper reading on other subjects (such as the difference between an HR Generalist and HR Strategy model which – thanks to this piece – I read about below). Check this one out here.

3. “HR Generalist” and “HR-Business Partner” have always been terms that are two sides of the same coin to me. The ladder connotes more scope, but in what way? The meaning is blurred. Fortunately, in a great piece on Management Concepts, management and talent advisor Jamie Neidig provides some context. HR Generalists focus on more traditional HR issues that are more tactical/transactional in nature, while HR Business Partners focus on bigger picture strategy issues. Learn more about how these roles add different (but equally impactful) value to the organization here.

As always, please share your thoughts in the comments below.