Working at a liberal arts college, it is hard not to escape discussion of the liberal arts or Western canon. Also sometimes described as Great Books, Mortimer Adler put together three criteria for a tome to be part of the group:
1. The book must have contemporary significance - is it relevant to today's times
2. The book is inexhaustible - one could always pick it up and derive new meaning and benefits from it
3. The book is relevant is to a large number of the great ideas and great issues that have occupied the minds of thinking individuals for a significant period of time.
With that in mind, is there a "Human Resource Canon"comprised of great writings that all HR professionals should read or have read. What HR book is significant, inexhaustible, and relevant to a large number of the great HR issues that PHRs grapple with on a daily basis? Or, is the HR field simply too young or too ephemeral to contain such a library?
Is the HR Capitalist, the HRRingleader, or The Cynical Girl the best we have?