The weekend read


Leading HR executives share their current and most impactful reads.

In the fast-paced and demanding world of CHROs, finding time for leisure reading can be essential. Whether it's escaping into captivating narratives, exploring new ideas and perspectives, or simply indulging in a good story, reading for leisure offers a much-needed opportunity to unwind and recharge.

CHRO South Africa spoke to some of our community members to find out what’s on their bookshelf.

2022 CHRO of the Year and Startek’s vice president and country HR head Phil Tshikotshi recommends, is Disruption Amplified by Abdullah Verachia (who is also a judge at the 2023 CHRO Awards). “It is an insightful read about the fundamental shifts taking place at every level and how these will reshape the world as we know it. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

Sungeetha Sewpersad, chief people officer at Rand Merchant Bank, picked When Women Lead by Julia Boorstin as her current read. “It is a book that brings together a myriad of different views from women who represent various industries, are diverse in race, thought and ideologies. This book addresses the superpowers of women, be it vulnerability and gratitude, to divergent thinking and how we can adopt these approaches to create opportunity and advantage in every kind of field, at any stage. I am enjoying the insights of the various CEOs and founders, who have grown businesses, navigated crises and
are highly adaptive to change. A great read and very inspiring.”

Human capital director at redPanda Software, Insaaf Daniels is reading the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. “I know it's going to have a great impact on my life as I delve into the stories of the most influential people in history.”

Nolo Thobejane, chief people and transformation officer at KFC shared her thoughts on Untamed by Glennon Doyle. “Amazing read as there is always a wow lightbulb moment. It is empowering and makes you realise that as women we are all the same but different. Untamed taught me how I should be unapologetic about my strengths, and furthermore has unlocked my understanding of my uniqueness. Authenticity for me is big and this book reminded and unlocked the reminder to be myself and embrace my uniqueness.”

Rishi Ramgulam, Cape Union Mart HR leader chose Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, saying that it sums up his leadership style. “The full title includes How the best leaders make everyone smarter. This is definitely up my alley because I believe if you, as a leader, are the smartest person in the room then you need to find a new room.”

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