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Irresistible: The Seven Secrets of the World's Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations Spiral-Bound | October 25, 2022

Josh Bersin

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In this leadership book, renowned industry analyst Josh Bersin introduces a new way to think about organizational design, employee engagement, and employee development. Distilled from decades of research and management theory into seven practical yet profound management principles, Bersin outlines how business leaders can create enduring companies that thrive with improved customer satisfaction, employee retention, and business agility.


Irresistible businesses grow faster, they’re more profitable, and they innovate and lead their markets. Most importantly, their employees, customers, and stakeholders are drawn to them like magnets.


Leaders have an outsized impact on culture, engagement, and productivity. Irresistible helps leaders at all levels understand how to scale a business through a new organization model - the “network of teams.”  Bersin's model emphasizes that effective companies operate as networks, not hierarchies. When focused leadership empowers small teams, the result is increased speed, agility, and traction - along with a sense of purpose, mission, and clarity of roles.


Leaders of irresistible companies understand that by unleashing the power of the human spirit, their companies can go faster and farther than their competitors by empowering people and creating employee-centric cultures. If you can make your company – large or small -- irresistible, your employees will contribute, innovate, and grow more than you thought possible.


Bersin shares eye-opening examples from his consulting work with HR and executive business teams around the world. Each chapter includes tips and discussion questions to bring these organizational behavior lessons to life. Inspiring yet highly pragmatic, this business book is a leader’s handbook for today’s unpredictable business world, where people and culture are more important than ever.


Bersin's human resource management book challenges companies to rethink their current approach to organizational design, leadership development, and human resources strategy. A top business book for organizations large and small, Irresistible belongs on the bookshelf of every executive, supervisor, and entrepreneur.

Publisher: Ideapress
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1646871103
Item Weight: 1.26 lbs
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.8 x 9.0 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 101 to 500 ratings

“This book is a road map forcreating more humane workplaces. Josh Bersin gives us unusually clear andcompelling directions to make people the heart and soul of organizations.”

—ADAM GRANT, #1 New YorkTimes bestselling author of THINK AGAIN and host of the TED podcast WorkLife


“A must-read primer for businessleaders considering how and why to build a people-centered business. Irresistibleis an essential book and an opportunity to learn from one of the best.”



“For too long, businesses havebeen claiming that people are their most important resource. Irresistibleoffers an array of smart insights and shrewd advice to—finally!—turn that ideainto action.”

—DANIEL H. PINK, #1 New YorkTimes bestselling author of The Power of Regret, Drive, and ToSell Is Human


“If you want the secrets ofmaintaining a workforce of fulfilled, engaged, and loyal teams, read thisbook—now.”

—KATHLEEN HOGAN, Chief PeopleOfficer, Microsoft


“Josh, with his reporter’sbackground and analyst’s instinct, is terrific at describing practices thataffect people. The seven themes offer an outstanding view of emerging practicesthat will shape employee-focused organizations.”

—DAVE ULRICH, Rensis LikertProfessor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan Partner, The RBLGroup


“I have been following Josh’s workfor years and not long ago had the chance to teach executives alongside him. Hehas always taught me a great deal. And now I see some of that so beautifullyencapsulated and extended in Irresistible. This is a book to absorb.”

—RICH LYONS, Former Dean, HaasSchool of Business, and Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer, UCBerkeley


“As organizations struggle toattract and retain talent, irresistible companies will be the only ones toprevail—and creating an irresistible company starts with unlocking youremployees’ full potential.”

—JILL POPELKA, President, SAPSuccessFactors


“This book is an illustration ofmy strong belief that ‘great people make great companies.’ With his unique andvast experience, Josh is helping all leaders and HR teams turn company culture,management approaches, and work models into a competitive advantage.”

—OLIVIER BLUM, Executive VicePresident, Energy Management Business, Schneider Electric

Josh Bersin is an analyst and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and trends impacting business workforces around the world. He is frequently featured in publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, Financial Times, and Washington Post. He has more than 850,000 followers on LinkedIn.

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. Over the following years, he grew the company and expanded coverage to encompass HR, talent management, talent acquisition, and leadership. His work and prolific writing brought him recognition as an expert in the talent market.

In 2012, Bersin sold the company to Deloitte, when it became known as Bersin by Deloitte. As a Deloitte partner, Bersin was involved in many HR and learning engagements and was a principal author of Deloitte's annual Human Capital Trends Report. He retired from Deloitte in 2018.

In 2019, Bersin founded the Josh Bersin Academy, a professional development academy for HR and learning professionals from more than 130 countries. The Academy offers more than 20 cohort-based courses covering topics such as people analytics, HR technology, talent acquisition, and human-centered leadership.

In 2020, he put together a team of analysts and advisors who are now working with him to support and guide HR organizations from around the world under the umbrella of The Josh Bersin Company. Recently published research covers topics such as hybrid work, HR technology market trends, employee experience, business resilience, talent acquisition, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In addition to the company's ongoing research, Bersin and his team created the Big Reset, a series of collaborative sprints for HR executives, to tackle the workforce challenges of the pandemic and beyond. The Big Reset groups continue to meet to help participants brainstorm on ways to address hiring challenges, the need for new leadership practices, and diversity and equity. Big Reset work is summarized after each sprint in special reports.