The Way of the HR Warrior
  • ISBN: 978-1-928055-32-7
  • Pages: 224
  • Size: 5.5x8.5
  • Price: $26.99 / CAD - $17.99 / USD
  • Category: Business


"Monica and Keri sit on the shoulders of HR Warriors offering thoughtful guidance. They synthesize and offer specific advice for HR Warriors to make a difference for people and organizations. Their work is well written, practical, and useful."

- David Ulrich Rensis, Likert Professor, School of Business, University of Michigan and Partner, The RBL Group -

“This book will make you smile and probably wince—it considers the good, the bad, and the ugly of HR in a very intriguing and straightforward way. If you’re considering or have already established a career in the field of HR, this is a must-read, and will be used by HR practitioners for a long time.”

- Beverly Kaye, Founder, Career Systems International and Co-author of Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay -

“If you want a career in HR as a second-class corporate citizen, don’t read this book. Only those that choose to make a difference in driving business performance and want an accelerated HR career need apply. A great framework for what matters to the HR profession.”

- Kevin Pennington, former CHRO, Fiserv -

“Ohlrich and Frede make the satisfying business case that when HR is at the table with the C-Suite, the difference in company performance is powerful and successful. This is the book that will improve your performance.”

- Katrina S. Rogers, PhD, President, Fielding Graduate University -

“An excellent resource that will motivate you to transform not only your career but your entire organization. Frede and Ohlrich will teach you how to take CHARGE of your inner HR Warrior.”

- Kevin Oakes, CEO of i4CP -

The Way of the HR Warrior

Leading the CHARGE to Transform Your Career and Organization

by Keri OhlrichMonica Frede

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About this book:

Human Resources has immense power to affect an organization’s bottom line as well as its culture, but it gets a bad rap. In The Way of the HR Warrior Monica Frede and Keri Ohlrich aim to inspire an HR revolution.

The Way of the HR Warrior is a guide for HR professionals who really care to demonstrate the true power of the HR department to influence business strategy and the bottom line, especially in the changing landscape of business with a multi-generational and global workforce, the gig economy, the knowledge economy, the rise of conscious consumerism, and increasing regulations.

The list of challenges is long, but a common thread impacting the success every business has is its human capital. When management empowers their HR department and the HR professionals step up and master the fundamental competencies of their position, those who work up close and personal with people in the office can take up their rightful role as an HR Warrior!

An HR Warrior is courageous, humble, accurate, resilient, goal-oriented, and exemplary. Alongside the practical advice in the book, readers will find real-life stories from Ohlrich and Frede about how they have applied the CHARGE framework in their own careers and organizations to great effect in their over 20 years of experience as HR leaders working for small organizations, start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies.

Ohlrich and Frede bring a warm, purposeful, heart-centered toughness to the role of the HR professional that is both instructive and inspiring. Through their CHARGE framework, they share their tough-love approach to developing the core skills needed by HR professionals to become HR Warriors.

In this book, readers will:

  • See the potential impact they can have on their organizations
  • Identify ways to align their efforts with their organization’s business goals
  • Reveal areas for personal growth and professional development using self and workplace assessment tools
  • Be inspired by real stories from the front lines of human resources in a variety of work environments

Witty and brutally honest, this book is for anyone who makes HR their business.

About this author:

Keri Ohlrich

Keri Ohlrich is the CEO and co-founder of Abbracci Group, with more than 25 years of experience in the HR, manufacturing, consumer goods and consulting industries. She has held leadership positions at EcoSense Lighting, RR Donnelley, ManpowerGroup and Miller Brewing, among others. In her role as Abbracci Group CEO, Keri has developed HR practice areas to support companies in the building of excellent HR departments and in the management of talent-related issues. keep reading »

Monica Frede

Monica Frede has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as an HR Strategic Consultant and HR Manager, and in several start-up ventures as a Recruiter and Consultant. Her passion lies with influencing the minds and hearts of business leaders about what HR can accomplish. Her areas of expertise include identifying and hiring top talent, change management and organizational design, leadership and management training, employee engagement initiatives, communications, project management, employee relations, employment policies and reductions in force/outsource management. keep reading »