Our Book Series

Our book series, published by SHRM, is titled Making an Impact in Small Business HR. These eight books cover the eight behavioral competencies as identified by SHRM. The first book, Developing Business Acumen, was on SHRM's Top 10 Best Seller list for 2017.

The first three books are complete, rounding out SHRM's business cluster: 

Developing Business Acumen

Applying Critical Evaluation

Mastering Consultation as an HR Practitioner

Our Book Series in Detail

Implementing human capital strategy in any enterprise requires proficiency in Business Acumen - the ability to understand and apply key metrics to business decision-making. HR professionals working in smaller businesses often stand alone as the critical resource for aligning human capital solutions to broader business needs. The first in a series on applying the SHRM HR behavioral competencies to small business, Jennifer Currence´s timely book fills an important gap for the HR professional - with examples, guidance, and practical tools to help undersized HR departments use business Acumen to solve everyday issues and to advance HR careers. 

This book is approved for SHRM Recertification Credit. After reading the book, earn a passing score on the quiz and receive 3.0 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) from SHRM.

Richard Fagerlin

Global Leadership Expert, Author of Trustology, Former Small Business HR Leader

"The HR professionals I find to be the most successful and, therefore, the most valuable are those who understand both the business intricacies and people intricacies with equal passion and understanding. Having strong business acumen is no longer a great advantage; it simply is the ante to be in the game. Jennifer Currence has created a great tool and practical resource for helping HR professionals take a seat at the table because of the strategic value they bring to the organization."

Natalie Molson

HR Director, Beyond Technologies

"Jennifer Currence´s book is a must-read for small business HR professionals! I love working in HR. Every day is different, exciting, and filled with a hundred different tasks. The challenge lies therein: with a hundred different tasks to be accomplished in one day, how do you become a strategic partner to the business? This book not only inspires you to become that partner but provides you with actual, tangible ways of doing so!"

Natalie Peabody

HR Manager, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

"This book is great for an emerging professional wanting to lead in HR and not just go through the motions. I found Developing Business Acumen to be really energizing, and it helped me to think through what I could do to be a better contributor to my company's success."

Applying Critical Evaluation draws from existing thought leadership and real-life examples to provide ready-to-use recommendations HR professionals can incorporate in nearly every aspect of the job — from selecting an HRIS and identifying training programs to developing an onboarding process and proposing organizational restructuring. Written especially for HR professionals in small businesses and HR departments of one, Applying Critical Evaluation highlights best practices for interpreting and promoting findings to better inform business decisions. Featuring tools, worksheets, case studies, and assessments that can be used immediately and applied every day, it is a resource HR professionals will regularly consult. 

This book is approved for SHRM Recertification Credit. After reading the book, earn a passing score on the quiz and receive 3.0 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) from SHRM.

Jim Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Author of Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation and Training on Trial

“Applying Critical Evaluation lives up to its name and more. Currence shows how evaluation must evolve from traditional smile sheets and tests to efforts that truly connect HR with business results and strategy. Please read and apply its tools and recommendations to become a true strategic business partner!”

Susan Craft

MS, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, Consultant, Adjunct Professor, and President Emeritus of the Virginia SHRM State Council

“Full of smart, practical information you can use every day, Applying Critical Evaluation is a book you’ll pull from your professional bookshelf and consult time and time again.”

DaNell D’Alfonso

SPHR, Senior HR Director, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

“This is a fresh look at what I do every day as an HR director. It reminded me of concepts that I had forgotten and ones that were new to me even after 15 years in HR. This is a great ‘handbook’ for the small business HR professional in any company.”


It’s an exciting time to be an HR professional: You are on the front lines for changing the way the world works. By taking a consultative approach to developing strategic guidance for key decision-makers, you’ll not only add value to your organization but contribute meaningfully toward bringing about the change you want to see. 

Offering guidelines and best practices for building and applying your consultative skills, Mastering Consultation as an HR Practitioner features cases studies, worksheets, and additional resources that can be used immediately and applied every day for: 

Defining customer needs

Gathering the right data

Avoiding common obstacles

Building a framework for change

Developing and presenting new HR solutions

This book is approved for SHRM Recertification Credit. After reading the book, earn a passing score on the quiz and receive 3.0 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) from SHRM.

Tony Moore

SHRM-SCP, The Culture Architect

"In clear language that gets right to the heart of the subject and is immediately applicable, Currence delivers a must-read book for any HR practitioner who wants to make an impact on his or her organization."

Amy Lein

SHRM-SCP, President, Greater Orlando SHRM

"Jennifer Currence outlines straightforward and effective methods to showcase your consulting skills as an HR practitioner."

Felicia Linch

MBA, CIPD, LLB, Director, Kitch Consulting and Coaching Ltd.

"Mastering Consultation is filled with practical examples that bring SHRM Competencies to life and bolsters HR´s credibility as a business partner that delivers real solutions."

Our books are available on Amazon