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HR expert Madalina Uceanu shares with us her favourite books

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With 23 years of experience in the Romanian human resources market, Mădălina Uceanu is one of the key players in executive recruitment, HR consulting, and career counseling.

In 2010, she started her own HR company, Career Advisor, specialized in three main areas: Executive Search, HR Consultancy, and E-Recruitment.

Meanwhile, Mădălina developed the website PortalHR and used it as a valuable content marketing tool. Throughout this platform, Mădălina supported and helped develop the local HR community by posting educational articles, holding trainings, and helping candidates accomplish their professional goals.

In the past years, Mădălina also became renowned as a career coach.

I’ve known Mădălina for quite a few years now and had a lot to learn from her. Also, I need to add that she’s one of the most warm-hearted and calm persons I’ve ever met. I was curious to find out what books shaped her, but also her recommended reading to those who want to follow a career path related to HR. Read on to find out more:

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Was ist dein Lieblingsbuch und warum? Geschäftlich und nicht geschäftlich, wenn möglich.

My favourite book of all times remains “Man’s search for meaning“, written by Viktor Frankl, as it brings some very valuable lessons about human nature and what’s most important in life, acting as a good reminder to see the forest from the trees and focus on the values that represent you.


Gab es einen bestimmten Moment, in dem Ihnen etwas, das Sie in einem Buch gelesen haben, geholfen hat? Kannst du mir davon erzählen?

The thing that struck me most was a phrase in a common management book which stated that, as a manager, if your team has any challenges or your are unhappy with their results, it is your fault as a manager. It was actually stating the fact that you are the only responsible to adjust the roles in a team to make them more prone to success than to failure, to attract or exclude team members or decide whom and how to develop further.


Welche Bücher haben Sie am meisten beeindruckt? (vielleicht hat sich Ihre Sicht der Dinge verändert, Ihr Karriereweg dramatisch verändert)

I must admit there was no single book that had this effect on me, but it was rather a collection of readings that, combined with the challenges I was facing helped me shape my way of thinking.


Welche Bücher würden Sie jungen Leuten empfehlen, die sich für Ihren beruflichen Weg interessieren? Wieso den? (keine Anzahl Begrenzung hier)

I would recommend any biographies of business people, but definitely I would have on the list any of Richard Branson‘s books. That should cover a better business and mentality understanding.

The second category of books would be related to self awareness and keeping a positive approach to life generally, which I think makes a lot of difference in the way you create your professional path as well. Here you can either go more on the NLP approach and watch Toni Robbins interventions, or more towards the spiritual path, maybe at a later stage and read Wayne Dyer’s books.

In what regards the professional side, if we talk about headhunting, it still remains an inspiration for me what Lou Adler wrote in “Hire with your head“.

And, besides books, I would watch constantly Ted Talks, both for the ideas and the manner of presenting, I find that as a continuous inspiration as well.

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Ich bin daran interessiert, mehr über Ihre Lesegewohnheiten zu erfahren. Wie oft liest du? In welchem Format?

Weekly, besides the daily reading of interesting articles or watching Ted. I read also on Kindle, but I must admit I am still a fan of paper books, as I am usually reading with a pen in my hand and underlining constantly all that seems interesting, which helps me to go quickly through the ideas that stroke me any time I review the book.


Wie nehmen Sie sich Zeit zum Lesen?

Usually early in the morning or during the weekends, as in the rest of the time the attention span is usually shorter due to the high pace of life.


Haben Sie einen Lieblingsort, an dem Sie lesen, oder können Sie überall lesen?

I do have a favourite place at home, but I can find a nice and cozy place to read also everywhere I go. It is less probable to read in a noisy place, I find it difficult to concentrate, unless I use my earphones:-)


Machen Sie sich Notizen oder haben Sie eine andere Technik, um die Informationsflut zu bewältigen?

I underline lots of paragraphs, but I do not collect otherwise the information.


Wie wählen Sie aus, welche Bücher Sie als nächstes lesen?

I either read on some blogs, or put down recommendations I get from the people I met daily.


Priorisieren Sie diejenigen, die von bestimmten Personen empfohlen werden? Gibt es jemanden, den Sie als Guru für Buchempfehlungen bezeichnen?

I would rather say I have “gurus” on different topics, certain friends that recommend me literature, others on whom I count for business recommendations and I have tried recommendations from different people for self development books.

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