Get Your Copy of “The New HR Leader’s First 100 Days” Today — Free Bonuses Expire on December 11!

by Alan Collins

Here’s the deal.  For 10 months, I’ve been working quietly behind the scenes on my ninth book (pictured left).

It’s been an exhausting process.

But the book is finally done.

I notified my subscribers about it a few days ago, and now we’re going public and letting the world know about it…


But first, let me give you the scoop on the book.

It has been developed to be an “HR career game changer”

And, I will say without hesitation that — while the topic is not new — there is nothing else like it for HR professionals!

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Not Getting Promoted in HR? Here’s What Your Boss Knows But Isn’t Telling You…

by Alan Collins

Jim always seemed to get the big promotions in HR.

When we worked together at Quaker Oats, I watched in awe as he steadily moved up the HR ladder.

From afar, I thought he was an absolute genius.

Then, one day, he became my boss and I learned his REAL secret.

Yes, he was a bright and inspirational HR professional.

Yes, he knew the business cold.  Better than many of our general managers.

Yes, of course, he worked hard and got things done.

Yes, he had built a reputation as a terrific leader, manager and coach for his HR team.

Yes, his clients, his peers and the higher ups all loved him.

And while all of these factors helped him, in his mind, they weren’t the key reason for his success in HR.

I learned this when, one day over lunch, I asked him for some career advice.

And in response, he candidly shared something most managers know…but I believe rarely tell their people.   

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Why Networking in HR Doesn’t Work Anymore (And What You Should Do Instead)…

By Alan Collins

Let me make a confession.

Networking is a pain.

And if you’re like me, you’re probably horrible at it.

So, I don’t do it anymore.

But that doesn’t stop me from reaching out to meet new people who can help me advance my career and interests in HR.

Hey, wait a second, you might say….isn’t that networking?

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The Hidden Enemy That Attacks HR Pros When They’re Downsized or Brutally Fired…

by Alan Collins

A few days ago I had coffee with Shawna, who I hadn’t seen in years.

She had just been downsized from her senior HR manager’s position — and didn’t see the writing on the wall.

Forced against her will into the job market, she was now networking and wanted to meet with me.

Personally, I hate these kind of networking meetings.

But because I really enjoyed working with her in the past, I agreed to meet her at a nearby Starbucks.

What shocked me was…

She was absolutely NOTHING
like I remember — behaviorally.   

Her manner of speaking was curt.  Her voice extra loud.  And her gestures were unusually exaggerated.

And she complained at length about her former employer.

When I asked if perhaps she was struggling a bit with the change in her employment status, she slammed her hand on our small table causing both of our coffees to spill.

And I jumped.

With her voice now angry, she shouted: “NO!  You don’t understand!”

“Not only did they let me go, those bastards had the nerve to call me the next day…because they couldn’t locate the files on a couple HR projects I was working on.”

“I told them to screw off, though screw wasn’t the word I used.”

She was literally quivering and shaking as she spoke.

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Mastermind Your Way to Success in HR: An Expert Interview with Erich Kurschat

By Alan Collins

What’s the fastest way to generate ideas that can help you solve your most vexing HR issue?    

It’s simple.

Learn from the insights and experiences of those who have faced similar challenges.

Someone who is helping HR professionals do exactly that is Erich Kurschat.  

And he’s doing it by leveraging the power of Mastermind groups. 

Erich founded the Chicago HR Mastermind in mid-2016.

And, on a monthly basis, he leads this Windy City community of local HR professionals as they gather together to tackle some of their member’s most challenging issues – while providing them with a forum for networking with their peers.

As part of our Success in HR Expert Interview Series, I recently caught up with Erich and asked him to squeeze some time into his hectic schedule to share some perspectives about Mastermind groups and how you as an HR professional can benefit from them.

Here are the highlights from the interview… 

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“I’ve Just Landed My First HR Consulting Gig On The Side. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

For the first time, I’m going to be doing some HR consulting on the side. 

What I should charge to create a company handbook, revise new hire paperwork, including an online employee application…and be available for phone consultation?

I want to be reasonable but also don’t want to cut myself short.  Any advice on what to charge and on agreements you have that you would be willing to share would be appreciated?


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What’s Your Biggest HR Career Mistake? Here’s Mine.

by Alan Collins

Super honest question time:

In the spirit of openness and brutal honesty, here’s mine.

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