Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Human Resources Team, Colleagues, Clients, Friends & Loved Ones!

Don’t search high and low for the perfect gift for the important HR people in your life. 

Find them right here!

Nothing is better than a great book…especially one that will help the people you care about advance their careers in HR.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic,” wrote Stephen King, who ought to know about such things.  So, this holiday season, why not spread a little portable magic yourself?  Or surprise them with a gift they’ll value.

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7 HR Career Regrets You Must Bury Before This Year Ends….

By Alan Collins

Everyone has regrets.

Especially when it comes to our careers in HR.

We all make mistakes we wish we could take back.

We all have things we wish we could do over.

We all have things we wish we could we could have done differently.

However, as this year comes to a close, it’s time to do a reset for next year.

And to do that here are seven career regrets you absolutely need to bury and let go of right now in 2018 — before the new year starts. 

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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 GM Layoffs — And Its Message About Creating Your Own Job Security in HR…

by Alan Collins

General Motors recently announced it’s laying off 14,700 employees, closing five factories, and discontinuing several car models. 

This includes 15% of the management staff — which means many HR professionals will get let go. 

Unfortunately, there’s nothing is unusual about this.  It happens frequently.

GM is no different than IBM, Boeing, Hewlett-Packard and the scores of firms who have done massive headcount reductions in recent years.

In GM’s case they’ve cited shifting consumer tastes as the main reason. 

In other words, you and I as fickle consumers are continuing to change what we buy.   

And as it relates to cars, we are buying more SUVs and trucks and moving away from from sedans like the Buick LaCrosse and Chevy Cruze.  So GM is closing the plants making these slower selling vehicles. 

And secondly, even a big company like GM only has so many resources. 

So it is investing less in traditional cars and more in the technology to produce what it thinks people will want in the future — like autonomous cars. 

Bottom line, big time disruptive consumer and technological changes are happening…and happening fast.   

But you know all this already.

So let me get to the point: what the heck does all this have to do with YOU and your HR career?

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“I’m Available For Hire and…As an HR Leader, I Can Improve Your Metrics, KPIs & EBITA Within Two Quarters.”

By Alan Collins

Grab your favorite beverage and get comfortable…

Because this is a MUST READ!

According to his LinkedIn profile, Doug Billings (pictured left) is an HR leader who got into HR “to stop leaders from being jackasses.  He teaches them how to lead & inspire…whilst having fun.”

Recently, Doug posted the article below on LinkedIn as he’s embarking on the next chapter of his HR career.

And it just absolutely blew me away!

It is so outstanding and reflects so much of my own personal philosophy of what super-successful HR leaders should believe and do, that I couldn’t resist getting Doug’s okay to share it.

I’m thrilled that he did.  There’s much for all of us to learn here.


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HR Director Fired After “Good” Performance Review — And How To Avoid This From Happening To You!

by Alan Collins

Last year, a senior HR director friend of mine was fired after her year-end performance review. 

What was especially brutal was her boss’ overall evaluation of her performance.

She had been rated a “3” on her company’s 5-point scale, which was “good.”

And she was further informed that her performance was “solid” and that everything was okay.

Knowing that, she signed off on the review.

So, she was blindsided beyond belief when she was
called back in a few weeks later…and given the pink slip! 

To be totally honest, she knew her performance wasn’t stellar.

But she was devastated by this news and clearly didn’t think she’d get whacked.

Matters became worse when she was told by her boss that, after discussing the company’s financial troubles with the higher ups, THEY (not he) decided to eliminate her job.

They agreed she was doing a good job.  But they didn’t feel that SHE…as well as THE JOB she was in..was adding enough value to the business.

Read that last sentence again.

Good performance wasn’t enough.  It wasn’t a performance issue.  It was just time to whack her job.  And her.

And her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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Enhance Your Next HR Presentation! Just Grab This FREE Success Guide & Stop Being Dull and Boring.

by Alan Collins

It’s no secret.

Public speaking and giving presentations in your HR area of expertise is one of the fastest ways for you to promote yourself, expand your relationships and advance your career in HR.

…But you absolutely CANNOT be boring!

I was reminded of this fact when I attended the National SHRM Conference last June in Chicago.

I was super excited about it because of the great speakers they had lined up. 

So when I went to my first concurrent session, I couldn’t wait for the speaker to come on.  I was on the edge of my seat and pumped up.   

The last time I felt like this was when I fought the crowds to see the Black Panther movie for the first time.

I just couldn’t wait for things to get started.

And then it happened…

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