5 Reasons Every HR Professional Needs Their Own Book…And How To Make It Happen Quickly!

by Alan Collins

When I finished my 9th book, The New HR Leader’s First 100 Days, I celebrated by going to dinner with a bunch of colleagues and friends at Ditka’s in Chicago.

Thick steaks.

Lots of mashed potatoes.

Chocolate cake.

Plenty of adult beverages.

Quite a few diets were abandoned that night.

There was also great conversation about the book.

But not what you’d expect.

Most of the comments were some variation of the following:

“Jeez, I’d like to write a book too, but…,”
“I have an idea for a book, however…,”
“I wish I had the time to write a book…”
“A book? I wouldn’t know where to start…”

I told the HR folks in the group that I understood. At one time, I felt the same way. But, based on what I knew about each of them, I strongly suggested that they, too, should get their OWN book going – now!

When they asked why, I was in no mental condition to answer them clearly…especially after a full meal and two vodka martinis. But I promised them I’d write out my rationale, post it on my blog…and provide them with some “help” on how to get their own book done fast.

So, guys, here you go. I’m delivering on my promise.

Here are 5 big reasons to author your own HR book…

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Winning HR’s Seat at the Table: How YOU Can Go From Annoying Pest To Welcome Guest… 

by Alan Collins

I’m a big fan of Dan Kennedy, the provocative author of the No BS Ruthless Guide to People & Profits. 

Dan likes to tell the story of working at home, one hot summer afternoon, sitting at his kitchen counter.

With a large iced tea in hand, he was on the phone with an important client.

His doorbell rang, but he ignored it.

It then rang again.
And again.
He continued ignoring it.
Then he heard a pounding on his front door.
“Damn,” he said to himself, but he continued his conversation.

Suddenly there was someone banging on the sliding glass door behind him. 

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“I Was Fired For Being Candid, Honest & Authentic in HR…” What Should I Do?

By Alan Collins

Dear Alan,

Thank you for posting the article, 4 Disgusting Frauds Who Are Faking It HR.

I was in a similar position as “Jill” who, in the article, laughs at her HR director’s tasteless and derogatory sexist jokes. 

As I understand it, “Jill” did this rather than risk her career by privately confronting him about his humor and the message he’s sending to the rest of the HR team.  

In many ways, I’m just like “Jill.”  Loke her I only wanted to fit in with the team and didn’t want any conflict or trouble. 

However, unlike her, I DID decide to confront my HR Director in private about his behavior. 

I believed it was an important discussion.

Unfortunately, he did not.

I was terminated the next day!

I live in a small town and have not been able to find any work in HR for the past three years.

My former manager is well connected and my career in this field is over.

I know it is important to be honest and your true self.

However, if I had known the repercussions would be so detrimental, I would never have said anything.

What’s your advice?



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4 Disgusting Frauds Who Are Faking It in HR…

By Alan Collins

Getting into Stanford University’s world-class MBA program is tough and impossibly competitive.

To win admission, you’ve got to beat out thousands of exceptional candidates and submit a 750-word essay about “What matters.”

So what matters to Stanford?

According to alumni ambassador, Heriberto Diarte, it’s: “People who have strong values, authentic and who want to have a positive impact on the world.” 

Why is that? Because Stanford wants to turn out MBA high achievers that will leave their mark on the planet. And they recognize that it starts with folks are authentic, who are confident and comfortable in their own skin, don’t hide who they are, who are unafraid to stand up for what they believe.

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27 HR Career-Boosting Moves You Can Still Make in 2018…

by Alan Collins

It’s that time again.

We’re just about at the half-way point of 2018.

Have you taken the actions necessary to drive your career forward this year.

If not, it’s not too late.

Stuck for ideas?  Not sure what you should be going after?

No problem.

I’m going to give you 26 ideas to consider.

Most of them are simple.

A couple are completely out-of-the box.

Many of them take some work.

But all of them absolutely kick butt.

Here’s the deal:  Pick two of them and start making things happen.

Here you go: 27 ideas, any one of which — if achieved —  will easily place you among the top 5% of all HR professionals.

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4 Deadly Mistakes HR Folks Make on LinkedIn — That Can Be Corrected In 5 Minutes or Less!

By Alan Collins

LinkedIn recently went over 450 million active professional users.

And in my view that STILL makes your profile on LinkedIn…

The best business card
on the planet for HR pros! 

Hands down.

Nothing else even comes close.

So you absolutely, positively MUST be on Linkedin compellingly if you want to attract more opportunities to advance your career — especially if you’re in HR.

But if you’re like a few human resources folks, you may be making four very simple, but costly mistakes in maximizing your Linkedin presence.

Here they are…

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Got An HR Interview Coming Up? Here Are 7 Things Your Next Employer Is Looking For…

by Alan Collins

Question: Alan, I’ve got an HR interview coming up next week. While I’ve interviewed lots of candidates as an HR Director, I haven’t interviewed myself for an HR job in five years. 

I’m excited, but I’m nervous and apprehensive as hell now that I’m on the other side of the table.  

What’s your take on what employers are really looking for these days?  
–Sarah A.   


Answer:  Hi Sarah, before I answer your question, let’s first talk about your apprehension.

Everyone gets nervous before interviews. It doesn’t matter if you have twenty-years of experience in HR and have interviewed hundreds of job candidates yourself as a recruiter…when you flip over to that other side of the table as an interviewee, it can be stressful.

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