4 Deadly Traps Just Waiting For You As A New HR Leader & How To Avoid Them!

By Alan Collins

Moving into a brand new leadership role is the #1 challenge any HR professional can face….no matter how much HR experience you have!

That’s a fact.

According to SHRM, 31% of all new HR leaders crash and burn in their first 18-24 months. 

Why?  Often, it’s because of poor cultural fit, inadequate onboarding, or the lack of appropriate expectations.

However, many new HR folks set themselves up for failure because of THEIR OWN MISTAKES AND MISSTEPS.  

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The TRUTH About Seizing Opportunities in HR…

By Alan Collins

One of my senior HR mentors likes to tell this little story…

Years ago, he was on vacation at a tiny beach town in California.

And while there, he decided to connect with two of his former colleagues, both now successful HR leaders.

They arranged to meet one evening at a small diner to grab some steaks, beer and catch up with each other after being out of touch for years.

When they all met at the diner and walked in, there were a bunch of people sitting around the bar and others sitting at various tables eating, drinking and talking.

The place was quiet and didn’t have much atmosphere.

After placing their orders at the bar and collecting their beers, my mentor spotted an old piano in the corner.

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6 Ways To Become Awesome in HR — No Matter How Much (Or Little) Experience You Have!

by Alan Collins

A few nights ago, I saw Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max.

Even though it wasn’t quite a good as the first movie, I loved it!

Why? Because I’m a big comic book and super-hero geek.  As a kid I fantasized having powers like Spider-Man.

I’m sure many of us did and had our own favorite hero.

And, maybe we still do.

Envision for a moment being HR super hero in your organization.

That’s what it’s like when you gain a reputation with your clients as someone who is awesome at what you do in Human Resources. 

It’s like being your favorite super hero, gifted with super powers.

When this happens, you’ll find a lot of things become irrelevant.

It won’t matter how much HR experience you have.

It won’t matter what college you went to.

It won’t matter what degree you have.

It won’t matter whether you’re HR certified or not.

No one will give a crap about that stuff.  Instead, they will be spellbound by your powers and your awesomeness. 

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HR Pros: Could You Still Be Laid Off Due to COVID-19? Use this Cheat Sheet to Find Out.

A vaccine is coming, but is your job still at risk?

by Alan Collins

“You lied to me!”

Those were the first words a former colleague of mine — a Regional Employee Relations Director — yelled at her boss, after he informed her job was being eliminated due to the pandemic.

This happened ten weeks ago during their weekly one-on-one update meeting on Skype.

Two minutes into their meeting was when he broke the bad news to her.

He told her she wasn’t alone.

Their company, a Fortune 500 airline company, would be eliminating the jobs of 200 salaried staff employees due to pandemic.

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16 HR Jobs in 25 Years — 50 Golden Lessons, Both Painful & Inspiring.

by Alan Collins

I thought I’d take the opportunity here to share 50 GOLDEN LESSONS I’ve learned from 25 years in the HR trenches.  About two lessons per year.

These are truths I’ve gained from lots of personal screw-ups, some successes, three companies, 16 HR jobs and other HR professionals that I’ve worked with who inspire me.

Yes, some of these you may have seen already, because I share them often.

BUT hopefully, there are a few new items here you might find helpful in managing your own career in HR — without going through all the pain and agony. 

While they are in no particular order, I try never to ignore #50.


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The #1 Secret For Being A Successful HR Consultant, Coach, Speaker or Writer

by Alan Collins

Everyone in HR at some point in their career thinks about becoming a speaker, writer, consultant or coach.

It’s an awesome and potentially lucrative way of capitalizing on your HR expertise — either part-time, full-time or in your spare time.

In fact, a few months ago I posted 30 Great Side Hustles For HR Professionals — many of which include becoming a speaker, writer, consultant or coach.

If this idea has ever crossed your mind too, you’ll find this article especially valuable.

Why?  Because if you ever decide to speak, write or consult, there is ONE secret you must embrace.

I stumbled upon this unexpected revelation years ago when I first launched this Success in HR blog and started coaching others.

When I got going, what I quickly discovered one stumbling block…

It was very difficult for me to talk or
write about anything personal.

So I avoided doing that.

I thought that HR folks were NOT interested in me as a person.

I believed all they wanted was my HR expertise.

And that WAS true. 

Yes, they did want my know-how.   

But that ALONE wasn’t enough.   

I wasn’t attracting a decent number of readers and clients because I wasn’t delivering EXACTLY what they wanted.

So I sought out the help of one of my HR mentors — a former CHRO of two large organizations and now a phenomenally successful HR consultant and coach.

He immediately saw what my problem was.

And he delivered his advice to me with the force of knockout punch right to my face.

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Are You Making Time For What You Love? Check Out This 2-Minute Video To Find Out.

by Alan Collins

2020 has been an unforgettable year.

During these long months of pandemic-induced, stay-home time, I find my thoughts floating to memories of things I love and I’ve missed this year.

Face to face meetings with clients in the same office, sharing the same space and breathing the same air.

Crowded HR conferences, seminars and workshops where every single seat is taken.

Shaking hands with new people and passionately hugging and embracing old friends.

Airline travel to new locations to eagerly visit places I’ve never been.

Simple, everyday lunches, dinners and coffees with former colleagues, bosses and friends.

These are things I’ve taken for granted, perhaps like you.

But that’s not all.

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