Latinas Rising Up In HR: Highly Recommended If You Want To Be Inspired

by Alan Collins

Let’s face it.  As an HR pro, staying positive and on top of your game consistently can be challenging.

At the end of a busy day, during this pandemic, it’s easy to lose sleep at night replaying in your mind those tough clients conversations you may have had, wondering if you could have handled them differently.

Or, staring at your ceiling awake unable to let go of that employee termination meeting you led that didn’t go so well.

Or, frustrated because no matter what you’re doing, you don’t seem to be progressing in your career.

This is the dark side of being in HR that can take an emotional toll. 

However, if you ever find yourself in need of a jolt of inspiration and motivation as an HR pro, read some of the stories in Latinas Rising Up in HR: Inspirational Stories of Human Resources Professionals Leading, Thriving & Breaking Barriers.

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4 Disgusting Frauds Who Are Faking It in HR…

By Alan Collins

If you want to get into Stanford University’s world-class MBA program be prepared — it’s tough and impossibly competitive.

This is still true despite the pandemic.

To get admitted, 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 is: “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 who are confident, comfortable in their own skin, and who are unafraid to stand up for what they believe.

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COVID-19: How To Capitalize On It To Create A Endless Flow of Career Opportunities in HR

By Alan Collins

The current COVID-19 crisis reminds me of a phone call I had a year ago.

It was with an awesome former HR boss of mine.  He called me out of the blue, just to chat and catch up.

No strings attached.

We had forged a great relationship when I reported to him years ago at Quaker Oats.

We’re both Purdue University alums. We both love professional sports and are avid bikers. So we’ve always had lots to talk about and have kept in contact over the years.

So it was great to hear from him.

In the course of our hour-long conversation, which was sprinkled with tons of gossip and sports talk, he gave me some great ideas.

One idea was for my upcoming book.  Another was for three articles that I ended up writing about. It was like he flipped on a light switch in my head, just like he used to do as my manager back in the day.

Again, he did this with no strings attached and with no other agenda other than to be helpful. 

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Overwhelmed With Time-Consuming HR Grunt Work That Drives You Crazy? Try This Instead.

By Alan Collins

Every HR pro I know is time strapped and overwhelmed with work.

This is especially true if you run an “HR Department of ONE.”

Or you’re stuck at home due to the pandemic and doing the job of two people.

Or you have little to no HR support staff.

Or if you have tons of unforgiving deadlines.

Or find yourself working weekends all the time.

Or you constantly carry around a massive to-do with lots of little things to do.

In these cases, life can feel overwhelming and stressful as hell trying to satisfy your boss, your clients, the people at home you care about — while still trying to get everything else done.

However, you do have some options.

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When You Screw Up in HR, Memorize and Say These 4 Magic Phrases…

By Alan Collins

As HR pros, we all make mistakes.

Or say the wrong thing at the right time.

Or misjudge a situation from time to time.

But not everyone in our profession will confess to their screw ups — especially in stressful situations where the stakes are high.

However, I learned a very important lesson early in my career at Quaker Oats.

As a young HR director for a tiny division of the company, I reported to an amazing boss who relied heavily on my judgment and experience.

She had taken a chance and promoted me into the director role largely because of my relationships and knowledge of the organization.

But the job was a stretch for me and a bit over my head.

She knew it and I knew it.

But she was willing to roll the dice and bet on me.

So, I didn’t want to let her down or make her regret her decision.

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20 Powerful Sentences That Can Change Your Career in HR…

by Alan Collins

The power of a single sentence is amazing.

One sentence can either make your day or ruin it.  It can change your mood or mindset.

Just a few words or phrases strung together can make a huge impact on your future.

To that end, here are 20 sentences that have guided me in my career in HR — especially at times where I’ve struggled, been confused or just needed a kick in the butt.

I’ve posted these on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere.  This is first time they’ve all been brought together in one place.

Enjoy!

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HR Consulting on the Side: “I’ve Just Landed My First Gig. What’s Your Advice?”

Hi Alan,

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

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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