HR Pep Talk #1: “You Are Valuable To Your Organization!”

by Alan Collins

Down in dumps?

Not feeling the love?

Being totally disrespected as an HR pro?


All of us need a motivational shot in the arm every now and then.

To that end, here’s a short pep talk for you.

Read this periodically — especially during those frustrating times when you find yourself questioning your worth or the value of HR entirely.


Here you go.

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HR Director Fired After “Good” Performance Review — And How To Keep 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 fired! 

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.

Her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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Working With HR Clients From Hell? Here Are Two Quick Tips For Dealing With Them.

by Alan Collins

On a few occasions, I’ve had the delightful privilege of working with the client from hell.

You know the type…

The client that doesn’t think HR can do anything right.

The client you dread getting telephone calls from.

The client, who when their name pops up on your phone, you feel like throwing up before answering the call.

The client that you lay awake at night trying to figure out how to avoid meeting with the next day.

The client that no matter what you do, no matter what HR heroics you pull off, will find something to beat you up for.

You feelin’ me?

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Why Your Current HR Day Job Should NOT Be Your Only Source of Income…

By Alan Collins

Did you know that actors like Angela Jolie, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and George Clooney appear in movies

…AND earn extra income directing their own films, making commercials and from monthly residual checks from their previous shows?

Were you aware that athletes like LeBron James, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova earn their livelihood playing the sport they love

…AND also profit from endorsing merchandise from energy drinks to beauty products?

Did anyone ever tell you that singers like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Paul McCartney write their own songs

…AND rake in more cash from the royalties earned by their older ones?

None of this is probably new news to you.

But the more important question is what all these celebrities have in common.

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5 Brutal Realities of Navigating Your Career in HR…

by Alan Collins

The pandemic has been challenging for everyone in HR.

However, as more vaccine shots are given and we return to a new normal, I’m reminded of the brutal realities I’ve discovered in navigating my long career in Human Resources.

Some I’ve learned during this crazy COVID-19 nightmare.

Others I stumbled upon before the pandemic, through my own personal screw-ups and successes.

And there are also many I’ve picked up over the years from HR colleagues, friends and role models I’ve admired from afar.

Here are five big ones you should be aware of:

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Not Moving Up in HR? Here’s What Your Boss Knows But Probably 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 a freakin’ genius.

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 only reason for his success in HR.

I found this out when he got promoted again and became my boss.  At the time, I was frustrated, felt stuck in place and going nowhere in HR. 

So I asked him to lunch. 

My major reason for doing this was to pick his brain (oh, how I hate that expression!) and to get some career advice on how to move up the ladder.

In response, he graciously pulled back the curtain and gave me some powerful guidance. 

Something I remember to this day.

Something I believe many managers know…but rarely tell their people.

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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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