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.

And her manager blamed the decision on his bosses.

Yeah, right…

What a spineless, freakin’ wimp!

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10 Tips For Becoming The HR Leader Your Clients Absolutely Love Working With!

by Alan Collins

Every HR leader would love to have their clients raving about them.

The dilemma, as you know, is that every client is not the same.  Each one has different needs, aspirations and quirks.

However, there are some practices that add value to just about any client.

Below is a helpful cheat sheet that outlines a few of them that can help you attain more of that “client love” you might be seeking.

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HR Career Not Moving Fast Enough? Willing to Answer These 10 Questions to Accelerate It?

By Alan Collins

When you’re alone, in your most reflective moments, do you wonder if your HR career has slowed down…or even crashed?

If so, is this why you decided to check out this article — which consists of nothing but QUESTIONS — to help you find out?

Great, I’m glad you did…so if you want to discover for sure if your career is going down the toilet, start by candidly answering the 10 questions below, okay?

Ready to begin?

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Your HR Resume — 10 Warning Signs That’s It’s Time To Update It, Even If You’re Doing Fantastic In Your Current Role!

by Alan Collins

A former colleague of mine works at Ford as an HR director and opened her email on Monday…and was shocked! 

She read a letter from CEO Jim Hackett explaining that 7,000 salaried and hourly employees would be leaving the company.  Some with buyouts and others involuntarily laid off.

The letter went on to explain that these cutbacks were being made because Ford is under huge pressure from investors to reduce costs and improve its profitability.

My former HR colleague, was not personally impacted and fortunately dodged the ax…this time.  

But she still felt badly.

Why?  Because quite a few of her HR colleagues she had known for years — many of them excellent performers — are being let go to cut costs…and did not see this move coming!

Sure they heard the rumors, but nobody told them that their own jobs were in jeopardy.  As a result, they felt blindsided and not prepared to now suddenly have to pound the pavement looking for their next HR gig.

They thought since they were in HR, they’d be kept in the loop about layoffs — since they’d be expected to help manage the departing employees.

They weren’t.

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What is Your HR Super Power? Here Are the Top Seven In Most Demand by Today’s Business Leaders.

by Alan Collins

I’m a big Disney and Marvel superhero fan.

So it’s was no surprise to me that the blockbuster movie Avengers: Endgame pulled in more than $3 billion at the box office, making it one of the most popular movies of all time.

When it came out, I was right there — at the front of the line on the first weekend it opened — and couldn’t wait to see it and I’ve seen it now three times.   

What fascinates me most about the movie is the UNIQUE SUPER POWERS of the characters.

Iron Man’s super powers of  durability, weaponry, flight and super-strength.

Spider Man and Black Panther’s super-powers of mind-boggling acrobatics and combat.

And Captain Marvel’s super powers of strength and space travel which make her the most powerful character of all.

Exciting stuff.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  What does all this have to do with HR?

In a word – everything.

This phrase — “super power” — is increasingly being used at HR conferences and in career management circles.

I’m hearing it tossed around a lot as people refer to their skills, talents and competencies as their super power.

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“My ONE True Passion in HR — How Do I Find It? Do I Even Need One?”

Hi Alan,

I’ve read many of your articles and books and I largely agree with most of them.

However, there’s one thing I’m struggling with. I haven’t found my ONE true passion in HR.

I’ve been a HR senior director for over ten years and a generalist so I’m a jack of all trades — and love it.

I also love my team and my organization.

But I haven’t yet found my ONE light switch yet — my ULTIMATE CALLING in HR – that ONE BIG THING I’d like to specialize in or become an expert at.  

Do I need one?

If so, I’d like to find mine.

Any advice on this?

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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 either guide me or 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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