How To Get A Mentor in HR — A Rarely Shared Approach For Getting Just Anyone You Want!

by Alan Collins

I’ve never, ever met ANY successful HR leader who hasn’t had at least TWO influential mentors in their lives.

HR professionals that have mentors have an edge over those that don’t.

They perform better on the job.

They get promoted more quickly.

They earn higher salaries.

And they report more job and career satisfaction.

However, a huge mistake most HR folks make when selecting a mentor is that…

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5 Priceless Words of Career Wisdom for HR Leaders

by Alan Collins

Two months ago, one of my Linkedin connections messaged me this. 

I’ve gone from being a HR VP to being unemployed.

I hated what I was doing and my boss treated me like dirt.

Every morning I’d wake up burned out and dreaded going in to work.

Now that I’m in the job market, I realize that I might have to take two steps back on the org chart.

My job search has delivered many rejections based on:
-having too much experience.
-having too much salary.
-wanting the wrong location.

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25 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 25 sentences that continue to guide my career as an HR pro — especially at times where I’m struggling, been confused or just need a kick in the butt.

I’ve posted these before on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and elsewhere.

However, this is first time they’ve all been brought together in one place.

Enjoy!

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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?

Gotcha.

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.

Ready?

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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