Dealing With Pissed Off Employees, Colleagues & Clients — The 2-Letter Word You Must Avoid

By Alan Collins

Years ago, at work, a good friend of mine got passed over for a promotion to an HR VP position.  

Everyone considered him the number one, slam dunk candidate for this job.

And so it was shocking when the job was filled by an outsider.

A few hours after the official corporate announcement was made and everyone in HR got the stunning news, I found him sitting alone in his office.

His back was turned and he wasn’t moving, just staring blankly out the window.

When I got his attention, I could see he was absolutely seething.

Frankly, I didn’t know quite what to say to him.  It’s so easy to say the wrong thing to someone who you know is frustrated, angry and vulnerable.

So I sat down in front of him, I started babbling about how I, too, had been passed over for a promotion. 

In fact, I told him it had happened to me three times.  I conveyed that in one particular case, my boss actually told me I had locked up the job and to just be patient.  But then he came back later and told me the higher ups had changed their mind at the last minute and promoted someone else.

I just wanted him to realize that he wasn’t alone, that I’d been through something similar and that I could understand how he felt.

He wasn’t buying it.

Not at all.

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Finding Great HR Jobs Online — The Best Websites & Quick Tips For Using Them To Land Your Next HR Position Fast!

by Alan Collins

There’s a myth out there that applying online hoping to land a great job is a waste of time.

Don’t believe it.

I’m not sure why this idea became so widespread. But nothing could be further from the truth.   Especially if you’re in the job market seeking a Human Resources position.

Employers still post positions online successfully to attract HR candidates at all levels — from the entry-level to CHRO roles.

And if employers are still doing it as part of their strategy to find HR talent, then YOU should use them as part of YOUR job search strategy to land your next HR opportunity too.

To save yourself some time, below is a ONE-PAGE CHEAT SHEET which highlights the top websites for posted HR jobs and the three most important tips for using them.

You can download it below to use yourself as a reference document.   

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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.

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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