Attention: Human Resources professionals and leaders!

Want to quickly overcome the stress, frustration,
and those inevitable bad days you encounter in HR?

You love your career in HR.

But right now, are you…

  • Angry?
  • Bored?
  • Frustrated?
  • Burned out?
  • Overwhelmed?
  • Lacking credibility?
  • Not having any fun?
  • Down in the dumps?
  • Questioning your value?
  • “Mentally checked out” at work?
  • Feeling your patience running out?
  • Lacking confidence in your HR skills?
  • Dissatisfied with the direction of your career?
  • Experiencing failures, disappointments, or setbacks?
  • Dealing with an unreasonable boss, client, or colleague?
  • Not getting the respect you deserve as an HR professional?
  • Tired of the haters, critics, and trolls who undermine your HR effectiveness?

If you feel any of these emotions, relax!  There’s nothing wrong with you.

We’ve all been there at some point in our career journey.

Frankly, everyone in Human Resources has.

Here are the facts:

#1 — All of us have our bad days and struggle at times to stay motivated and encouraged.  It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new in your role, an HR manager, a talent acquisition expert, or a Director, VP, or CHRO.  Our organizations rely on us as HR pros to guide them in dealing with complex talent and workforce issues that no one else wants to handle. And the demands of coping with such tough people situations — all day long, every day — can be mentally and emotionally draining.

#2 — According to SHRM, 83% of HR professionals experience some form of anger, dissatisfaction, stress or anxiety during the day. And a recent Gallup survey concluded that HR pros are among the most stressed-out professionals in the world. So, you’re not alone. At times, having negative and unproductive reactions to vexing situations is normal.  You’re human. 

#3 — To cope, venting to others about your job, career or personal to others can be helpful — but doesn’t always work. There are many reasons why. (1) Some people you work with aren’t all that interested in being supportive and encouraging. (2) Others want to help, but may not have have the expertise, the encouraging words or guidance you need at that moment. And sadly (3), in some workplaces, disclosing your frustrations is considered “career limiting” and will unfairly label you as “weak” or “not promotable.”

So, it’s not surprising you sometimes feel mentally and emotionally drained and demotivated. I get it.

But let’s also face another reality.  It’s up to YOU to deal with all this.

Why? Because this is YOUR career. You own it.  And it’s up to you to manage it.

This can be difficult.

But now there’s a tool to assist,
encourage and support you.

And it’s Stay Inspired in HR.

This book is packed with an amazing collection inspirational advice, pep talks, proven wisdom, and quick reminders for when you need to fire yourself up, boost your self-confidence, stay motivated, re-focus, and re-energize.

Pull this book out when you encounter tough times and need to LIGHT THE FIRE WITHIN YOU to positively transform your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and actions.

It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to Human Resources or an experienced HR professional and leader — this book will help you: 

Overcome those frustrations and inevitable bad days you have as an HR professional — faster.

More effectively deal with failures, rejections, disappointments, or setbacks.

Confidently and consistently stay motivated, inspired, and encouraged.

Give you that powerful shot in the arm.

Generate that extra spark of enthusiasm.

Retain your passion and boost your self-confidence and conviction in HR.

Get back on the right track by providing the right piece of advice or guidance to get you over the hump fast.

Win over your most demanding clients, managers, clients, and colleagues.

Yes, this book can provide all of this and more.

This is for the busy HR professional who doesn’t have time to feel sorry for themselves or wallow in pity —  but just wants to know what can help get them re-started.     

Consider this a one-of-a-kind, underground playbook developed just for HR professionals — containing familiar reminders and new insights — to keep you on top of your game.   

However, you’ll also find stories of HR pros just like you, the challenges they’ve faced, and how they’ve overcome them.

And for even more inspiration, I’ve brought in advice from world-class achievers such as Oprah, LeBron James, Jack Welch, Beyonce, Richard Branson, Taylor Swift, and many others to guide you.

I’ve written about just a few of these on LinkedIn, my blog and elsewhere. However, I’ve expanded on all of them, captured them here in one place and added many exciting brand new stories and insights here for the first time.

That said, here are more specifics
of what you’ll find inside these pages: 

  • Positive, inspirational, and proven tactics for dealing with your harshest haters, critics, trolls and others in your workplace that make your HR life difficult. 
  • What to do when you face painful failures, rejections, and disappointments – if you want to convert them into potentially massive successes. 
  • Shortcuts and proven tips for winning over your toughest and most demanding clients and business leaders – and transform them into raving fans. 
  • How to regain your passion and get the respect you deserve — when you are frustrated, overworked, and questioning your value as an HR pro.
  • How to take charge, stay encouraged and earn what you’re worth in HR – if not in your current organization, then elsewhere. 
  • How to de-stress using 8 types of human energy boosters – including specific examples of how they work and how to use them to elevate your motivation.
  • A never-before revealed list of 30 opportunities hidden in plain sight in your current HR role that can propel you forward and prepare you for your next promotion. 
  • How to confidently seize big opportunities that can change the direction of your HR career forever — even if you aren’t 100% ready for them.
  • The secret weapon that the world’s best athletes and entertainers use to motivate themselves and how to incorporate it into your HR toolkit — including 8 HR examples. 
  • What to do when you’ve outgrown your current role. Hint: There are 14 potential actions you can choose for growing, revitalizing & accelerating your HR career. Pick one and use it for the next step in your career journey.
  • Don’t get discouraged because you lack experience. Follow these 10 steps for becoming an expert in just about anything you want in HR quickly.
  • 4 different ways to overcome the inevitable mistakes and screw-ups just about everyone makes as an HR pro.
  • Your HR expertise is valuable. But you don’t always need to have all the answers – discover something you may already have immensely more valuable.
  • What to do if you aren’t getting the respect you deserve.
  • Templates, examples and tools developed just for HR professionals to keep you inspired and motivated.  
  • And there’s much, much more!

If this book isn’t inspirational,

I don’t know what is
“Whenever you need a pep talk, a kick in the butt, a motivational boost, a refresh, or a renewal, then Stay Inspired in HR can provide you with the perfect vehicle. If this book isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is.”
Allison Bird-Henley, SPHR
Sr. Human Resources Manager


Want more energy and purpose
“A quick read for anyone in HR who wants to live with more energy and purpose. Too bad I didn’t have this sooner, I would have handled the bad times I’ve faced in my career better. Alan Collins pulls no punches and reveals successes, failures and setbacks from his own HR career, making this book and its lessons very relatable to anyone.” 
Gemma Nair,
Director – Talent Management
and Acquisition, Albertsons


Totally aspirational, upbeat and encouraging!
“Don’t shrink yourself to fit into HR positions you’ve already outgrown” or “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything worthwhile.” If these chapter titles resonate with you, then this book is a must read.  It provides numerous tips, quotes and short stories. Plus it you tools that can help you navigate your career journey with confidence. It’s totally aspirational, upbeat and encouraging.”
Mike Cohen,
Former Vice-President HRD
Quaker Oats Company


Motivational and inspirational reminders
“If you are looking to add positive new energy to your HR career, then I highly recommend this book. It delivers motivating and inspirational reminders about the impact HR professionals have on the employees, leaders, and organizations they support. It was nice to read a book that celebrates the contributions HR people make. A wonderful read and I would encourage others in HR to read this motivational guide as they move forward in HR this year and beyond.”
Alisa Charles, MSHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior HR Leader & Executive Coach
Author of “Successful Mentoring in HR” 


Have this book on your desk.
And then buy copies for your colleagues.

“I love the fact that the book states from the very beginning, that there is no need to read it all in one sitting. It is more important to read this book slowly to absorb the important lessons it imparts. Having said that, it’s a page turner and I couldn’t stop reading it. Anyone who is an achiever in HR should have this book on their desk. And then buy copies for their colleagues. Thank you for a phenomenal book that inspired me.”
Bill Brosio
Labor & Employee Relations Manager
Boeing Corporation


Uplifting read, provocative stories
“To motivate others, you first need to be motivated, and this book is uplifting. Frankly, a lot of it, I already knew. But this book gave me reminders and provocative stories that I won’t easily forget. Given the intense personal pressures facing so many HR/TA managers in companies today, I highly recommend this book.”
Sherilyn Reyes
Former VP, Talent Acquisition
& HR Operations, Paramount


Pick it up when you feel demotivated, low or lost
“I highly recommend this book. Pick it up throughout the day, after a tough meeting, or anytime you feel demotivated, low or lost. Your career in HR has many struggles, easy and tough situations. I liked the simple language and actionable steps given at the end of each chapter. Alan has made an effort to inspire and motivate everyone to become their best selves, not to be afraid of failures and to constantly keep striving to be successful.
Jon Welsh, MHRM, GPHR
Human Resource People Lead
Phoenix Holdings Group



About the author:
ALAN COLLINS is founder of Success in HR and author of eleven books for HR professionals, including the best-sellers, The New HR Leader’s First 100 Days and Unwritten HR Rules.  He has worked with and coached hundreds of HR leaders at all levels in his 25 years in corporate HR. 

He was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses. Today, he specializes in helping HR professionals take their careers to the next level. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Human Resources from Purdue.   You can view his LinkedIn profile here.


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