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Sharon Armstrong, Owner, Sharon Armstrong and Associates

COLUMN = HUMAN RESOURCES

Sharon Armstrong has more than 20 years of experience as the owner of Sharon Armstrong and Associates. She is a human resources consultant, trainer, and career counselor who consults with many large corporations and small businesses. She has facilitated training, completed HR projects, and provided career transition services for a wide variety of clients in the profit and nonprofit sectors. She is also the co-author of the The Essential HR Handbook.

Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and her master’s degree in Counseling from The George Washington University. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Sharon is the co-author of a humor book, published by Random House entitled “Heeling the Canine Within: The Dog’s Self-Help Companion” in 1998. Career Press published her first business book, “Stress-Free Performance Appraisals: Turn Your Most Painful Management Duty Into a Powerful Motivational Tool” in July 2003. “The Essential HR Handbook: A Quick and Handy Resource for Any Manager or HR Professional” was published in August 2008. Her latest book is “The Essential Performance Review Handbook,” which was published in the spring of 2010.

ABOUT THE ESSENTIAL HR HANDBOOK

This 250-page reference guide, published in the fall of 2008 by Career Press, is a must-have for everyone who deals with employees on a daily basis, believe Barbara Mitchell and Armstrong, who wrote the book to shed light on the issues that keep managers up at night.

With this easy-to-read paperback, you’ll learn how to effectively and efficiently:
• Individually manage each employee, starting on his or her first day.
• Manage a multi-generational workforce.
• Appraise job performance.
• Coach and counsel.
• Provide equitable pay, benefits, and total-rewards strategies.
• Minimize legal risk.

WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING

“Finally, a complete, clear, and concise book that covers every essential element of that mix of art and science we call HR. It’s 100% applicable to the real-world challenges faced by today’s HR manager or business owner.” — Joe Calloway, author of Work Like You’re Showing Off.

“This should be required reading for all owners of growing businesses and new managers launching their careers. Seasoned HR professionals will also find value in this quick guide to the essentials of managing people.” — Stephen J. O’Connor, senior director of staffing, ESPN Inc.

“This book is easy to use, and full of solid advice and information from diversity to interviews to legal issues. If you are an HR professional, you should have this book at the ready every day.” — Chester Elton, co-author of The Carrot Principle.

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton