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Barbara Mitchell, "The Essential HR Handbook"

COLUMN = HIRING + HUMAN RESOURCES

Barbara Mitchell is a human resources and organization development consultant who is an expert in the areas of recruitment and retention. She has experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and has consulted to a variety of organizations around the world.

She served in senior human resources leadership positions with Marriott International and several technology firms in the Washington, DC, area before co-founding the Millennium Group International, LLC (TMG) in 1998, which she sold in 2008.

She recently served on the Society of Human Resource Management’s Special Expert Panel on Consulting and Outsourcing in recognition of her expertise and long service to the HR profession. Barbara is a graduate of North Park University, Chicago, IL, with a degree in History and Political Science and has taken graduate-level courses at UCLA. Contact Barbara by email.

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 Mitchell and Sharon 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.

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

– Charles Dickens

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Groucho Marx

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

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

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Henry David Thoreau

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– William Blake

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Abraham Lincoln