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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.

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Joseph Cambell

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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

– Helen Keller

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

– Marcel Proust

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

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Annie Dillard

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– Abraham Lincoln

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

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

– Winston Churchill

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Steve Jobs

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– E.B. White

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

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

– Woodrow Wilson

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

– Robert H. Schuller

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

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

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– James Madison

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson