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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.

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

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

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

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

– Maureen Cook

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

– Henry Miller

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

– Groucho Marx

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

– Oscar Wilde

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

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

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

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

– Booker T. Washington

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

– J.K. Rowling

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Marcel Proust

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Robert Frost

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– Corita Kent

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

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

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

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

– Jimi Hendrix

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

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

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha