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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.

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

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

– Marcel Proust

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– William Blake

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

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

– Albert Einstein

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

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

– Thomas Edison

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

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

– Alfred Adler

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

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"

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

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

– Charles Dickens

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

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

– Lewis Carroll

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

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

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

– William Jennings Bryan

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

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

– Optimism rules

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

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

– Basil King

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

– Thomas Dunn

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

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

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

– Henry Miller

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Thomas Edison