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A Success Guidebook for HR Professionals

Review by Lauren S. Smith

Human Resource professionals have long been the butt of workplace jokes and cartoons. It's difficult to rise above that sort of typecasting, but there is a new book out that might help. From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor: Success Strategies for Today's HR Professional, written by Andria L. Corso, may be just what HR professionals need to learn how to develop trust and communication skills with employees.

From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor is a blueprint for success if you're a human resource professional who wants to become more than a negative force to employees. Rather than dreading a meeting with you, you want employees to enjoy and even pursue advisory time and be unafraid to express their opinions.

Part of the path to become a trusted advisor to employees concerns behavior and another part is about policies that you put into place. Corso is the principal owner of a successful consulting firm - C3 - Corso Coaching & Consulting and developed the strategies for her new book after she read an article about why employees hated HR people.

She realized that despite all of the efforts to turn around the opinions about HR professionals, the goal had yet to be reached. All the books about HR skills, competencies and management styles haven't worked to change the reputation and negative feedback of employees in the workforce.

Corso has written a comprehensive guideline that includes templates, checklists, forms and tip sheets that readers can use to develop their own methods or follow the yellow brick road of Corso's methods. You'll be able to download each of these forms from Corso's online website after purchasing the book. Whether you're an HR professional or a business leader, you'll want to keep it handy on your desk and refer to it periodically.

Find out how to build credibility and how to blend HR departments with other departments in the business so that you all have the same goals and objectives. You'll also learn behavior patterns and practices that will change the way employees view your profession and transform you into a trusted advisor rather than a negative gatekeeper.

You'll learn how to stop being perceived as a roadblock and to begin the steps that will turn you into a trusted advisor who is appreciated and respected for the leadership they bring to the business.

From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor: Success Strategies for Today's HR Professional, should be a must-read for HR professionals and business owners or leaders who have an HR team. Corso skillfully leads you through samples of a variety of industries and explains how HR professionals are being viewed - and why employees have developed these viewpoints - whether negative or positive.

Lauren Smith is editor for the Virtual Book Review Network - reviews books by well known bestselling authors and books by soon to be recognized names. For more information, visit: This review covers From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor by Andria L. Corso.

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