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The Top 100 Movie Quotes for HR Pros: #100 is " out here...for you..."

New series at the Capitalist: The Top 100 Movie Quotes of all time for HR Pros.  In no special order, I break down the 100 movie quotes that resonate most for me as a career HR pro.  Some will be funny, some will be serious... Some will tug at your heart like when the Fox voice-over guy said, "Tonight - a very special episode of 90210"... You get the vibe... I'll do it countdown-style like they're ranked, but let's face it - they're ALL special...

#100 - From Jerry Maguire - "I am out here for you. You don't know what it's like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok?"

Why it's critical and timely for HR Pros everywhere: HR Pros work hard for the money.  They get paid to be the voice of reason, the sane one in the pack of wolves.  They clean up messes, tolerate child-like behavior and proactively keep their peers out of harm's way, without being asked.  They understand it's a part of the gig.

However, in everyone's HR life, there's a time where someone's selfish, self-centered, boorish behavior becomes too much to bear.  At that time, the HR Pro drops the veil, and tells the person who's been taking the services for granted for years what he/she really thinks about their lack of moral compass. 

It usually involves language similar to what Jerry uses here.  " out here for you....".  What you don't get from this clip (because Jerry's in no position to do it) is the implied threat that most HR pros would slip in.  "I.. am out here for you... and if you keep taking my efforts for granted, you can deal with it yourself and see how that goes..."

BONUS: At the end of this clip, Jerry uses the famous "Help me help you.." line that undoubtedly would make most HR pros' top 10 list.  I won't use it in this series because it's too obvious.  Aren't I cool?  In any event, this clip is a classic that rings true for every HR pro who's felt unappreciated by a peer in his client group.... (email subscribers click through for the video)



This is brilliant.

Sarah White

As someone that can turn every movie into an HR blog. I love this.

Carol Weber

"You're going to need a bigger boat..." - Jaws... (personal fav...)


show me the money!


Can we expect these quotes to be posted every Tuesday or will they simply be posted periodically?


Could not agree more on Jerry McGuire. A colleague and I did a skit using that exact segment years ago at a team building event and brought the room down. My compliments, keep em coming!

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