Candidates Who Over-Talk May Need To Work Elsewhere

Dawn Burke Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Candidate Pool, Hiring Managers, HR, Selection, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

“You talk too much. You never shut up.” – Run DMC To shut a candidate up or not to shut a candidate up? That is the question. A question, as an interviewer, I’ve contemplated for many years. A question I admittedly flip-flop on. But here is where I am with this now. Candidates, you need to control your explanations. You …

Coworker Using You As Their Personal Counselor? 3 Tips To Shut Them Down Constructively.

Dawn Burke Career Advice, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Development, Managing People, Training and Development 2 Comments

A reader of mine sent me this email: “Dawn, How do I handle it when my coworker wants me to be a sounding board for all of the office problems? This has become a terrible problem for me and has increased my anxiety at work.  There are two coworkers that camp out in my office and won’t STFU about their …

When A Colleague Gets What’s Coming To Them, Graciousness Wins

Dawn Burke Career Advice, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Leadership, Mental Health, wellness 2 Comments

We’ve all dealt with a colleague or boss who treated us poorly. It hasn’t been the norm in my world, but in past occasions when it has happened, I would channel the five stages of grief over a 48-hour period: Denial: Did that just happen Anger: Eff that guy! Bargaining: Was it me? Man I stink, do I need to …

Swimming Upstream: Should Employees Purposely Fail To Build Character?

Dawn Burke Business Development, Career Advice, Coaching, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, HR, Performance

This weekend I practiced my weekly Sunday morning, 40-something, ritual.  I got up and watched CBS Sunday Morning. I mean that is what 40-somethings do, right (#justme?). There was a really incredible feel-good story embedded in a news cycle of crazy that made me sit up.  Not much gets my slouchy, Sunday self to sit up – this did. It …

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True Sign of a Great Leader > How Well They Protect PTO

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Policies, PTO, Talent Management, Vacation

To me, there is one way to know if a leader is worth their salt.  It is something I don’t recall seeing in leadership books, white papers, or in training sessions.  To me the simplest way to see if a leader is doing their job is to ask team members one question: “Did you use all your PTO last year?” …

HR: Think you’re the corporate expert on identifying deceptive liars? Wrong

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Communication, Conferences, Dawn Burke

When we look back at our lives we recall those one or two times we were deceived. We’ve all been deceived at one point or another.  When we realize it, usually too late, it hits us over the head like a hammer. We ask, how could I let this happen? Why didn’t I see this sooner? Why didn’t I stop …

Ask UBER: Outside Social Issues Are Changing Inside Work Operations.

Dawn Burke Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Dawn Burke, Employment Law

The public has spoken. If you want fair treatment in your company it’s time to get out your megaphone. If your company’s internal policies don’t jibe with the outside, conscious, court-of-public-opinion, they may be in for a wild, expensive ride.    In that light, Uber did something remarkable this week.  Due to what seems like a year’s worth of bad …

Love Labor’s Lost: Tips To Get Over Being Dumped

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Giving Notice

Getting dumped by an employee sucks. When an employee you like and see great promise in leaves you, it stings.  When they leave you to make a career decision that is not understandable (in a worst-case scenario, questionable)… oh dear god, it just makes you want to cry. Watching this train wreck can be painful. And usually, it’s not even …