Phone Like a Bad Boyfriend? Dump The Chump. This GREAT Book Will Show You How.

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Work Life Balance

I love my phone, really.  But it’s a two-timer, like a bad boyfriend. I mean, I’ve spent hours personalizing my phone, so it knows me.  It loves me. And I’ve spent hours understanding it, its nuances, how it wants me to interact with it, even how to talk to it so it can interpret my accent.  But, sumpin’ isn’t right. …

Leaders Should Use “Empathy” Cheat-Sheets, As Long As They Mean It

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Good HR

Did you know Trump was in the news? Of course you did. After the Parkland shooting, Trump met with several survivors to talk about the shooting’s impact. Per the Trump playbook, not to miss a photo op, Trump allowed the open discussion to be videoed.  To many viewers’ surprise, something new-and-shiny appeared in the hands of the Commander-In-Chief. They were …

Control Your HR World With These Princess Leia Tricks

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Driving Productivity, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice

You say you’ve lost control? You’ve never had control. But you can’t let that stop you. You’ve got work to do—good work. You’ve got people who depend on you and need you. And, yeah, having a job pretty much is a must. (You still have that mortgage to pay, kids who need school supplies, and dammit… yes, yes, yes, paying for …

Can You Be Selfless & Lead A Culture Of Engagement? No.

Dawn Burke Audacious Ideas, Culture, Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Uncategorized

I’m not a great Catholic; decent I’d say.  Decent enough to go to Ash Wednesday service after several months’ absence. Better late than never.   I was inspired by the sermon, which gave the congregation some perspective on Lent, including how to personally reflect over this time.  The sermon also touched on themes of forgiveness and selflessness. The sermon got …

In The #MeToo Era, Should White Men Be Called Privileged? Yes. And That’s OK.

Dawn Burke Current Affairs, Dawn Burke

I love white men.  I’m married to one. He treats me well and is a fair, righteous man.  So let’s get that straight.  Now, let’s get on with it…. In the #MeToo era, should white men default to accepting and acknowledging they have been unwitting benefactors of privilege.  That answer is a resounding yes. You can’t fix what you don’t …

Should An Attorney Be On Every HR team? Don’t Kick The Idea Out Of Bed Yet.

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employee Engagement

A few days ago I read an insightful post from the HR Bartender herself, Sharlyn Lauby (go ahead and start following her stuff now).  The post titled, “Employees: When Should You Lawyer Up…”, answered a reader’s question about getting legal advice from an employment attorney. The reader was an employee, not an HR pro.   Reading this article stoked a …

2018 HR Advice:  Let The Force Be With You; Control Your Destiny.

Dawn Burke Change, Dawn Burke

First and foremost — I’m not going to give away any Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers.  Exhale.   If you’ve read any non-spoiler piece about TLJ, you know significant themes of the movie include examining the past, distinguishing nostalgia from fact, and exploring when the past needs to be just that… the past.  Human conundrums, indeed. And to make …

You’ve Accepted Your Boss Is an Ass. Here’s How To “Begin” Quitting Over The Holidays.

Dawn Burke Career Advice, Dawn Burke

“Whose permission are you looking for? Go do your thing…Nothing is going to happen unless you do something . Quit that f**king bull***t job; you can always get another job.” –Gary Vaynerchuk– One of the videos that has inspired me over the last weeks is this short rant from Gary Vaynerchuk.  Watch the entire thing — it’s only 1 ½ …

The Bad #CEO Files: Identifying The Clueless Narcissist

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Leadership

Holy crap, narcissism is alive and well in 2017! Narcissism in the workforce is nothing new; the narcissistic leader is nothing new. However, turn on any news channel and you’ll quickly see narcissists are center stage with a spotlight shining very brightly on them. Narcissists are finally being exposed and the public isn’t thrilled at what they are seeing. Working …

Another Vile Type of Harassment: The Corporate Freeze-out

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Leadership

Being excluded sucks.  When everyone else is talking about MindHunter on Netflix and you don’t know what the hell is going on, it stinks.  Or when you see 10 cars in front of your neighbor’s house, you know for a second you’re like, “Dang, a party? Hmmm, my invite must have gotten lost.”  You aren’t alone. It’s universally human to …