Dear Sharon – March 2019

Q. I am so sad, one of my most beloved teammates just quietly told me that she has been diagnosed with cancer. The prognosis does not sound good. She’s asked that I keep it quiet for now until she figures out the next steps. I just don’t know what to do or how to help in […]

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Dear Sharon – February 2019

Q. I have a co-worker that overall, I work well with, except for one issue. This gentleman in our office is a “Trump Basher” and makes no bones about sharing his opinion freely whenever there is an opportunity. Honestly, I’m not a fan of   President Trump’s personally but I don’t exactly share all his views. […]

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Dear Sharon – January 2019

Q. I’ve been following your column and I’ve been wanting to write in, maybe in an attempt to not feel so alone. I am a senior ranking leader in a respected company. From all outward appearances, I am successful and confident. Here’s my challenge. I’m exhausted, and feel like such a fraud. Most times, I […]

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Dear Sharon – December 2018

Q. There is no easy way to say this: I suck at hiring. For every 10 hires, I maybe keep one! My interviewing skills obviously are not great. Any tips that you can share so I can stop wasting my money on bad hires? A. Before you beat yourself up, hiring is not easy and has changed […]

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Dear Sharon – November 2018

Q: I’m hesitant to submit this question, but I believe I have been passed over for numerous promotions because I am female. I’m a top performer in my organization, but I work for an owner who is very traditional. Any suggestions you can give me for getting noticed? A: This is a tough one and […]

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Dear Sharon – October 2018

Q. Our organization recently hired some younger workers to work at our bank. These younger workers don’t seem to have the same work ethic and want to reinvent every process we have in place. They show up right at 8:30 and run out the door at 5:00. Any advice? A. This is a common issue […]

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Dear Sharon – September 2018

Q. I need help! I have a manufacturing business that is in heavy growth mode. We currently run two shifts, but easily could run three. Challenge is finding qualified people! Currently our second shift should have about 40 workers and we now only have 12! We are advertising on the internet, have a sign out […]

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