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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Hire Once, Hire Right

This is probably one of the craziest talent markets I have experienced in my twenty-one years of executive search. We make twice as many calls to find the right fit and employers want this done at record speed. And I get it – in business the only real capital that makes the engine run are […]

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Five Realizations to Reduce Career Stress

Maybe I’m wrong, but I firmly believe that the increase in stress levels in today’s worker is in direct correlation with why cancer cases have skyrocketed. And while I understand this truth, I have yet to completely figure out how to reduce work life stress in my own life. Expectations are high. Everyone I know […]

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To Millennials With Gratitude

First I have a confession. As a leader, it has taken me some time to understand the true value of the millennial generation. Firmly planted at the end of the baby boomer generation, I bought into the many reasons why Millennials drive baby boomers crazy. I admit, I was wrong. What I now understand, by […]

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