#HR Hired Before Execs! Fad or Fundamental

Over the years I’ve seen HR practices come and go.  Remember the Zappo’s “Holacracy”? Sounded great…but didn’t stick. This, my friends, is what we would call a fad.  So, in that vein, a friend of mine forwarded me a New York Times Article titled: Focusing On HR Before Ping Pong Tables. The article describes a shift […]

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ALWAYS Believe Adults Mean What They Say

As HR Pros and Talent Acquisitions Specialists we have to make judgments based on information. We usually gather this information in the form of interviews (job interviews, coaching interviews, feedback surveys, etc.). What have I learned after all these years interviewing? When an adult tells you something, you have to believe they mean it. Here’s my […]

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Control Your HR World W These Princess Leia Tricks

Since learning Carrie Fisher passed away, I thought it would be nice to repost my Fistful Of Talent post from January 2016.  Enjoy! –DHB 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. […]

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Burke Bedside Chat: Can I Discriminate Against Boring People?

Every Tuesday I conduct my Burke Bedside Chat live on Facebook.  It’s me and my trusted side-kick, hubby Bo Burke, sitting in bed doing what old-people do…we go to bed early and talk about random stuff on Facebook. Live. Along with talking about po-boys, Hamilton, Pokemon, mushroom villages and football, I naturally throw in HR, Leadership, […]

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Your Best HR strategy: Give Up Being Proactive

I’ve been in Sr. HR for sometime.  I’ve sat in countless strategy sessions.  Something I’ve noticed most execs (including HR) state emphatically is the need to be proactive.  Some even pine for proactivity, treating their inability to wrap their arms around a proactive strategy like a shunned teenage victim of unrequited love.  If only there was more […]

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Deliberately Disrupt Your Comfort Zone

“I gotta go through the fire and brace the flame, let it burn real deep to get over the pain, I gotta break through.  I gotta break through.”  —My girl, Mary J. Blige! So, I did a speaking gig for #DisruptHR Chicago a few weeks ago.  A new speaking format where you get 5 minutes, the slides […]

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Wanna Screw Up Engagement > Multi-task During a Call

Wanna suck the life out of your engagement strategy.  I mean really take your engagement credibility to new lows.  Multi-task while you are on the phone. You know what will immediately make your employees think you don’t care…the sound of your clicking keyboard. When you are talking to someone. During a scheduled call. Since I’ve been […]

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Thanks Is Better Than “Seat At Table”

Some HR Pros aspire to have a seat-at-the-table.  That’s cool.  It’s a great ambition to have. I’ve been at the table, I’ve been off the table, I’ve been at the kids-table (imagine Thanksgiving dinner but at work), so I know from where I speak. But there is one thing better than that seat and some of […]

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David Bowie: Hero.

OK- you knew it was coming. A David Bowie blogpost. Throw a rock at my head. Or, “oh baby, just you shut your mouth”.  I prefer the later. I really like David Bowie.  Always have.  As a matter of fact, if you check out my bio over at Fistful Of Talent, you’ll see I reference David […]

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#Boondoggle ’15 > Leaders Must Carry The Weight

I attended a leadership event, Boondoggle that got me singing again. Literally. Below is the track to prove it. Why did this event get me singing again? I had the revelation it is OK to be a professional and an artist. It’s OK to be a leader and a learner. It’s OK to be messy, […]

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