HIRE OF THE WEEK: MISS USA CONTESTANT MARISSA POWELL

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Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.

SHOW DATE: JUNE 26, 2013

We all know how it’s like to forget what you’re going to say in front of a crowd. Now imagine millions of people watching you say something so cringe-worthy on national television that you become an instant meme.

You’d think that Marissa Powell—the third-place winner of this year’s Miss USA pageant whose atrocious answer to one of the competition’s question has gone viral (video shown below)—would be the fire of the week. But Ms. Powell is this week’s hire, and there’s an important reason. Yes, she gave a horrifyingly bad answer, but you could tell from the look in her eyes that she knew what she was saying was bad. She had a genuine awareness of the problem (unlike Ms. South Carolina’s flub from 2007), and she made a genuine attempt to stand strong. And Ms. Utah pushed through.You could tell she wanted to run off the stage, but she stuck with it till the end and survived, despite the incessant flurry of ridicule. She even ended up going on several talk shows to discuss the flub. Talk about gonads.

This is a good example to follow for anyone who streams to overcome any hurdles their job is likely to throw at them: take a stand and don’t run away from your mistakes, no matter how embarrassing they are.

 

By Aleksandr Smechov

Manage co-worker conflict the RIGHT way

If a co-worker has done something to really upset you, you need to talk to him about it–holding a silent grudge doesn’t help anyone. But confronting your co-workers in public is going to do more harm than good. There’s a better way to approach this tricky situation, and Auntie Evan tells you how in this video.

TWO THINGS TWENTY-SOMETHINGS MUST UNDERSTAND

If you’re a twenty-something, you’ve benefited greatly by being part of a tech-savvy generation. However, there are a few bad habits you’ve picked up along the way, and they could be hurting your professional life. Here, Auntie Even tells you two habits you need to give up right away.

HIRE OF THE WEEK: KHOU WEATHERMAN DAVID PAUL

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Every week, Auntie Evan and Uncle David scour the news to find a Hire or Fire of the Week. Hires display impeccable aplomb and go above and beyond what they’re expected to do on the job. Fires do the opposite. Tune in every week to see who’s getting Hired or Fired next.

SHOW DATE: May 1, 2013

It’s happened to you: in the middle of an important call or client presentation, disaster strikes! For Houston weatherman David Paul, the disaster was an unshakeable bout of hiccups that lasted the full duration of his on-air weather forecast. But, in a clip that has since gone viral, David held it together, didn’t give up, and got through the experience like a trooper. While his ordeal is amusing to watch, his perseverance is exemplary.