Speaker Spotlight: Dean Sockett, VP, People & Culture, Keg Restaurants


This week's HR Management Institute Canada’s Speaker Spotlight features Dean Sockett, VP, People & Culture at Keg Restaurants, who will be leading a session on “Sizzling, Storytelling, Serving: Focusing on the Employee Experience to Stretngthen your EVP and Drive Engagement”.

We had the chance to catch up with Dean this week to ask her a few questions about his role, his career and his advice for aspiring HR Leaders.  This is what he shared with us:

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced along your career path?

There was a time when we were owned by a parent company that didn’t to have the same values, philosophy and culture I believed were integral to our company’s success to date. I had to make the decision of either leaving a company that I historically truly loved working for or stay and try to preserve our culture. Fortunately, they eventually moved on so I am glad I stayed.

What attributes or personal characteristics do you believe are integral to your role?

I think a few key characteristics that are integral to be successful in this role are:

  • You have to believe people in general come to work and want to do a good job.
  • Always have an open mind. I believe HR is more of an art than a science. Every person is different and every situation has a different set of circumstances. You will never have the exact same situation twice.  To be successful you have to adjust your thought process to the situation or task at hand.

What is your advice to someone who is moving up the ranks in the field and wants to pursue an executive career?

Be passionate about what you do and be your own person. People need to know what you stand for.  Don’t try to get there by hitching yourself to someone who you believe is your ticket to the top. When two people think alike one of you is redundant.

Join the discussion and walk away with some actionable insights from the HR Management Institute, November 5th – 7th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Muskoka, ON

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