"I have a delicate issue I need some advice on handling. I have a wonderful, talented HR person that has trouble with subject/verb agreement, both verbally and in emails. She has a college degree, but I think this is just what she grew up with. Common issues are things like "I seen" and "he do" …that kind of thing. I'm concerned that the way she speaks is going to relegate her to jobs at a certain level and cause upper management not to appreciate her or her abilities fully. Have any of you ever addressed this kind of thing?"
In addition to that...Be less concerned about the judgments made by others and how it might hold her back and, instead, shift your focus to the growth opportunity you believe she is deserving of and then align it with what matters most to her. What are her priorities? What does she care most about? What does she want for herself and how will taking advantage of this growth opportunity help her achieve that?
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