Forbes Publishes New Book by Appleton Business Owner Sharon Hulce

The executive search expert and president/CEO of Employment Resource Group, Inc. (ERG) gives her personal and professional insights into how business leaders and other established employees as well as employers can re-engage and find their career

Published Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Displayed on one of the massive digital billboards in New York City’s legendary Times Square, visionary business owner Sharon Hulce had her new book “A Well Done Professional Midlife Crisis: How to Bleed Passion and Energy Back into Your Career” released to the world today.

Hulce, a Wisconsin native who is the founder, president and CEO of Employment Resource Group, Inc. (ERG) in Appleton, parlayed what has been a nearly 25-year career in executive search into an introspective book published by ForbesBooks.

The purpose of the book?

“To snap well-established business leaders and other successful employees out of their professional funk … or, as I like to say, boredom in the boardroom,” Hulce explains.

Having withstood her own professional midlife crisis, Hulce was inspired to write a book after hearing the subdued stories of countless long-tenured, highly skilled, high-ranking professionals who have called on her team at ERG to explore new opportunities for them.

“They come to us and say they just don’t fit anymore working where they’re at. They’re prone to feelings of disconnect and being bored to tears,” Hulce says. “They don’t have innovation or creativity or all of the other things that excited them when they were young in their careers. These proven and talented job seekers in their 40s and 50s are longing to be able to go to work and actually enjoy it again.”

Hulce’s book also speaks to employers, who she says are apt to abandon engagement with their employees because they’re consumed by meetings and solving problems all day. In doing so, they are often neglecting the organization’s longtime, experienced, valuable older workers, thus contributing to those employees’ boredom and threatening the continuity of the team as companies are continually faced with employee retention. And, ultimately, employee turnover creates undue stress and results in a costly hit to revenue for businesses.

“As the leader of a company, how are you engaging what should be the core of your workforce, speaking to their soul and getting them energized and passionate about work again?” Hulce says.

“A Well Done Professional Midlife Crisis” is available for purchase on To learn more about Hulce and the book, go to

And mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, May 14, 2020, when Sharon will host a special celebration for her book at James W. Perry Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Fox Cities campus in Menasha with special guest Jack Canfield, co-author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.

About Employment Resource Group, Inc. (ERG)

Founded in 2002 by Sharon Hulce, the Appleton, Wisconsin-based executive search company helps organizations not only find technically competent job candidates but also changes the primary focus of their recruitment and retention of employees to one about behaviors. Hulce, who has specialized in executive search since 1996, has always believed you “hire for attitude, train for skill.” ERG took this a step further and formalized its Pinnacle Talent division in 2014. This work focuses on proactive hiring, employee retention, empowerment of an employee’s career, and succession planning. Learn more at

About ForbesBooks

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