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  • Solve interpersonal problems rather than recycling them

    Q. I am overwhelmed in my job and often don't have time to deal with people who are incompetent, huffy or wasting my time. When I try to get other people to focus on the job, they often look upset and I still don't get them to be productive. How can I...
  • Nobody wins in the fight to be right

    Q. I am daily astonished at the stupid things my coworkers, managers and customers tend to do. I try to be diplomatic when I point out to them what they are doing wrong. I also let them know that I am only trying to help them. People just get madder at...
  • Sharing your feelings won't boost your effectiveness at work

    Q. I've been through quite a bit of therapy, and I believe it is important for me to be honest with my feelings at work. The other day I told a coworker he was hurting my feelings, and he just got mad. Isn't the point of mental health to know how you...
  • Want a blissful job? Start small

    Q. I know what my dream job would be and I want to go directly after my ideal career. The problem is I have no idea how to get to my goal. I alternate between thinking I'm stupid, thinking I lack courage, and believing other people are just luckier. How...
  • Uncommon success a matter of attention to detail

    Q. I have a lot of good intentions at work, but most of my ideas sound great at night and are forgotten by 9 a.m. I read about people who do great things and wonder how they heck they deal with the little stuff. How can I get ahead on the big goals when...
  • Obsession with perfection won't help career

    Q. When I make mistakes at my office, I'm my own worst enemy. I replay my errors, talk about them when I get home, and some nights even dream about what I did wrong. My boss is perfectly happy with my performance, but I see how I can do a better job. I'...
  • Courtesy is an advantage, but one few display

    Q. Whatever happened to common courtesy? I'm a marketing consultant, and I notice increasing number of people who don't return phone calls, who expect my time for free, and who don't even show up for scheduled meetings! How do I handle such common...
  • Courage is a muscle - use it!

    Q. There are many people I admire in my career, but I think they were all born with a whole lot more courage than I was. I know they had to risk failing or looking foolish or being disappointed. Do you think that some people just start out with more self-...
  • Turning a nervous breakdown into a personal breakthrough

    Q. I've been in a stressful industry for a long time and am very successful. However, lately I find myself exhausted, bored and irritable about even small problems. Many people have commented that I'm not acting like myself. I wonder if I'm cracking up....
  • The brilliance of first impressions

    Q. I do an enormous amount of hiring for my organization. After a decade of interviewing, I notice subtle signs right away that tell me how good a potential employee will be. The problem is I feel guilty that I'm not giving people a chance if I jump to...
  • Let customer be 'right' to get conflict resolved

    Q. I've tried to explain to an important customer that he misunderstood our policies when he hired my company. The customer can't admit he was wrong and is now talking to my boss, and I'm in trouble. How did this end up as my fault, and how can I get...
  • To fin best career opportunities, you must venture off current map

    Q. I'm finding myself increasingly bored in my job. I am good at it and have been doing it for several years. I can see new opportunities for me but even looking for a new job involves the risk of making my current employer mad. Is there a way to enrich...