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  • If you want power, try a little powerlessness

    Q. I have some peers in my workplace that drive me crazy. They expect my employees to help them with their projects, tell me what to do, and make promises to customers my team needs to deliver. No matter what I say, they don't stop. I go to work every day...
  • How to foil the office bully

    Q. A recently hired employee is being bullied by the employee who trained that person. The boss does nothing to discourage the bully. My husband thinks I should ignore it. I want to do something but not to put my job in jeopardy. The only advice I gave...
  • Let go of fantasies about how workplace 'should be'

    Q. I'm in my 50s and starting to notice that most of the beliefs I had about work in my 20s were wrong. Many people break promises, hard work often doesn't get rewarded, and the truly responsible employees often get in trouble. How can I cope better...
  • Dealing with adversity: Vent privately, accept reality and get to work

    Q. I often see better choices I could have made after a crisis at work has passed. Is there a way I can pay more attention before and during a predicament? A. Even the most successful business men and women in history constantly faced adversity. The...
  • Workplace success is in the details

    Q. My manager keeps giving me feedback that I miss details. The truth is I'm a big-picture person. I resent that my manager keeps expecting me to fix the little stuff when we have bigger problems. Are there jobs where I can be successful and not have to...
  • Coworkers respond to consequences, not nagging

    Q. I am completely baffled why people around me at work don't change when I explain how their actions are causing me problems. I am articulate and repeatedly express that it is upsetting when they drop the ball. How can I do a better job of explaining the...
  • Success should be your goal, not self-esteem

    Q. When I tell my boss or coworkers that I need help or have a problem, they make it pretty clear I must be incompetent. I am so tired of being criticized if I'm not superhuman. How can I get them to stop being shaming when I can't meet their...
  • Get your kids ready for real work world

    Q. My teens are getting ready to go to college, and I see 20-year-olds having a terrible time getting jobs. Are there some tips you can give to help me get my kids ready for the real world of work? A. As much as we parents love to coddle kids, the rest...
  • Negotiate for results rather than empathy

    Q. I consider myself a good communicator. When people hurt my feelings at work, I let them know they are upsetting me. What I don't understand is why other people get so defensive and annoyed when I am just being clear. How can I get people to listen to...
  • Acting well is important in face of adversity

    Q. I've had adversity after adversity in the last two years. Just when I think I've entered a stable state at work, everything and everyone changes. I'm exhausted, cranky and fantasizing about telling everyone off. Is there any technique you teach for...
  • Getting results in workplace often means forgoing validation

    Q. I've noticed I spend most of my workday trying to get others to see my point of view. I've also noticed that the more accurate I am, the more people get upset and argue about what I am saying. I'm exhausted! Is there a better approach to getting...
  • To be more effective, ask 'How?' and 'What?' -- not 'Why?'

    Q. I'm a very inquisitive person and always ask people I work with to tell me why they want things a certain way. My boss is telling me I'm creating a hostile work environment. Is there a problem with asking why? How can I get good information, and why...