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  • To excel in your career, learn how to dream big

    Q. I pride myself on not being a difficult or picky person. However, at work I find I often end up with the projects my coworkers don't want. I'd like to create a better quality of work life but don't want to be demanding. What strategies can I use to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Taming the green-eyed monster on the job

    Q. I'm having enormous career success and have some envious coworkers who are making up lies about me. Sometimes I defend myself and counter the lies. Sometimes I stay quiet. How do I deal effectively with envy about my hard-earned success? A. People who...
  • INTERPERSONAL EDGE, For release 02/02/14

    Q. I get such wonderful insights and practical ideas from being an avid reader of your column and found myself wondering if you yourself ever make any New Year's resolutions. If you do, how do you pick what you want to improve and how do you implement...
  • Want brilliant employees? Hire an intern

    Q. I am in charge of bringing entry-level employees into my company. Our turnover is a thing of wonder. Is there any way to do a better job screening before I make a commitment to hire and end up disappointed? Watching new employees come and go is...
  • How not to unwittingly start workplace gender war

    Q. I am a guy in a field with a lot of executive women as my peers. I've noticed women and men really do seem to come from different planets. Are there any general tools women and men use so our differences don't become a battle ground? A. Yes, women and...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Integrity isn't a situational quality; it's a character trait

    Q. I am completely sick of dealing with unreliable people in my workplace. I'd say 80 percent of the people I deal with break promises, are late, or simply don't show up for absolutely no good reason. Is there any way to figure out before I am counting on...