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  • Change bad habit before it starts

    Q. I know I have some bad habits as a manager, but I don't typically see them until after I've created a conflict. How can I get ahead of these behaviors and try to stop myself before I create more problems for myself? A. There are three critical steps...
  • Helping employee understand the meaning of 'no'

    Q. I have an employee that treats "no" as little more than a speed bump. He just goes faster and pretends I didn't say anything. Also, if I give him an inch on any policy, he figures the policy doesn't even apply. I have had repeated conversations where I...
  • Shape up flaky coworker

    Q. I have a coworker who seems incapable of commitment. She tells me she will help with a project and doesn't show. She is late for meetings. She doesn't get back to me when I ask her about future planning. I'm tired of picking up her dropped balls. Is...
  • Dealing with silly improvement campaigns

    Q. I work part time as a receptionist for a company that uses our branch as a training ground for management. When things are going well for the current management team, why do they begin to focus on the lowest paid staff and the things they can do to...
  • Brilliant interview questions for prospective hires

    Q. I am being asked to do more and more hiring of new employees for my team. We have a standard set of interview questions, but people don't always tell the truth. Especially when it comes to interpersonal skills, I have trouble screening for quality...
  • Burned out and can't retire? Here are some tips for a recharge

    Q. I'm 63 and have been working my whole life. I'm completely burned out but know I can't afford to retire. I'm afraid my attitude is going to start affecting the quality of my work. How can I recharge my interest in my career? A. You can recharge your...
  • Problems are doorways to freedom

    Q. I'm in a stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off mood. I have had problem after problem this year. As the year comes to a close, I really wish things at work would just smooth out. I really do try to be proactive but can't seem to escape issues. What is the...
  • Flying off handle won't create change

    Q. I am one that flies off the handle and there is a big reason I do. I'm interrupted so much that when I am trying to speak, if someone doesn't interrupt me, I actually stutter. I've spoken up and it still happens. Any suggestions? I'm starting to hate...
  • Top Interpersonal Edge Tips for 2012

    As loyal readers know, at the end of each year I summarize the advice I gave over the year into one practical wisdom-packed column. Thank you for sharing your struggles, insights and victories! So, dear readers, here you go, and Happy Interpersonal...
  • The art of getting what you want through concession

    Q. In a recent column, you wrote, "Most people around you will actually give away what they originally wanted if you will just let them be right." I can't understand how your scenario could possibly work. It sounds as though if I disagree with a colleague...
  • The advantages of being low maintenance

    Q. I have tried to use advice you give in this column to help me get more help at work. However, I keep getting feedback that I'm high maintenance. In every job I've had, people seem to like me at first. Then they start avoiding me. I make sure I give...
  • Stop boss' son from ruining company

    Q. My boss's son thinks he is God and is suppose to become a partner. He's ruining the policies, workplace and general morale. Is there any way to stop him without losing my job? A. The power to stop this guy actually lies only with his father. However,...