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  • Learn to discern whom to mentor

    Q. I've managed employees at organization for 20 years and consider myself an exceptional mentor. What I find frustrating is how often my employees both don't appreciate my help and don't use what I have to offer. Can you explain why people are often so...
  • Want great employees? Set them free

    Q. I have a new part-time hire whom I like and who is good at his job. The problem is he is acting burdened when I ask way in advance for him to work any overtime. He knew this was a condition of his job. How can I talk to him about this issue? A. You...
  • Be here now for workplace success

    Q. I always hear about the power of being in the present and can see the "now" might have spiritual benefit. I fail, however, to see how being present can help me make more money or advance in my company. Plus, when I attempt to be more present I tend...
  • Don't let holiday blues get you down

    Q. What is the best way to handle the stressed-out coworkers and customers I am handling over the holiday season. People seem irritable, irrational and touchy -- not exactly the happiest time of the year. Are there strategies for coping with a workplace...
  • Reflections for a new year of success in work and life

    As we face a new year full of resolutions, persisting problems and new challenges, here are a few ideas to unwrap that might help you at work. Don't let ghosts of the past ruin your future. What we decide to do with what happens to us is more important...
  • Spot narcissists before they hurt you

    Q. I swear that half the people I work with lack empathy and are arrogant and completely self-absorbed. What can I do so they don't make me miserable? A. Research reveals that most narcissists are aware of their self-absorption. Start by asking a...
  • Butterfly breeze trumps Godzilla strategies at work

    Q. I actually have some free time at work, and I am attempting to look busy. What can I do with my downtime that will pay the biggest dividends in the future when it comes to avoiding issues with others? A. Look around at everything in your workplace...
  • Is courtesy no longer common?

    Q. What happened to common courtesy? I'm a marketing consultant and I notice increasing number of people who don't return phone calls, expect my time for free, and don't even show up for scheduled meetings! How do I handle such common rudeness? A....
  • To solve problems at work, focus on desired outcome

    Q. The longer I am in my career, the more I see doing well in my job boils down to superb problem solving. The trouble is that I can clearly see what is not working but really struggle to come up with a new approach. Do you have any tips to improve...
  • Playing blame game is giving up your own power to change

    Q. I'm in the middle of my career and so tired of running into roadblocks to get promoted, get better paid and have projects that are more interesting. I have found the problem is usually my boss, my coworkers and the customers I tend to work with. How...
  • Perspective and self-awareness will improve attitude at work

    Q. There are some specific recurrent problems in my job that I am obsessing about. I end up feeling frustrated, stuck and powerless to come up with solutions. Are there just some situations you can't improve, or am I looking at the problem without the...