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  • A-plus performance depends on accountability

    Q. The largest problem I have at work is with other people. Every time something goes wrong at my job, I'm staring at someone who did something stupid, incompetent or thoughtless. How do you approach problems that are someone else's fault? A. The only...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Being 'present' is key to career 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 to...
  • Want a new career? Explore new hobbies

    Q. I'm in my 40s and wondering if I picked the wrong career track. I don't know what else I might want to do, but I feel bored and irritated more often than I ever did when I was young and idealistic. What should I do? A. When I advise clients in a...
  • Manage hearts to manage heads

    Q. I manage many entry-level positions that are mostly staffed by twentysomethings. Many of them are so opinionated, entitled and touchy that it is hard to work with them. How can you motivate and manage people who are so certain that their point of...
  • The power of not knowing

    Q. I've been in my job for 20 years. When I started in my career, I thought I knew just about everything. Now most days I wrestle with how much I don't know. How do you deal with getting good enough at what you do to see how much more you don't know? A....
  • Grumpy feelings can lead you to effectiveness

    Q. I just turned 50, and I feel like I'm turning into a grumpy old woman at work. Everything and everyone is irritating to me! The weird thing is even small things bug me more. Do you think this is just menopause or is something else going on? A. Hormone...
  • Career advice from the 'universe'

    Q. I have been feeling like I need to change my career trajectory but putting it off. Then I had about 10 events all occur that seem like the universe is trying to give me a message. For example, my cell broke before an important meeting, my car battery...
  • Politeness in workplace doesn't cost, it pays

    Q. I'm told I'm gruff and perceived as difficult at work. The truth is I focus on getting the job done. I watched a news show yesterday about how people at work sabotage you when they don't like you. In the show, the baristas at coffee shops even gave...
  • 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...