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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Get the credit you deserve

    Q. When my boss asks for ideas, I find I will often state a good idea, it will get talked over, and then someone says the same thing and takes the credit. Is there a way I diplomatically can point out that I said it first? A. Yes, you can use your...
  • 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,...
  • How to defuse whining at the office

    Q. I work in an industry where it seems like everyone has a graduate degree in whining. I listen to so many complaints on a daily basis it makes me want to quit. What can I do to get people to stop whining and act like they are older than two? A....
  • Effective managers deliver bad news with right words

    Q. I've been a manager for 15 years and am puzzled at how badly my employees take negative feedback. I attempt to diplomatically tell them when they are not team players or are rude or inappropriate, but they always end up offended. How do I deliver bad...
  • 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...
  • Fixing rejection at the office

    Q. I'm the one at work no one likes. I'm the one that's hard to get along with, yet I am always respectful and nice to everyone. I am not a gossiper. This has been going on my whole work life. Within one to two weeks of starting a new job, it feels as...
  • Helping others in the office is a way to help yourself

    Q. The advice in your column often seems geared to avoid making other people uncomfortable. My job is hard enough without having to walk on eggshells about other people's feelings. Since the tools you teach seem to be tricky to learn and take time, how...
  • Body language is much more eloquent than words

    Q. Over the last year, I have been repeatedly surprised by the hidden agendas of my boss, coworkers and clients. They say one thing and then do another. I do listen carefully to what people say. How can I figure out what is really going on without being...
  • Be brilliant ... by making others look smart

    Q. I work with a new guy that I think is stupid. I don't mean that to be insulting, but I really think he is not very bright. He doesn't seem to remember what I say, gets easily confused and struggles to figure anything out. Do you have ideas on how to...