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  • To protect against swearing boss, let HR department set limits

    Q. I work for a manager who has an overbearing style, yells and swears. He's in trouble with human resources because of his language. He is particularly outrageous in referring to our female employees with sexual obscenities. I'm the team lead and...
  • Key to job hunt is tenacity

    Q. I've been unemployed for about a year and am ready to give up. Most jobs don't even respond to my resume. When I do get an interview, I rarely get a call back and never get the job. What is the point of continuing to hit my head against the brick...
  • Diagnose why boss is blowing top

    Q. My boss seems to be completely miffed by an expense report I didn't file. I just can't believe he doesn't have more important things to be upset about. He is ready to fire me because I didn't file one small report. Is there any way to get at what is...
  • Getting colleagues to love your ideas

    Q. I'm excellent at my job and find that my colleagues are threatened by my competency. When I make suggestions, they often tell me, "We don't do it that way around here." How do I get people to quit being upset when I point out how they could do their...
  • Want leverage? Stop asking 'Pretty please'

    Q. I find that I often ask repeatedly for things in the workplace without results. I follow your advice about being specific and behavioral, but it doesn't help. What am I missing? A. What you are missing is ... leverage. You are ahead of most people...
  • Learn better ways to deliver bad news to coworkers

    Q. Sometimes, in my job, I have to say things that make people mad. You often talk about how to be diplomatic with coworkers. Is there a way to deliver bad news that doesn't annoy people? A. No. You can make it less likely that people will be mad at you,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • When dumb is smart

    Q. I work with a very smart guy who seems to make everything complicated. We often have to explain projects to customers. How do I get him to dumb it down, so we don't lose projects, without insulting him? A. If you don't want to insult your bright...
  • Avoid being communication scapegoat

    Q. I've noticed this last year that everyone around me seems to have developed Attention Deficit Disorder. I send emails, make phone calls and have personal conversations, and people don't remember or they misunderstand. Then they blame me! Is there a...
  • 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....