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Daneen Skube

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  • Acting well is important in face of adversity

    Q. I've had adversity after adversity in the last two years. Just when I think I've entered a stable state at work, everything and everyone changes. I'm exhausted, cranky and fantasizing about telling everyone off. Is there any technique you teach for...
  • Coworkers respond to consequences, not nagging

    Q. I am completely baffled why people around me at work don't change when I explain how their actions are causing me problems. I am articulate and repeatedly express that it is upsetting when they drop the ball. How can I do a better job of explaining the...
  • Let go of fantasies about how workplace 'should be'

    Q. I'm in my 50s and starting to notice that most of the beliefs I had about work in my 20s were wrong. Many people break promises, hard work often doesn't get rewarded, and the truly responsible employees often get in trouble. How can I cope better...
  • Negotiate for results rather than empathy

    Q. I consider myself a good communicator. When people hurt my feelings at work, I let them know they are upsetting me. What I don't understand is why other people get so defensive and annoyed when I am just being clear. How can I get people to listen to...
  • Success should be your goal, not self-esteem

    Q. When I tell my boss or coworkers that I need help or have a problem, they make it pretty clear I must be incompetent. I am so tired of being criticized if I'm not superhuman. How can I get them to stop being shaming when I can't meet their...
  • To be more effective, ask 'How?' and 'What?' -- not 'Why?'

    Q. I'm a very inquisitive person and always ask people I work with to tell me why they want things a certain way. My boss is telling me I'm creating a hostile work environment. Is there a problem with asking why? How can I get good information, and why...
  • How to foil the office bully

    Q. A recently hired employee is being bullied by the employee who trained that person. The boss does nothing to discourage the bully. My husband thinks I should ignore it. I want to do something but not to put my job in jeopardy. The only advice I gave...
  • How to tell you're working with a narcissist

    Q. One of my resolutions this year is to be a better judge of character of those I work with. I'm often unpleasantly surprised by the bad behavior of bosses, employees and customers. Since you are a people skills expert, I wanted to know if there was...
  • Taming the green-eyed monster on the job

    Q. I'm having enormous career success and have some envious coworkers who are making up lies about me. Sometimes I defend myself and counter the lies. Sometimes I stay quiet. How do I deal effectively with envy about my hard-earned success? A. People who...
  • 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...
  • Want brilliant employees? Hire an intern

    Q. I am in charge of bringing entry-level employees into my company. Our turnover is a thing of wonder. Is there any way to do a better job screening before I make a commitment to hire and end up disappointed? Watching new employees come and go is...