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  • How not to unwittingly start workplace gender war

    Q. I am a guy in a field with a lot of executive women as my peers. I've noticed women and men really do seem to come from different planets. Are there any general tools women and men use so our differences don't become a battle ground? A. Yes, women and...
  • If you want power, try a little powerlessness

    Q. I have some peers in my workplace that drive me crazy. They expect my employees to help them with their projects, tell me what to do, and make promises to customers my team needs to deliver. No matter what I say, they don't stop. I go to work every day...
  • Getting results in workplace often means forgoing validation

    Q. I've noticed I spend most of my workday trying to get others to see my point of view. I've also noticed that the more accurate I am, the more people get upset and argue about what I am saying. I'm exhausted! Is there a better approach to getting...
  • Integrity isn't a situational quality; it's a character trait

    Q. I am completely sick of dealing with unreliable people in my workplace. I'd say 80 percent of the people I deal with break promises, are late, or simply don't show up for absolutely no good reason. Is there any way to figure out before I am counting on...
  • Use carrots not sticks with 20-something generation

    Q. I'm a manager in my 50s with a lot of employees in their 20s. I'm getting to the point where I don't want to hire a younger employee because they don't seem to listen, they want rewards without earning them, don't seem to see what needs to get done,...
  • How to fix a depressing workplace

    Q. My workplace is a depressing environment. The cubicles are grey, close together and plain. I often leave work feeling flat, low energy and gloomy. Is there anything I can do to make my surroundings less dismal? A. Yes, there is a lot of research...
  • How to train a touchy employee

    Q. I have a new employee that defends herself and feels attacked every time I try to coach on doing her job better. She is adequate at her job but needs to get better at thinking for herself and noticing details. How do I train her without insulting her?...
  • 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...
  • How to fix workplace problems through time travel

    Q. I often find myself with problems I can't predict at work that make my workday rotten. I notice you offer ideas on how to see problems coming. Is there any technique I can use to spot problems before they ruin my day? A. Yes, write a list of the...
  • Best interpersonal tips for the workplace of 2013

    Every December, as the year draws to a close, I condense the most important advice I've given over the past year. Here's wishing that you start off your New Year loaded with presents that will help you be present to all of the opportunities waiting for...
  • Bring workplace 'flakes' into line by imposing penalties

    Q. I have several customers and coworkers who are last-minute change artists. They are constantly changing meetings, projects and plans at the last minute and expect me to just adapt. My job is becoming chaotic and stressful because of their changes. What...