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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Avoid the 'fight to be right' to get results

    Q. I'm an avid reader of this column and am puzzled by why you so often recommend telling coworkers they are right in an argument. I think the truth is important. I always speak my mind. Do I have to pick between making my point and being effective at...
  • To succeed, set aside ego

    Q. My workplace seems wackier than usual recently. I've had several people just blow up at me and tell me all the ways I'm doing a bad job. I try to explain my position but they just keep criticizing me. Is there any way to deal with someone who just...
  • Help coworker choose diversity, not soap box

    Q. I work with somebody who is a strict vegan. Not a problem except that when we have a party, go out to lunch with customers, or eat in the break room, she gives us judgmental looks and comments about meat. I don't mind her making a choice for herself,...
  • Stop getting hurt in workplace jungle

    Q. My boss is mean, rude and ungrateful. I have been nothing but nice and hard working and he just seems to get worse. I have coworkers who are also rude, and he seems to leave them alone. Why is being nice making me a target? How can I get my boss to...
  • Fix workplace burnout

    Q. My company has been in crisis mode for about three years now, and I am thoroughly burned out. I don't want to be seen as lazy, but I need a break, vacation and some life balance. At first, I was productive with the long hours, but now I make repeated...
  • Change bad habit before it starts

    Q. I know I have some bad habits as a manager, but I don't typically see them until after I've created a conflict. How can I get ahead of these behaviors and try to stop myself before I create more problems for myself? A. There are three critical steps...
  • Focus on results not getting apology

    Q. I have to work with another team and manager who treats me and my team badly. I keep trying to get him and his team members to see that the way they act is unprofessional. The manager gets huffy and his team members get hostile. How can I get them to...
  • Problems are doorways to freedom

    Q. I'm in a stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off mood. I have had problem after problem this year. As the year comes to a close, I really wish things at work would just smooth out. I really do try to be proactive but can't seem to escape issues. What is the...