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  • Workplace success is in the details

    Q. My manager keeps giving me feedback that I miss details. The truth is I'm a big-picture person. I resent that my manager keeps expecting me to fix the little stuff when we have bigger problems. Are there jobs where I can be successful and not have to...
  • Get your kids ready for real work world

    Q. My teens are getting ready to go to college, and I see 20-year-olds having a terrible time getting jobs. Are there some tips you can give to help me get my kids ready for the real world of work? A. As much as we parents love to coddle kids, the rest...
  • Dealing with adversity: Vent privately, accept reality and get to work

    Q. I often see better choices I could have made after a crisis at work has passed. Is there a way I can pay more attention before and during a predicament? A. Even the most successful business men and women in history constantly faced adversity. 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...
  • Getting 'stupid' employees to execute simple instructions

    Q. I was just promoted into management and am shocked at how stupid my employees can be. I give them directions and then they do 18 things I didn't want. I'm getting really frustrated and curt with them. How do I make sure they do tasks the way I want...
  • How to invent a dream job

    Q. I don't think the job I want is in the want ads. Does that mean I can't make money doing what I want? A. Most hybrid or emerging jobs are not in the classifieds. Especially when people reach the middle of their careers, they can find themselves with...
  • 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...
  • How to cut unproductive conversations short without offending

    Q. I'm a results-oriented guy, and I have often been told I'm intimidating or bossy. I try to ask what people think we should do, but it takes forever for them to come up with a plan. Is there a way to get people to take action without being accused of...
  • 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?...