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  • Sharing your feelings won't boost your effectiveness at work

    Q. I've been through quite a bit of therapy, and I believe it is important for me to be honest with my feelings at work. The other day I told a coworker he was hurting my feelings, and he just got mad. Isn't the point of mental health to know how you...
  • Uncommon success a matter of attention to detail

    Q. I have a lot of good intentions at work, but most of my ideas sound great at night and are forgotten by 9 a.m. I read about people who do great things and wonder how they heck they deal with the little stuff. How can I get ahead on the big goals when...
  • Obsession with perfection won't help career

    Q. When I make mistakes at my office, I'm my own worst enemy. I replay my errors, talk about them when I get home, and some nights even dream about what I did wrong. My boss is perfectly happy with my performance, but I see how I can do a better job. I'...
  • Solve interpersonal problems rather than recycling them

    Q. I am overwhelmed in my job and often don't have time to deal with people who are incompetent, huffy or wasting my time. When I try to get other people to focus on the job, they often look upset and I still don't get them to be productive. How can I...
  • Courage is a muscle - use it!

    Q. There are many people I admire in my career, but I think they were all born with a whole lot more courage than I was. I know they had to risk failing or looking foolish or being disappointed. Do you think that some people just start out with more self-...
  • The brilliance of first impressions

    Q. I do an enormous amount of hiring for my organization. After a decade of interviewing, I notice subtle signs right away that tell me how good a potential employee will be. The problem is I feel guilty that I'm not giving people a chance if I jump to...
  • Turning a nervous breakdown into a personal breakthrough

    Q. I've been in a stressful industry for a long time and am very successful. However, lately I find myself exhausted, bored and irritable about even small problems. Many people have commented that I'm not acting like myself. I wonder if I'm cracking up....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...