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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...