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  • 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...
  • Effective managers deliver bad news with right words

    Q. I've been a manager for 15 years and am puzzled at how badly my employees take negative feedback. I attempt to diplomatically tell them when they are not team players or are rude or inappropriate, but they always end up offended. How do I deliver bad...
  • Most powerful question at work: How? -- not Why?

    Q. I'm a bright, ambitious professional, and I often ask a lot of questions. I notice when I ask people why they are doing something, they get hostile. When I ask if I can do something, I often get turned down. Is there some better way to gather...
  • 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...
  • How to foil the office bully

    Q. A recently hired employee is being bullied by the employee who trained that person. The boss does nothing to discourage the bully. My husband thinks I should ignore it. I want to do something but not to put my job in jeopardy. The only advice I gave...
  • Negotiate for results rather than empathy

    Q. I consider myself a good communicator. When people hurt my feelings at work, I let them know they are upsetting me. What I don't understand is why other people get so defensive and annoyed when I am just being clear. How can I get people to listen to...
  • 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...
  • 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...