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  • 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...
  • A funny answer turneth away stress

    Q. I work in a job where my team can be deadly serious. Everybody gets stressed, curt and hostile. The other day I said something funny in a meeting and the whole mood lightened. Will I still be taken seriously if I cut the heavy mood with humor...
  • Shift your perspective, and your results will shift as well

    Q. I'm an optimist about human behavior. I think most people mean well and are kind. Yet in the workplace I am constantly surprised by the thoughtless behavior my coworkers and customers will pull without blinking an eye. What am I missing, and how do I...
  • Find your leverage at work

    Q. I try very hard to be a perfectionist at work. I work long hours, double check everything I do, and stress out to make sure any project I do is top notch. I'm still getting passed over for promotions and not getting much of a raise each year. How can I...
  • How to spin a bad reference

    Q. During an interview, how do you handle it if your last supervisor will give you a less than glowing reference? Am I doomed? A. You are not doomed, but you will need to consider other referral sources within your last organization or contemplate...
  • Is coworker a liar or just unrealistic?

    Q. I work with a person who was just promoted to lead. My problem is he always promises to get tasks I need done and then makes excuses. We just had someone quit, and I know he has a lot on his plate, but I am tired of him lying. Is there a way to get him...
  • Make verbal abuser accountable

    Q. I have a coworker who is constantly verbally abusive. He calls me names, yells and puts my work down. I have to work with this guy a lot, and I'm ending up calling in sick just to avoid him. When I go to my boss, she just tells me to work harder at...
  • Help people play the game of work

    Q. Most people in my workplace definitely don't play well with others. I am so tired of doing all the work to keep people on track. I'd like to let people deal with the consequences of their bad behavior. Where at work does it make sense to help people...
  • Helping employee understand the meaning of 'no'

    Q. I have an employee that treats "no" as little more than a speed bump. He just goes faster and pretends I didn't say anything. Also, if I give him an inch on any policy, he figures the policy doesn't even apply. I have had repeated conversations where I...
  • Sick of next 'big idea'? Get results instead

    Q. I work for an organization that seems to be committed to the next Big Idea. It has vision statements, abstract goals and no specific plans. I'm a relatively new hire and trying to be successful. Is there a way to succeed when I have no idea what my...