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  • Diagnose why boss is blowing top

    Q. My boss seems to be completely miffed by an expense report I didn't file. I just can't believe he doesn't have more important things to be upset about. He is ready to fire me because I didn't file one small report. Is there any way to get at what is...
  • Managing a micromanager

    Q. My boss is a micromanager. He needs to control every single detail of any project I am working on, and then he hovers as I work. I'm starting to hide in our conference room to get privacy. How do I get him to trust my skills? A. You get your boss to...
  • Being ignored? Speak up!

    Q. I work as a traveling teacher spread throughout several districts. My office is in a building where I attend weekly morning meetings. The group that is part of these meetings has frequent lunches that I'm never invited to. Should I even say something...
  • Don't get even at work; think about ways to get ahead

    Q. I get angry at work because people rarely do what they should. I end up picking up the pieces. My boss recently told me my coworkers think I'm creating a hostile workplace. Well, I think they are not doing the job they're paid for. Am I right? A. Yes,...
  • Learn better ways to deliver bad news to coworkers

    Q. Sometimes, in my job, I have to say things that make people mad. You often talk about how to be diplomatic with coworkers. Is there a way to deliver bad news that doesn't annoy people? A. No. You can make it less likely that people will be mad at you,...
  • Acceding to unreasonable customer demands is risky business

    Q. My organization has very, very clear spelled out and discussed rules and boundaries for how we work with customers. We have a written customer contract, and we even verbally review each point before we work with a new customer. Customers still expect...
  • Get OCD coworker off your back

    Q. I work with someone who just loves obsessing about petty details. As far as he can tell, the sky is falling, every detail will cause the end of the world, and every mistake may end a life. I find him exhausting. Is there anyone I can get him to stop...
  • 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...
  • Choose power, not pity

    Q. The past year has been nothing but drama. There has been a huge amount of turnover, unexpected changes, and demanding projects. Everyone in the company is constantly making things worse by complaining about how unfair it all is. Is there a way to get...
  • 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...
  • Get the credit you deserve

    Q. When my boss asks for ideas, I find I will often state a good idea, it will get talked over, and then someone says the same thing and takes the credit. Is there a way I diplomatically can point out that I said it first? A. Yes, you can use your...