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  • Do you dare tell the truth at work?

    Q. I've noticed a lot of people in my workplace seem to play it fast and loose with the truth. They often cover up their mistakes and play up their strengths. One of my coworkers says this is marketing, I think it is lying. Who is right? A. Both of you...
  • Create 'learning organization'

    Q. I know I misunderstood something one of my employees said and overreacted. We used to have a great relationship. Now he hardly looks at me. I really don't want to have to admit I was wrong? How can I fix the relationship and still keep my pride? A....
  • 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 stupid people tricks

    Q. My organization has tripled the number of employees I supervise, and I'm exhausted with how many stupid mistakes they make. I make every effort to train them and yet they still manage to misunderstand nearly everything I say. How can I make the job...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Is end of 2012 workplace Armageddon?

    Q. People in my workplace are noticing all sorts of problems occurring faster and more frequently as we get toward end of the year. They're talking about the Mayan calendar and predictions about the end of the world. I've got enough stress without...
  • Don't fall for fantasy in the workplace

    Q. My team and my manager work with a charismatic supervisor who is always telling lies about what he's going to do for our company. My team and manager hang on every word he says, make excuses for why he doesn't deliver, and then look forward to his next...
  • Stop workplace drama queens

    Q. I am so tired of the personal drama in my workplace. It seems like a lot of my coworkers constantly search out any reason to go on and on about what is unfair, or how people are mean, or they never get what they deserve. Honestly, I'm fine with problem...
  • 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,...
  • Want a promotion? Make mistakes

    Q. I have a job where the same thing never happens twice. I end up making a lot of mistakes. My boss says mistakes are just part of the learning curve, but I get so upset I shake when I realize I screwed up. How can I develop more self-confidence? A. You...