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  • Inspire generosity in coworkers

    Q. By nature I'm a rather envious person. When I notice coworkers getting advantages I don't, I tend to obsess. I find my coworkers are tight-lipped and often unhelpful. How can I get more support from my work team? A. You'll get more support from your...
  • Have it all -- just not at the same time!

    Q. I am part of a networking group of professional parents that talk quite a bit about "having it all." I have three small children, a demanding job and a good marriage. I don't want to be a pessimist, but I see no way to juggle all three roles...
  • Success means multiple career plans

    Q. I'm attempting to do career planning for 2012. However, every time I think I have a plan, something changes in my industry. How do you plan when you have no way of knowing what changes are going to occur in your organization and field? A. You can cope...
  • How to get employee into counseling

    Q. I have an employee that seriously needs some psychotherapy. He is touchy and defensive, and he alienates his coworkers. He is also brilliant and productive. How do I bring up the topic without making him believe I'm questioning his mental health? A....
  • Self-confidence unnecessary for stellar success

    Q. I keep getting reviews lately that I need to work on my self-confidence. I agree that I'm not the most self-confident person on the planet, but I have no idea how to change my attitude. My boss keeps trying to give me projects I'm not certain I can do,...
  • Guarantee that your help pays dividends

    Q. I'm noticing lately that my employees show little gratitude for what I do for them. I'm a generous manager and try to have a personal relationship with my staff. The more I do, however, the less I am tending to get back. How do I figure out how to...
  • Let anxiety inspire effectiveness

    Q. There have been several business emergencies this year where I've frantically worked night and day to fix the problem and instead the problem got worse. On the other hand, for some unknown reason, there were other emergencies I calmly handled and the...
  • Nice is not a workplace strategy

    Q. I am very nice at work and starting to suspect that nice is a bad idea as a workplace strategy. I bring goodies for coworkers' birthdays, volunteer to help people when they are overwhelmed, and stay late if a customer has a crisis. I've also been...
  • How to make more hours in a day

    Q. We were downsized during the recession and have been short staffed every since. I keep getting asked to do more with less, and I'm pulling my hair out. Is there any way to make more time in a day? A. Yes, despite popular opinion you can make more time...
  • How to train a touchy employee

    Q. I have a new employee that defends herself and feels attacked every time I try to coach on doing her job better. She is adequate at her job but needs to get better at thinking for herself and noticing details. How do I train her without insulting her?...
  • First impressions are the best guide

    Q. I've been a manager for many years. I usually notice funny habits in employees who are going to be problems right away. Is it true that you can trust your first impressions? Is there a way to sort out your snap judgments from your flash of intuition...