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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How to fix workplace problems through time travel

    Q. I often find myself with problems I can't predict at work that make my workday rotten. I notice you offer ideas on how to see problems coming. Is there any technique I can use to spot problems before they ruin my day? A. Yes, write a list of the...
  • Keep sanity in workplace gone crazy

    Q. Seems to me that a lot of people in my workplace appear to be losing their minds these days. I try hard to find logical connections between what is happening and how people are reacting, but both coworkers and customers seem a little crazy. How can I...
  • Stop boss' son from ruining company

    Q. My boss's son thinks he is God and is suppose to become a partner. He's ruining the policies, workplace and general morale. Is there any way to stop him without losing my job? A. The power to stop this guy actually lies only with his father. However,...