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  • Dealing with silly improvement campaigns

    Q. I work part time as a receptionist for a company that uses our branch as a training ground for management. When things are going well for the current management team, why do they begin to focus on the lowest paid staff and the things they can do to...
  • 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...
  • Avoid the 'fight to be right' to get results

    Q. I'm an avid reader of this column and am puzzled by why you so often recommend telling coworkers they are right in an argument. I think the truth is important. I always speak my mind. Do I have to pick between making my point and being effective at...
  • 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...
  • To succeed, set aside ego

    Q. My workplace seems wackier than usual recently. I've had several people just blow up at me and tell me all the ways I'm doing a bad job. I try to explain my position but they just keep criticizing me. Is there any way to deal with someone who just...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The art of getting what you want through concession

    Q. In a recent column, you wrote, "Most people around you will actually give away what they originally wanted if you will just let them be right." I can't understand how your scenario could possibly work. It sounds as though if I disagree with a colleague...
  • 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...
  • Stop getting hurt in workplace jungle

    Q. My boss is mean, rude and ungrateful. I have been nothing but nice and hard working and he just seems to get worse. I have coworkers who are also rude, and he seems to leave them alone. Why is being nice making me a target? How can I get my boss to...
  • 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...