People Skills

As Nan Mooney explains in her book I Can’t Believe She Did That!, women in the workplace are sometimes friendly to one another on the surface but are hurtful behind the scenes: bad-mouthing, backstabbing or sabotaging success. Mooney offers these tips for protecting yourself against that behavior without making enemies.
Q. I just took a new position in a great company. But my boss routinely uses the F-word at work. Should I complain? I’m not a prude, but it seems hostile.
Have you ever known or worked with someone who just won’t read communication? Before you stew about these “information vacuums” too much, consider a few things.
Q. A senior leader was let go from our company. As a friend of hers, I’ve become aware of disparaging things she now writes online about it—nothing widely seen, but I think many of them are unjustified. I want to stay friends, but also put an end to these inaccuracies. Any suggestions?

Let employees go out how they want

June 8, 2022 Categorized in: Supervising

Like most rituals, the office farewell party is, in theory, a nice idea. But honestly… who has ever enjoyed theirs?
In the catalog of “how to deal with difficult people” advice you’ll seek out during your career, there’s a particularly insidious character who makes frequent appearances: the condescender.
Handling a perfectionist can feel especially tricky when that person is a manager. Here are some ways to deal with perfectionist execs.

Effectively negotiate your bills

April 6, 2022 Categorized in: Negotiating

When the term negotiation arises, it’s often in the heady context of business deals, referring to tactics and skill. Well, what makes your personal finances any different? Try a bill negotiation app.

When your exec falls silent

April 6, 2022 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

It can be very uncomfortable to get the feeling that your boss isn’t happy with you, especially if you’re not entirely clear about the situation. If your boss isn’t telling you what the problem is, it’s next to impossible to correct it. So, take the lead on this. Here are some tips.

How to create no-stress urgency

March 25, 2022 Categorized in: Teamwork

You know you need to light a fire under your team, but you don’t want to sap their productivity by piling on stress. Can pressure and support coexist? The answer is yes, thoughtfully. Here are some ideas for how to approach this situation.
Changes in the workforce have demanded that many businesses cut down some administrative staff. That leaves those remaining with a lot more on their plates. If this is your job—or it becomes your job—here’s a little guidance to avoid getting pulled in too many directions.
We’re all players in the drama triangle occasionally. Where the problem lies is when you get stuck in it and can’t move on.

How to work with outside trainers

January 5, 2022 Categorized in: Supervising

Got someone coming in to briefly set up shop for some staff training? Don’t fall asleep at the switch and assume everything will go smoothly.