Category Archives for Career Advice

6 Ways to Manage up with a Bad Boss

Managing up with a bad boss may seem like a daunting chore, but with each small victory, you’ll feel more empowered. Managing up means being a proactive problem solver, helping your boss see the big picture, being a role model, and using diplomacy and people skills, among other tools. With the New Year upon us, […]

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Overcoming the Biggest Workplace Challenge

Managing Up With Bad Bosses, Tough Coworker and Clients is a Win-Win Working with challenging behavior, be it bad bosses, challenging coworkers or clients, takes a lot of diplomacy; the ability to see the backstory before reacting; and setting boundaries when necessary. Managing up techniques can result in a much better work life, for everyone. […]

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Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss?

The Test That Really Matters “Boss” is a word that has so many negative connotations, people sometimes forget “good bosses” even exist. No-one is going to make a movie called “Wonderful Bosses” anytime soon, or remake “The Office” with Tom Hanks as a team leader that’s just so darn loveable. Anybody who has dealt with […]

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Handle A Bad Boss Like a Pro

(Even If He Hates You) You’ve heard the phrase, “When the going get’s tough, the tough get going.” Well that applies to managing up with a tough boss. Don’t just sit there. This is your opportunity to take the high road and role model good behavior (assuming, of course that your boss’s behavior is tolerable […]

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The Money Talk

The interviews went well; you like the company; the company likes you. Now there comes a point in the application process where the company is going to tell you how much they actually like you – through the numbers of your proposed salary. If that is more or less what you feel you are worth, […]

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A Match Made In Heaven?

There is a certain important aspect of a job interview that is not getting proper attention. It is something that will have the most profound impact on your job satisfaction, and ultimately your career – yet it is often neglected. It’s compatibility with your prospective boss. It’s true that people don’t leave jobs, they leave […]

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How Do You Cope with Annoying Co-Workers?

There is an important corollary to the phrase “It takes all kinds to make a world”: some of those “kinds” are not always easy to be around. If the micro-world of your workplace includes someone annoying, there’s no picking and choosing; you’ve got to stick it out. (Not that we are all perfect.) But there […]

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Bad Boss Spotting

(Or Not Running Into One In The First Place) The sheer fact that bad bosses have spawned a movie franchise speaks to their pervasiveness. It’s not surprising – so much of your well-being depends on the person you work for. A good manager will help you thrive and bring out the best in you. A […]

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Sharp Wit As A “Weapon” of Success

There’s a saying (whose author, unfortunately, is unknown): “Every survival kit should include a sense of humor.” Not only survival, I’d argue – every “success kit” should necessarily include it as well. There’s a reason why motivational speakers start with a joke or a humorous anecdote — it captures the audience’s attention, lightens the mood, […]

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Can You Manage Up With a Bad Boss?

“Take a sad song and make it better”   Bad bosses are ubiquitous. It seems the only comfort you can have while working for one is that you’re not alone. But don’t despair. There are few truly incorrigible office tyrants—most bad bosses behave badly episodically. And you (yes, you!) can help your boss improve. The […]

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