Category Archives for empowering

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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Have You Seen The Horrible Bosses Sequel?

(I Hope It Doesn’t Remind You Of Someone You Know) Horrible Bosses Two is in theaters, and whether you’ve seen the movie or not, it’s a good reminder to check whether those two words also sum up your current work situation. Bosses with exalted, entitled views of their authority may act out not unlike ‘terrible twos’ toddlers. […]

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Bad Boss Readiness

Prevention Is The Best Cure In the realm of the omniscient Google, “good boss” returns way more results than “bad boss”. Yet, when I talk to people about their work, it’s usually the other way around. Even when giving their boss an overall OK, people still tend to bring up some feature they find annoying […]

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A Case for Mondays

The weekend just flew by; the alarm clock is going off on a Monday morning. You open your eyes; you are about to start the day. Scratch that – after the weekend break Monday morning feels like the start of the week. There are a number of things to be done, from the most mundane […]

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Recommended Reading: First Things First

Most of us remember our first days at every job because of the heightened pressure to impress. But you can reduce your anxiety by being as meticulous in planning your first day as you were in securing your new position. You’ll need to find your bearings in relation to your management and co-workers and “learn the […]

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Make Yourself Heard

(There’s No Need To Shout) Problems of communication in the workplace are nothing out of the ordinary, accompanied by various degrees of frustration. Nothing is more frustrating, though, than a repeated failure to get through to the one person your advancement is dependent on. Most often, it’s your boss. Do you ever feel like your […]

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Don’t Miss Your Turn

You are going to a job interview; you are ready (or so you think) to answer some questions, and intend to ask some as well. And ask you certainly should, but carefully and discriminately. What you ask during the interview may be critical to your chances of landing a dream job. An awkward question can […]

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You Can Make Your Next Job A Great One

(Warning: Some Detective Work Required) With employment opportunities improving, now could be the perfect time to apply for a more fulfilling position. But your next job should be the right job, and being proactive in evaluating your prospective boss can result in positive, even life-changing results. Your next job can change your life significantly for the better […]

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Where’s Waldo?

How To Play The Game To Your Advantage Modern managers are often pushed to do more with less staff, and it sometimes makes it difficult for them to offer enough face-to-face time to their team. For the employees the boss’s absence can be a mixed blessing. It could lead some of them to show more […]

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Let Your Inner Child Play

Make Sure, Though, That It “Plays Nice” Recently, to mark Take Your Kids To Work Day Huffington Post held a webcast titled An Office Full Of Kids where executives, bloggers, and experts, including yours truly, discussed the significance of this day for both children and parents. My key point there was that adults can also […]

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