Tense Times, Tense Office: What’s Your Path?

In my recent conversations with employees, there has been one consistent, gnawing question: “How do you think the economy will affect my job?” Most downturns find even the economic “pundits” scratching their heads – especially as we watch the current turmoil. It takes discipline not to be consumed by the deluge of speculative headlines on […]

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Avoid “Fire Hazards” During Economic Crisis

If you’re feeling tension at work from every step of the corporate ladder, you already know the cause. Wall Street, Main Street and unemployment woes are converging in an unpredictable economic crisis mode. Over the past 12 months, 2.2 million people joined the ranks of the unemployed. In September, non-farm payroll employment declined by 159,000 […]

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TOT Taming Tips: The Fall Rush is On!

Dear Lynn,The last two weeks of August were great. Everyone was on vacation and I got a lot done. This is the first time I could even do much of anything outside of work. There’s been a one crisis after another following Labor Day. I hardly recognize the boss I knew in early August. Fall […]

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TOT Taming Tips: Breaking Free From The Desk

Dear Lynn, My boss relies on me for everything. He acts like a child and throws a fit if I even step away from my desk even for a second. The moment I return he asks me where I went and I why I left. I know that as a senior admin, he needs a […]

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Communication Secrets: The One-On-One Meeting

One of the secrets of a healthy boss/employee relationship is great communication. I believe that you should meet with your boss regularly to build rapport and address questions directly. However, if you have a contentious relationship with your manager, you might have had mixed results in meetings, especially if your past attempts only dealt with […]

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TOT Taming Tips: The Sales TOT

Dear Lynn, There is a lot of pressure where I work because we have so many quotas. It’s especially rough at the end of the month. My boss goes through these moody periods where he’ll be really nice to get us to sell and then if we don’t make our quotas, he quickly turns into […]

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Avoiding the Doldrums

Boredom and burnout can be brutal, especially during the slow days of summer when most desks are empty, except yours! If you have been in your current job for a while, it’s especially important to keep things fresh. Set some personal and professional goals to work towards. Think of new projects that you may not […]

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Turning A Good Job Into A Great Job

You spend over one-third of your day at work if you are lucky! Just like everything else in life, you need to enjoy what you do and that includes work. You probably already feel that while your job may have its ups-and-downs, it’s a pretty good job. However, when you spend that much time at […]

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TOT Taming Tips: The Absentee Boss

Dear Lynn, My manager, who is the director of our software support team, has started to check out of her job. She will walk past my desk, and say “I’m going to let you handle support today.” Then, she either goes in her office and surfs the Internet – or just leaves. I do want […]

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Unravel Your Corporate Culture

In addition to the resources at the Tame Your TOT site, which is your first stop for information about dealing with difficult and frustrating bosses, I’ve also created some articles at www.lynntaylorconsulting.com that might be of interest to you. I recently wrote about corporate culture, something that affects all of us. Here’s a sneak preview: […]

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