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Surveys will continue until morale improves

June 14, 2018
Q. We’re thinking of surveying our entire workforce specifically about their morale. Do you think that’s a good move, or might it come across as weak?

Public speaking … just for laughs

June 14, 2018
Q. People can give me all the tips in the world about how to control my nerves before a speech, but they never seem to take. Want to take a crack at one?

Can a 60-year-old bridge the generation gap?

May 10, 2018
Q. I just entered my sixties, and I really feel a distance building between myself and the younger generations. Should I feel ridiculous about wanting to look and act younger, just so I feel like I’m more relevant to the staff around me?

An ethical culture needs demonstration

May 10, 2018
Q. Now that I’m in a position of influence, I’m really trying to promote a more ethical workplace. What are the best ways to make my point about the way we intend to operate?

Motivation razzle-dazzle: What could go wrong?

April 16, 2018

Q. My efforts to motivate people are not doing so great, and I have a feeling what would work better is a bit of showy exuberance, or a fiery display of some kind to break the calm around here. How can something like this backfire?

There’s no “I” in “team” (but I wish there were)

April 12, 2018
Q. We’re so irritatingly team-based where I work that my best ideas just get folded into everyone else’s. How do I make sure I get some of the credit I think I deserve?

Don’t let the lack of a path keep you from moving

April 12, 2018
Q. I work for a company where the responsibility for upward mobility is entirely on the employees; there’s no career development program, no performance reviews. What’s the best strategy to start out with given these restrictions?

Get them to the point quicker

April 11, 2018

Q. I don’t have time for ramblers who fail to edit themselves. How do I express to someone that the clock is ticking on my attention span?

When money corrupts trust

March 12, 2018

Q. I’m quite well paid and it’s obvious to everyone at my company. But I’m in charge of motivating a lot of very low-paid employees. I’m not sensing their trust—I think the income disparity is a real problem. What do you recommend?

When they ask, ‘Why did she quit?’

March 1, 2018

Q: We had a superstar here who quit because she couldn’t take the C-suite’s bad decision-making anymore. Now since I’m fairly high up the ladder, several people are asking me what happened. How much honesty can I afford here?

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