4 Ways to Handle Arguments at Work: Advice for the Boss

Is "conflict resolution" an oxymoron? How does a true leader best handle conflict at work?The world tells us that people in positions of leadership must facilitate "conflict resolution" within their communities; this leads to the kinds of successes we've seen throughout the world (insert bitter laughter here)....more

3 Things Employees Need to Do Before the Boss Leaves for Vacation

When the boss is away, the mice will play. Or work becomes a holiday, depending on which alternate version of this phrase you prefer. But while a boss gearing up for some much-needed time off does (to some extent) expect the office to be a bit more lax in their absence, everything still needs to be run ship shape and on schedule. The only way this can properly be done is if the employee takes initiative to ensure they have everything they need from their manager prior to their departure – including the following items.1) Get Their Contact Availability ...more

4 Traits Great Bosses Have

When the opportunity arises that you get the chance to be your own boss, or the boss to several other people, everyone who accepts the challenge wants to be the very best boss that they can be. Often this comes from the experience of working under a manager who was less than understanding to the needs of the staff. Once that experience has occurred, the only thought that most people have tends to be, “I will never be that kind of boss if I’m the boss one day!”...more

When Your Boss Stresses You Out

By: Stan Popovich You like your job, but your boss gives you a hard time. What can you do if your current boss stresses you out? There are many things an employee can do to solve this problem. First, try to do more than what is expected from you at your current job. Try to get things done ahead of time and help out your co-workers. Your boss and co-workers will notice and give you more respect. Try to reduce any potential conflicts. If you see trouble coming, try to catch it earlier before it becomes an argument....more

You're Not the Boss of Me

Little kids, especially toddlers, are fearless, aren’t they?  Not necessarily in a physical sense, like being unafraid of climbing the highest tree or skating downhill without a plan for stopping.  I’m thinking more about how they approach life.  While they understand a pecking order and that the very tall people (a.k.a....more



Exercising with the Boss

At fifteen months, Charlie is getting us to do things that we physically might not ordinarily do. We do it to see the smile on his face and to hear his belly laugh – even if it might be to our own detriment.  But it seems that our grandson is talented in a way we never expected: he is actually a physical therapist! And, here is his prescription for our ailments:...more

Can You Say No at Work? 5 More Tips. Part 2.

If you read the post on Monday, then you saw the first 5 tips.  Sorry for the delay on part 2. ...more

Can You Say No to Your Boss? Tips for Helping to Say No at Work. Part 1.

The tense and demanding workplace environment depicted in The Devil Wears Prada may hit a little too close to home. If an annoying boss or colleague is ruining your work day by adding to your stress or intruding into your personal time, you’re not alone. According to an online job source CareerBuilder.com survey, more than half of workers say they work under a great deal of stress, with nearly 77 percent reporting they feel burnout on the job....more