Workplace Coach

Monthly Archives: August 2017

Question: Our head of business development is a hard-charging manager who brings our company the new contracts we need to grow. Because none of our other managers have his skill set, he gets away with murder. It’s an open secret that he’s hard to work for. He goes through an assistant every year, and always hires the same type of assistant: young, pretty and naive. I’ve watched this and can’t stand what… Read More

Question: For the last month, my employer has been locked into a huge battle with another company. Over the weekend, I spent all day Saturday and most of Sunday researching public records and uncovered a critical document that will dramatically change the scope of the negotiation in my employer’s favor. I brought what I’d found to my supervisor’s attention, and she sent me out to scan the document and send it to… Read More

As soon as “Martin” passed his probationary period, he began missing deadlines. When you asked him “what happened?” he gave you a logical explanation, but one that threw two long-term employees under the bus. Next, he began sending you and his peers suggestions for systems that needed to change. Although two of Martin’s ideas had merit, each would have required substantial time to implement and you let him know that you wanted… Read More