Workplace Coach

Question: We’d like to terminate “Betsy.” She’s a mediocre supervisor, a gossip and a pot-stirrer. She frequently closes her office doors to “chat” with employees, including those who work under other...

Question: I thought going into business with “Oscar” would prove to be the best business move of my life. We met in a professional organization, had served together on several boards...

Question: Our board of directors recently decided to terminate our agency’s executive director and temporarily elevate our CFO into the ED position. Soon after we made this decision, three of our...

Question: Shortly after we placed “Stella” on a work performance plan she started placing a smartphone on the table in front of her at every team meeting and obviously pressing the...

Question: I made a mistake. It cost me my job. As a result, I’m on the job market after more than two decades working for one employer. I don’t know anything...

Question: We’re about to terminate an employee and worry she’ll take trade secrets when she leaves. Although we’ll shut off her computer and internet access during her termination interview, how do...

Question:  When my supervisor pulls me into the conference room to “counsel” me — aka rip me to pieces — he always brings in the company’s human resources officer. He says...

Question: I’m the office manager for a small law office. When “Cece” and I last worked together four years ago, she was a newly minted paralegal. Managing her quickly became the...

Question: I’ve had lunch daily with the same three co-workers for almost four years. We’ve shared everything together, and stayed close through my divorce, another’s two pregnancies and a third’s new marriage....

How to recover — and learn lessons — from a career mistake Question: Life coaching is my passion and I started a small life coaching business a year ago. Before that, I...