July 2011

kitchen … and kittens

Several important updates that have nothing to do with career or management advice: 1.My kitchen is starting to look like a kitchen again!  A photo from Friday (day 5) is here. The counters go in Wednesday, and then I will have my sink back and can stop living on take-out. I cannot wait. 2. As […]

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wee answer Wednesday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

We skipped short answer Saturday this week, so let’s have wee answer Wednesday. And also, here’s a photo of day three of my kitchen renovation; please take a moment to appreciate your sink and stove. Correcting someone who got your gender wrong What is the most clear and polite way to correct someone who has […]

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because I refuse to go through this alone…

I’m renovating my kitchen, and today was day one. No sink for 10 days — and thus no cooking, and many gross pre-packaged sandwiches from the grocery store. And since I work from home, there’s no escaping my non-kitchen. Now is the time for you to pay me back for all this career advice with […]

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ask the readers: when Satan’s intern comes to stay

Periodically, I like to throw out a question to readers to answer. Here’s one for you to tackle — and the story is long and juicy. Have at it in the comments… I work in a field that’s big on mentoring — at one point or another, everyone in my field had to intern. In […]

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manager struggling with staff leaving early

A reader writes: I’m a relatively new manager (4 months). I am coming from the position of teammate to most of the staff I manage, but they all seem to have adjusted well to my new role and respected my move from peer to manager.  I seem, however, to be having an issue with one […]

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