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get a signed copy of the new Ask a Manager book

Thinking of getting the new Ask a Manager book, Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work? If you pre-order now, you can sign up for a free signed bookplate here. (Details are at the link, but basically you provide proof of purchase and we’ll mail you a signed […]

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the new Ask a Manager book…

Eeeeek!  I have it in my hand! If you want it in your hand, pre-order it now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, or anywhere books are sold. Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work is nearly all new content, and I’m so excited about it! It’ll be […]

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interview with a nanny for a famous psychic

Occasionally I do interviews here with people who have had particularly interesting jobs. Recently a commenter here mentioned that she used to be a nanny for a famous psychic, and I wanted to know more. She kindly agreed to be interviewed, and here’s our conversation. Note: This interview contains references to the interviewee’s spiritual beliefs, […]

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is “secretary” a demeaning title?

A reader writes: I work in the tree care industry at a company where the hierarchy is the owner and manager (“Will”), his assistant on the field providing estimates, then me, the owner’s secretary, then the tree workers (who have their own hierarchy). I work in the office by myself taking calls from clients for […]

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win a copy of the new Ask a Manager book

Want to win a copy of the new Ask a Manager book? My publisher is giving away 25 free copies to readers of this site, and you can enter to win one here. Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work will be published by Random House/Ballantine on […]

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yes, you are awkward … and yes, it’s okay

I love awkwardness — my own, other people’s, all of it. There’s little I enjoy more than dissecting a mortifying moment with a close friend (“What do you think they were thinking when that came out of my mouth?!” “They must have been so baffled by why you said that!”) or even speculating on hypothetical […]

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here are animals taking over home offices

In the comments on last week’s post about working from home with pets, demands were made for a post with photos of pets taking over people’s workspaces. I sent out a call for them, and you delivered, with a ton of photos readers submitted of their pets in their workspaces — mostly home offices, but […]

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I’m competing for a promotion against a coworker who outdoes me

A reader writes: I work as a junior lab technician in a hospital. After a management reshuffle in 2016, one of our three mid-level technician posts were empty, and external recruitment was unsuccessful. In 2017, my boss created a temporary feeder post. His intention was for one of the two junior technicians, me or my […]

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most popular posts of 2017

Ask a Manager’s traffic continued to increase this year, with 31 million visits and 70 million page views. Thanks for your part in that! Here are the posts that interested people the most this year, via two lists: the most commented on posts and the most viewed posts. Until last year, historically the “most viewed” list […]

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