work habits

how can I stop being so helpful to coworkers?

A reader writes: I really need help putting some feedback my boss has given me into practice. This isn’t once-off feedback — it’s ongoing feedback over a period of months. I understand and agree with the reasons, I want to do it, and I know that it’s affecting my employment prospects. I just struggle to […]

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what to do when you’re put on a performance improvement plan

A reader writes: Yesterday, I was put on a month-long performance improvement plan. I have made some mistakes, and let things fall through the cracks. I take responsibility for them, and the plan is mostly centered on proving I can be dependable. I agree that there are things I need to change and get better […]

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are your emails annoying your coworkers?

Are you someone who pours lengthy thoughts into email messages to your coworkers? Or do you treat email more like a telegram, keeping your messages as short as possible? Whatever your email style is, you probably think it’s the right one … but you may be unknowingly annoying your colleagues and getting in the way of the […]

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how to appear smart in meetings

The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, which I read and thought was so hilarious that I sought permission to share some of it here. Seriously, it is really funny, and it would be an excellent gift for your office holiday gift swap.   Order your […]

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how to manage a project when you don’t have formal authority

In some ways, project management can be harder than people management, because when you don’t have formal authority over the people tasked to your project, you have to find other ways of getting things done and keeping people accountable. At QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about the keys to managing a project effectively when […]

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