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some things about my mom

A few years ago, I wrote up some things about my dad, on what would have been his 71st birthday. My other parent is still here, thankfully, and so for Mother’s Day, here are some things about my mom: * She is an extrovert’s extrovert, but somehow ended up with two introverted daughters. She makes up for this by talking […]

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the Ask a Manager book is coming

Y’all, I wrote a book. ASK A MANAGER: 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 next spring. The book — which is nearly all new content that you haven’t read here — takes on more than 200 difficult conversations […]

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things I like

Years ago, I used to do occasional round-ups of things I like. It’s been ages since the last one, so here we go. 1. This blanket. This is like fur, except it’s not actual fur. It’s ridiculously soft and cozy, and when you bundle up in it, you will immediately feel a profound inner peace descend upon […]

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I talked to Second City! And the Billfold! And it was fun!

I’m interviewed on Second City’s podcast! Host Kelly Leonard is a ridiculously good interviewer (which makes sense — this is Second City, after all). We talked about my own bad bosses, aggressive huggers, and lots more.  I even share a story about marriage. Please listen to it here! (Or in iTunes here.) Also today, I’m in an advice columnist roundtable at […]

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the demise of WTF Wednesday, reporting problems, and more

A few housekeeping items — 1. I signed with a literary agent to do an Ask a Manager book, y’all. I’ve spent the last few days saying “you’ll need to talk to my agent” in response to everything my husband asked me, which was very fun (for one of us). 2. There’s now a link right above […]

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New York magazine on Ask a Manager

Y’all, New York magazine did the greatest profile of Ask a Manager yesterday. I love everything about it, except that apparently I say “I mean…” constantly. But I feel like the writer really gets the site and what’s going on here. Read it here!  

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here are things I’ve changed my advice on over time

Years ago, someone asked me to do a post about instances when I’ve changed my opinion or advice about something over time. I’ve been pondering it for a while, and here’s what I’ve come up with: 1. Land lines vs. cell phones. Until 2012, I staunchly told people to use a land line for phone […]

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some things about my dad

I originally published this in October 2011. Today is 15 years since my dad died. 15 years! It feels like about three. This is me and my dad, Steve Green. He would have turned 71 today, except that he won’t because he died in 2001. Here are some things about my dad: * He worked as a […]

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