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transcript of “We’re All Awkward Creatures”

This is a transcription of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “We’re All Awkward Creatures.” Alison: I have to confess, I really love awkwardness. That might sound like a weird thing to say, but I find awkward situations — including my own — really funny and entertaining, and in some way kind of heartwarming. My […]

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transcript of “I Don’t Want to Become the Office Secretary”

This is a transcript of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “I Don’t Want to Become the Office Secretary.” Alison: Hi, and welcome to the show! Today I have lots of interesting questions to answer. The first question today is from someone who’s worried that she’s inadvertently becoming the office secretary, even though that’s not her job. Caller […]

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transcript of “how do I start a new job on the right foot?”

This is a transcription of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “How do I start a new job on the right foot?”. Alison: Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking. Getting to know a bunch of new people and new information, learning a new culture, making a good impression, figuring out new expectations — all […]

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transcript of “Where Are They Now? Updates from Past Callers”

This is a transcript of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “Where Are They Now? Updates from Past Callers.” Alison: Since it’s the end of the year, I thought it would be interesting to check back with some of the people who called into the show this year and hear updates from them about how their situations […]

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transcript of “Holiday Mayhem at Work”

This is a transcript of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “Holiday Mayhem at Work.” Alison: Welcome to the show! Today’s episode is all about holidays at work. We’ve got questions from people about office parties and gift-giving, and we’ve got some funny stories from people about ways that office holiday celebrations went terribly wrong. Let’s […]

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transcript of “Will I Ever Find a Job I Like?”

This is a transcript of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “Will I Ever Find a Job I Like?” Alison: Today we have a bunch of interesting questions to tackle – including someone with an ethical dilemma, someone who isn’t sure how to answer a question that she keeps getting at new jobs, someone who’s pregnant […]

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transcript for “I’m the Boss and I Messed Up”

This is a transcript of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “I’m the Boss and I Messed Up.” Alison: Hi, and welcome to the show! You might have noticed the show didn’t come out on Monday – we’re switching back to Wednesdays only, but we’re keeping both formats – so we’ll still have the format where […]

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transcript of “Do You Have to be a Jerk to Succeed at Work?”

This is a transcript of the Ask a Manager podcast episode “Do You Have to be a Jerk to Succeed at Work?” Alison: Today I’m going to answer a bunch of shorter questions from people. Our first question is from someone who is managing people for the first time and wondering what the hell she’s supposed […]

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