Alison Green

Career and Management Coach

As the blogger behind Ask a Manager, Alison Green functions as the Dear Abby of the workplace, answering readers' questions daily on career, job search, and management issues. She's also the author of “How To Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager” and “Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader's Guide to Getting Results”, and the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management.

How Important Are Soft Skills If You Do Good Work?

I manage a four-person team. One of my staff members is incredibly hard to work with. She’s negative, combative, resistant to feedback and direction and doesn’t get along with the rest of the team. But her work is good, and so I don’t have...

7 'Soft' Skills You Need for Career Success

Want the secret to career success? Hint: It’s not just the mastery of a specific software program, excellent writing or organizational skills, or anything else that might show up on the list of must-haves on a typical job description. Rather, how...

How Can I Lead My Team Through Crisis?

In the last month, my team has been reorganized and cut by 25 percent as part of overall company layoffs. My staff members are, understandably, freaking out and wondering if more cuts are coming. It’s more important than ever that we keep...

Coach Me: What Are the Best Questions to Ask in a Job Interview?

People often write in to my advice blog to ask about what interview questions are best to ask — both as the interviewer and as the job candidate. Here are the top five questions to ask, from each side of the desk.  I’ve hired for junior-level...

You Could be a Better Manager. Here's How.

As a workplace advice columnist, management consultant and former chief of staff for a successful nonprofit, I’ve witnessed a lot of managers who struggled to transition from being part of a team to effectively managing one. In fact, one of the...


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