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How Can We Find the Right People?

I'm a senior-level associate attorney at a major law firm and work in a small, close-knit practice that's nationally known and very demanding. We've had several performance-related terminations and it's become clear that part of the problem is in...

Should I Refocus My Business or Find a Job?

I’m having a hard time deciding whether to stay in my business (of 10 years) or going back to a “job.” The very thought of going back is frightening (would anyone even hire me?) yet I am just not making enough money in my business. What should I...

How Can I Be Taken More Seriously at Work?

I’ve been working at my current job for a year, am actively taking on extra projects and have put myself forward for consideration for two separate research positions, only to not be considered for either. I have a Master’s degree relevant to the...

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...

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...

How Can I Use My Experience to Create a New Path?

Here I am, 35 years old, feeling like I have so much to offer the world, and yet I feel like a newborn baby (though my experience would say different)! I ran the health and wellness center for the world headquarters of a major national...

Self-employed? How to Be Your Own Best Boss

I’m preparing to leave my job because I’ve built a successful business on the side. Having been self-employed previously, I have fears of reverting back to unproductive habits and having a lack of focus. Also I know I’m going to miss the social...

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...

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