Dear Dr. Mimi:
I have been told that I have excellent technical skills but that my interpersonal skills will get in the way of advancing my career. Do you have any advice about working with people? (I wish I did not have to!)
—Technical, Not Personal
No matter what your career, you need to be able to work with people in a respectful, congenial manner. There are ways to show respect. Be personable. Even a simple hello can make a difference. Truly listen to what others say and respond appropriately. These simple things will make you a more desirable employee.