Archive for the ‘Dear Dr. Mimi’ Category

Dear Dr. Mimi!

Dear Dr. Mimi: I drive a company car, and I think it’s fine to run a few personal errands on my lunch break and in between visits to my clients. My husband takes issue with this. He thinks it’s stealing and says I should wait until the end of the day when I’m back in […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi!

Dear Dr. Mimi: I need help with distributing bonuses. Unfortunately, despite extra efforts by the team and me, our performance was average and the bonus pool isn’t as large as it was in past years. I could give the same bonus to everyone, but some people have more complex jobs and others have only been […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Uncomfortable

Dear Dr. Mimi: My good friend submitted her resume for a job at my company and asked if I would put in a good word as she also listed me as a reference. I know she would be a dedicated employee and a good fit for the company, but when I saw her resume, I […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Concerned

Dear Dr. Mimi: Over the past month, one of my co-workers has missed several important deadlines and has seemed kind of “out of it” during our weekly status meetings. My boss is increasingly fed up with her and is talking about firing her. What my boss doesn’t know is that my co-worker has a serious […]

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Office Politics – Not All Bad!

We are often asked to deal with office politics, which are not only inevitable nor are they inherently bad. If we toss out the name-calling and power-struggles associated with “politicking,” we have ways to make the most of them. Understanding Your Workplace – and Yourself! By understanding your office politics, we get a sense of […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Micromanaging

Dear Dr. Mimi: I think I have done a good job at hiring my employees and showing them I care about them. However, I may manage them more than I should. I worry about them, check up on them and have to hold back from helping them every step of the way. This may be […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Unheard

Dear Dr. Mimi: I work in a fairly small office, and we feel like our boss is doing her own thing. She doesn’t act like she’s on board with any of our ideas, but she doesn’t reject them, either. Recently it’s gotten so bad I don’t even think she listens to them. My co-workers and […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi, Overwhelmed at Work

Dear Dr.Mimi: I feel like my job is one messy list away from falling apart. I seem to have too much to do and not enough time to get it done. I really don’t want my lack of organization to cause me to fail. How do I know where to begin? -Overwhelmed Dear Overwhelmed: Prioritizing […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi, Personality Matters

Dear Dr. Mimi: I am looking at a person from within to fill a position that will be new to our organization. As much as they have the technical skills, it will be important for them to have the right personality as well. They have to work well under pressure and get results. They have […]

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Social Awareness

Think about a time when you unintentionally said things which were taken negatively. Good communication occurs when the message sent and the message received is the same message, not just in content, but also in impact. We have all said things that have been interpreted differently than anticipated. This “foot in your mouth” feeling can […]

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