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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The Generations…a Different Perspective!

The Generations ARE different…and while generations may express things in diverse ways, their wants and needs from a workplace environment have similarities. For example: The desire to be respected and heard. Though Generation Y/ Millennials get the label for craving recognition, being recognized is a desire shared by all generations and people. People want some […]

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Handling Workplace Bullying

There are many articles about bullying in schools and cyber bullying. However, workplace bullying is often overlooked. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, workplace bullying is four times more common than sexual harassment or racial discrimination. Bullying is verbal or physical abusive conduct that is intimidating, humiliating, or frightening. It can also be sabotage and […]

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Now That’s a Question!

Think about the people that you like. Usually, these people are good listeners. We like the people who listen and one thing that most good listeners do is ask questions. Research has shown that there is a positive relationship between asking more questions and likability. People who ask more questions are seen as more responsive. […]

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Got an Attitude Issue?

Attitude issues, while often toxic, are often avoided rather than addressed. Addressing an ‘attitude’ needs to be a smooth and predictable process and here’s how to make it easier. It’s a perception/behavior problem – Not an attitude one. It is hard to receive criticism on “your attitude” and it is far more likely to incite […]

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Engaging Board Members – 10 Quick Tips

1. Always have name tags. This sounds basic but more often than not, people can’t recall names and there are no name tags. 2. Have a bulleted bio with a picture of each Board member in the Board orientation materials. Give current Board members a picture and bio of new members. 3. Ask committee preferences. […]

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From Adversary to Teammate – How to Turn an Argument Into Cooperation

Conflict is alive and well in the workplace – and while healthy disagreement can lead to brainstorming and new ideas – squabbles and quarrels are destructive. When a potential dispute arises, it is important to move it to the direction of conversation. This may run counter to our instincts, but, remember, it’s a good thing […]

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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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Consultants? – Get Someone Good!

It is hard to ask for help, especially when it comes to people issues! In fact, most of us know how to do what we do… and believe that people should just do their job and get along! Sadly, that is not always the case. Engaging the right consultant can be a great investment resulting […]

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