Dear Dr. Mimi: People-Pleaser

Dear Dr. Mimi: We have some potential big opportunities at work, and as the manager, I wanted to be inclusive so I asked for ideas from everyone. The problem is that some of their proposals clash with each other. Furthermore, we have a deadline, and some associates are taking too long to submit their ideas. […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: The Grinch

Dear Dr. Mimi: One of my supervisors is flirting and developing a relationship with one of my co-workers, and their behaviors are getting less and less professional. I don’t want to be a Grinch, but company policy strictly prohibits intimate relations in the workplace. The supervisor is in a higher position than my co-worker, and […]

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How to be a Lifelong Learner

No matter our stage of life, learning new things is something we should and can do. In today’s world, it is necessary not just to thrive…but to survive!!! Learning helps us grow as individuals, whether it is expanding our views, values, or knowledge. Learning can be an ongoing journey or several one-time experiences. If you […]

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Avoiding Groupthink

Organizations want to develop a culture where people are involved and engaged. However, if a company is too engulfed in developing a shared culture, they may develop “groupthink.” Groupthink occurs when an organization over-emphasizes harmony and makes irrational decisions just to keep things calm. An organization stuck in groupthink will disregard outside influences, assume the […]

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Why People Bully…

You may think bullying was something done by kids and you’re a working adult. So why are we talking about bullying? It is because workplace bullying is common and is one of the main reasons people leave their jobs. What causes people to be a bully? They have poor management skills: Higher ups who get […]

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Dealing With a Hot Head

Clients may get very angry and knowing how to deal with anger is vital during conflict. Don’t reciprocate aggression. Be sure to control your own feelings. Breathe deeply and calm your nerves. Being hostile can damage company relations and escalate a situation that is already high stress. Remember, you represent more than yourself. Validate their […]

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H’s of Volunteering

Volunteers help organizations stay efficient, augment various roles and bring communities together. Sometimes organizations struggle with keeping their volunteers engaged. These four H’s will help. Health. Volunteering is proven to increase people’s health. However, some volunteers feel a greater pressure to perform than paid staff! They will even show up when they are sick! Overload […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Creativity Block

Dear Dr. Mimi: Being creative and developing solutions is a large part of what I do in my career, but I’m finding that when I have deadlines fast-approaching, no matter how long I sit at my desk and try, I can’t think of creative solutions and ideas! What can I do? —Stumped Dear Stumped: A […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Middleman

Dear Dr. Mimi: Two of my colleagues are in the middle of a dispute, and since I know both participants well, I feel like I’m getting in the middle of things. They both have some legitimate issues and are blaming each other for the situation. I am constantly hearing each side of the argument, and […]

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Non-financial Incentives According to Social Exchange Theory

Social Exchange Theory looks at how people in everyday life create and maintain relationships. The theory assumes that individuals are rational beings, and if a relationship causes more negative than positive, they will leave. In business, good employee relationships is a pivotal key to success. If employees don’t feel appreciated, social exchange theory suggests that […]

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