Dear Dr. Mimi: Caring Newbie

Dear Dr. Mimi: I am a new manager promoted to supervise a different division of our organization. I would like to get to know my new employees better and learn what I can do to make their working hours more enjoyable and productive. How can I do that? Are there questions that I can ask? […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Distracted

Dear Dr. Mimi: There is a woman I work closely with who talks and talks. Don’t get me wrong, she is a great employee and I thoroughly enjoy our conversations, but she is a very big distraction to me. Is there a nice way for me to say something? I have to stay late to […]

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Don’t Just Manage, Coach!

Typically we use words such as “boss” and “manager” to indicate some form of supervisory title. I would like to challenge those in these positions to strive to do more than manage and supervise. Try coaching and leading. When we manage, it implies a more reactive response. Managers oversee projects, assign duties, monitor progress, and […]

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Stop Stereotyping!!!

We are encouraged to become ever more open-minded and accepting of people. Whether a workplace leader or a coworker, it is important not to stereotype as it can lead to unfair or inaccurate conclusions which may cause you to treat people inappropriately. Get an honest understanding of your people as individuals before you draw conclusions […]

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Adaptability: The Key to Success

As humans, it is our nature to prefer habits and routines, but as much as we are comfortable with our structured routines, as we have seen, there are external forces, like the COVID-19 virus, that are outside of our control and will cause necessary changes. Adaptability is the key to accomplishing our goals, even when […]

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Are You a Traditional Boss or a Servant Leader

There are many types of leaders and bosses. A truly effective leader realizes that by serving their people they are also serving their organization. This is what Robert Greenleaf calls a Servant Leader. So, what is the difference between a traditional boss and a servant leader and what are you? A traditional boss sees leadership […]

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Receiving Negative Feedback

Receiving negative feedback is uncomfortable but it can also be helpful. Here’s how to handle it. Do not get discouraged. Yes, we all hate it but look at the facts presented based on the work you’ve done. See it as an opportunity to improve. Keep open communication. Once you get the feedback, say thank you […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Impatient

Dear Dr. Mimi: We have a new person, and she is slow. She knows what she is doing. She doesn’t make mistakes, but she is so slow. How can I get her to speed up, or do I need to let her continue at her own pace? —Impatient Dear Impatient: When everyone is working to […]

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Dear Dr. Mimi: Lonely

Dear Dr. Mimi: I am the only man in my office and have been in my current position for almost a year. I love my work, but I feel lonely. Don’t get me wrong. People are polite. They ask me how my weekend went and things like that, but no one asks me to join […]

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Stop Searching…Start Training!

When scouting candidates for a position, you probably have an image in mind. However, could your expectations be too restrictive? It is normal to have expectations, and you don’t want to hire just any candidate. If you can’t find the perfect person, you need to put effort into spotting rising stars and helping them grow […]

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