Something You Should Know about Dealing with a Difficult Boss


How To Be A Good Employee

October 17, 2014

 

Interview with Kathy Hayward, co-author of the book Wise Words for Employees: Becoming Indispensable

 

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Mike Carruthers:
It’s important to remember that there’s a big difference between being good at your job and being a good employee.

 

Kathy Hayward:
I so often see that people think that "I do a really great job and I produce a hundred widgets per day so they’ll never let me go," and they’re really shocked when they are let go because they were a problem employee.
 

 

Why It's Important To Ask "Why?"

July 7, 2014

 

Interview with Bill Jensen, author of the book Disrupt! Think Epic. Be Epic.

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When you're at work and people ask you to do something the first thing you should do is ask why.

 

Bill Jensen:
Because most everyone who is sending stuff to you is just trying to get stuff off of their desk. And frankly they haven't thought through why.
 


Bill Jensen

Conflict Strategies

May 29, 2014

 

Interview with Diane Hamilton, author of the book Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Conflict for many of us is something to be avoided.

 

Diane Hamilton:
The 1st thing is just to not, not to be afraid of it. Most of us are convinced that to deal with conflict directly isn’t going to go anywhere good because most of our experience is that it doesn’t. So we have to change our attitude.
 


Diane Hamilton

Boss/Employee Relationship

May 21, 2014

 

Interview with Jamie Showkeir, author of the book Authentic Conversations: Moving from Manipulation to Truth and Commitment

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you had to describe the nature of the typical boss/employee relationship, it's similar to a parent and child.

 

Jamie Showkeir:
Because the premise on which our organizations of today were founded was generated well over a hundred years ago by people who were looking at non-skilled labor, as folks who could not be trusted and had to be told what to do.
 


Jamie Showkeir

Reconciling Estranged Relationships

February 20, 2014

 

Interview with Laura Davis, author of the book I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation

 

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Mike Carruthers:
People hold grudges and stop speaking to friends and family members for important reasons or at least they seemed important at the time, however…

 


Laura Davis:

When you hold on to a grudge against someone for something they did in the past it can really be counter-productive because what seems like a bitter rift at one point ten years later may look very different.
 


Laura Davis

What Makes A Great Work Environment

February 14, 2014

 

Interview with Dennis Bakke, author of the book Joy At Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun On The Job

 

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Mike Carruthers:
What people need and seldom get in the workplace is responsibility.

 

Dennis W. Bakke:
In effect, take the big action or make a difference that actually affects the outcome of what we're doing. People have to be able to make important decisions.

 


Dennis W. Bakke

Identifying Your Strengths & Weaknesses

February 6, 2014

 

Interview with Marcus Buckingham, author of the book The One Thing You Need to Know: ... About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Here's a good way to determine what your weaknesses are…

 

Marcus Buckingham:
It's an activity that when you're not doing it, you don't look forward to it and when you are doing it you can't wait to stop. Well, you're never going to learn to love that.
 


Marcus Buckingham

How Anger Can Sabotage Your Success

December 10, 2013

 

Interview with Deidre Combs, author of the book Worst Enemy, Best Teacher : How to Survive and Thrive with Opponents, Competitors, and the People Who Drive You Crazy

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How often have you gotten yourself in trouble by reacting to something someone said or wrote without stepping back and really thinking about it before you respond?

 

Deidre Combs:
Here's one tip that I use: is to remember if I want to respond right away, I shouldn't.
 


Deidre Combs

Dealing With Adversity

November 6, 2013

 

Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal, author of the book The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Adversity; tough times they happen to all of us.

 

Dr. Normal Rosenthal:
Adversity is a necessary part of life that it happens in 3 contexts; bad luck, bad judgment and when you voluntarily take on the adversity.
 


Dr. Norman Rosenthal

Success On The Job

October 4, 2013

 

Interview with Tom Markert, author of the book You Can't Win a Fight with Your Boss

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You likely don't walk into work every morning with the intent to be charming, but maybe you should.

 

Tom Markert: 
People don't often promote people that they don't like. And everyday that you go into work is a real opportunity for you to be charming and have some of those intangible things that people do use as decision criteria when promotion time comes.
 


Tom Markert

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