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When the Boss is a Bully

Have you ever had a boss who micromanages your work? What about one who asks if your college gave away degrees? Do you now have a boss who goes out of her way to make you miserable? Unfortunately, everyone who has the title of supervisor or manager is not a leader. Teddy Roosevelt said that,…

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How to Prepare for an Unexpected Job Change

At the age of 22, Nely Galan became the manager of a TV station in New Jersey. For three years, she gave herself completely to her job and believed that her employers were loyal to her. One morning she went to work and learned that the station had been sold, and her job was gone.…

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5 Questions to Ask about Your Job

Do you like your job? Do you have a good salary and decent benefits? If you became independently wealthy tomorrow, would you continue going to that job? Do you look forward to getting up and going to work every morning or do you dread it? If you’re still reading, my bet is that you don’t…

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Tear It Up!

With receipts and calculator in hand, I was pleased to discover that I was only over budget by $132 following a four-day trip to Disney World. That’s pretty good from the financial angle. But, I’ve been home for a week, and I’m just getting back on track with household management and business responsibilities. While a…

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3 Reasons to Keep a Job That You Hate

It’s been too many years. The chances for advancement are slim. You don’t like the work. The managers are stupid. There are dozens of reasons to quit a job that you hate. However, here are three reasons to stick around for a little while. 1. Steal. Yep, I want you to steal. Steal the ideas…

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Don’t Count Yourself Out

In the late 80’s, my friend Amy and I worked at the State Attorney’s Office. We had both been out of law school a couple of years, but Amy was 10 years older than me. I don’t recall what kind of work she did before going to law school. Anyway, after two years as prosecutors,…

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Fired, Part 3

I hired my first coach on New Year’s Day 2013. Although we did not have much in common, her advice, prodding and calling me out helped me to get focused and lose over 30 pounds and write a book. Convinced that I could make great progress on my own, I ended our coaching relationship in…

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Fired, Part 2

In August 2001, I was fired. I had been at the job for two months, and I was miserable. But, I was the single mother of two children, and I had a new home under construction. I couldn’t quit. After learning that my services were no longer required, I told the executive director that I…

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Fired, Part 1

Although I’ve been fired a few times, I’ve actually given the ax more often than I’ve gotten it. It never gets easier. When I was a 23-year-old single mother, I arrived at my babysitter’s home and found it surrounded by fire engines! The sitter’s sister had been smoking in the house and had started a…

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My Good Government Job

“I hate this job.” I received this instant message from a new co-worker. I told her that I didn’t like the work either, but I appreciated the pay and benefits. I reminded her that we could sit around and get paid to do nothing on 13 federal holidays. Of the co-workers with whom I regularly…

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