Career

I once worked for a very difficult woman, who on a bad day was pathological. But that taught me that you can't negotiate with a bully....

An organizational psychologist I once worked with told me pointedly, “Every organization is dysfunctional. You have to decide if you can work within that particular dysfunction.” What she didn’t say, but which I later understood, is this meant working within the games and the rules that shape the dysfunction. And if we’re not at least...

I recently worked with a great guy named Josh, who’s a very thoughtful leader. In our work together, we tried to focus on his business strategies and ambitious goals. But we kept getting sidetracked because Josh was so irritated with his boss....

If you're not doing something new this week, you will be next week. What do we do with work that is constantly changing?...

What used to work doesn’t seem to apply anymore. But in this changing world without rules, you get to invent your own....

I once suffered a crushing career blow that nearly led me to quit my job without notice. Nothing I did was working. Everything felt upside down, and my role had shrunk in scope and prestige. This, I think, happens to most of us, probably more than once....

You know the drill: your job requires you to complete an annual goal setting process. This exercise usually ranges from mildly irritating to infuriating. But can we make it less annoying?...