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Ask A Coach: Party Pooper

 Q: My co-workers are always planning birthday lunches and potlucks and get together after work.  I really hate that stuff.  I just want to do my job and go home.  How do I tell them without seeming like a jerk?A:  That is a tough situation.  It sounds like big crowds...

Ask A Coach: Ready for Promotion

Q: I’ve been working in the same role and team for 3 years.  I know I’m ready for a promotion but not seeing an opportunity to move up.  What should I do?A:  It sounds like you are getting frustrated by lack of moving up in the organization.  The first thing to do is...

Ask A Coach: Floundering after Reorg

Q: We went through a re-organization recently and my new boss doesn’t seem to like me.  Things that made me successful prior to the re-org aren’t working – what should I do?A:  That can be tough, but congratulations to you for recognizing that criteria for your...

Ask A Coach: Vague Feedback

Q: I’ve been told by my boss I need to do better at presenting, but when I ask for examples of what to do better – he can’t really give me much – just saying I need more presence. What do I do?A:  That is frustrating.  Your boss sounds like s/he is trying to help, but...

Ask A Coach: Motivating a Team

Q: How do I inspire my team to do work that is basic?  We do pretty routine things, how do I help them exceed expectations?A:  It sounds like you want your team to be more engaged in the work that they do, even though the work itself may not be that engaging.  Think...

Ask A Coach: Unproductive Meetings

Q: My team seems to be stuck.  We keep having meetings about what to do, but nothing seems to happen and we show up at the next meeting right where we left off in the previous one.  What’s going on?A:  Sounds like you aren’t getting commitment before you leave the...

Ask A Coach: Timely Feedback

Q: As a leader, I know timely feedback is expected and needed, but sometimes things my team does really irritate me.  How do I provide that feedback in a moment when I am angry or irritated?A:  Congratulations on recognizing that giving feedback when you are angry is...

Ask A Coach: Gossip on team

Q: One of my co-workers is always gossiping about other team members or other teams.  It makes me uncomfortable.  What is the best way to handle it?A:  That sounds like a difficult situation.  I don’t know if I have a best way since every situation is different, so...

Ask A Coach: Quiet Team

Q: My team is pretty reserved except for one person who always chimes in for ideas/input.  What can I do to encourage others to speak up in the meetings more?A: Often times more reserved people tend to want to think about things and feel put on the spot to come up...

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