Coworkers

Our Dirty Little Secrets

You have them. I have them. And so does everyone else. If you are lucky you have perhaps one or two people in your life with whom you can be fully transparent and authentic. But according to a recent survey more than 96% of us have things that we hide from others in every area…

Business is Not Family

Misunderstanding the reality of workplace friendships and "family" can put your career at risk. Smarter Faster Stronger LLC just had their annual "Smarter Faster Stronger Family Fun Day" at which the CEO celebrated the corporate culture of "family first" and almost shed a tear as he described how everyone in attendance was like family to…

How to Tell a Co-Worker He Stinks (Literally)

Carol Althaus had a problem. One of her co-workers, a great hardworking guy whom everyone liked, had horrible body odor ‒ sometimes. Well, most of the time actually, but there were days when everything seemed fine. Or maybe she was just getting used to it. It had become a topic of conversation among several people…

How Leaders Become Liars

So NBC News anchor Brian Williams is himself in the news recently regarding his "conflating" of various memories while reporting from Afghanistan. And it turns out (if reports are accurate) that NBC executives have had concerns for years about his tendency to inflate the stories of his personal experiences, from his on-the-ground observations during Hurricane…

Navigate the Landmines of Office Politics

"Why can't people just say what they mean and mean what they say?" lamented Jenny, a mid-level manager for one of my client businesses. "If we focused all of this energy on the business we wouldn't have most of the issues that cause the gossip, paranoia and backstabbing." She was reacting to recent comments from…

How to Hug your Backstabber

When Eric Urtiaga started his new job as a Product Manager for a nutritional products company in San Diego, he was looking forward to having an impact on a market that he cared a lot about. Eric was passionate about maintaining a healthy mind, body and spirit, at work and in the rest of his…