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How Empathy Can Advance Your Career

How Empathy Can Advance Your Career

Empathy can work for you, at work.  By putting yourself in the shoes of a prospective employer, your colleague or your boss, you can find more positive ways of responding to challenges. Here are three scenarios where empathy made a real difference. The ‘difficult’ boss Clare, a senior manager, was tearing her hair out trying to please her line manager (a female, board level executive). Clare felt her boss undermined her constantly, by challenging every detail of her plans and reports, and wanting reasons (in writing) for every decision. Clare was on the brink of...
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How to Change a Bad Boss into a Good Boss

How to Change a Bad Boss into a Good Boss

The uncontested, number-one reason why people are unhappy and stressed at work is bad management. Nothing has more power to turn your work situation from happy to crappy than a bad boss. Sadly there are quite a few of them around. A British study accused one in four bosses of being bad, while a Norwegian study said one in five.The reason that having a bad manager is so bad for us is that managers have power over us. Managers can change our work situation, give us good or bad tasks, and, ultimately, fire us. This power imbalance is why a good relationship with your manager...
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So, This is What it Feels Like to Launch a Website ….

So, This is What it Feels Like to Launch a Website ….

I’m writing near the end of a fairly frantic day in the office with my assistant Claudine (pictured). I’ve been working on the launch of welldoing.org for many months, and yet just before going live, it suddenly seems like there are a million things I want to add, change, write, delete, describe. And, because it’s a website, I can. Tomorrow’s another day, with a fresh screen, more ideas, users’ suggestions, the day’s news. Having worked for a long time on magazines and newspapers, I’m used to the definitive finished product. People paid to see what the editorial team...
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