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WORKING: A Gift For The Boss

Joshua Stewart - Friday, December 21, 2012 - 6:18am

As you’re finishing up your holiday shopping, you may want to reconsider that gift for your boss. Giving your supervisor a holiday present can create some uncomfortable situations and could actually hurt your...

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WORKING: No Bosses!

Joshua Stewart - Monday, July 29, 2013 - 4:05am

There are companies out there that have no bosses. No middle-managers pushing the work through every day. Just people getting stuff done. “The idea behind it is this: if you’ve got committed, motivated people that take...

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WORKING: Appreciating Your Boss

Joshua Stewart - Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:25am

We spend a lot of time talking about dealing with -- or getting away from -- bad bosses during our regular GPB Radio conversations with Brandon Smith. Often, that’s prompted by a question from a listener or blog reader...

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WORKING: Shopping On The Clock

Joshua Stewart - Monday, December 2, 2013 - 3:33am

Say the boss wants to take you and your co-workers out for a long lunch and maybe a little shopping afterward. Sounds pretty nice. But are you crossing an ethical line since you’re probably still getting paid for the...

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WORKING: Signs Your Boss Doesn't Like You

Joshua Stewart - Monday, February 24, 2014 - 3:30am

Judging by the questions he’s asked all the time, our Working guy Brandon Smith says a lot of people seem to think their boss just doesn’t like them. And the truth is, lots of them are right, he said. “Bosses can have...

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WORKING: When Your Boss Doesn't Like You, What Do You Do?

Joshua Stewart - Monday, March 3, 2014 - 3:22am

When your boss doesn’t like you, one of things he or she will probably do is spend less time with you. To turn things around, though, you HAVE to spend time together. “You can’t change that [negative] impression they...

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'My Direct Report Is Dysfunctional'

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:12am

It was my fourth call with Theresa in a week and I was beginning to feel like I was in the movie “Groundhog Day.” Theresa’s direct report, Steven, had been causing her headache after massive headache. “Steven just doesn...

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Signs You've Got A Problem Direct-Report

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:54am

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but I hear a lot of stuff. I guess it comes with the profession. Joys, frustrations, worries, opinions, rants, you name it and I’ve probably heard it. When the person across from...

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3 Ways To Stop A Sabotaging Direct Report

Brandon Smith - Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:45am

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate task of managing a saboteur, you know how tricky and dangerous it can be. “But wait, Brandon,” you say. “What do you mean by ‘saboteur?’ I thought saboteurs cut wires, plant bombs and...


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