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My Boss Doesn’t Back Me: Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I manage the creative design department for my company and have for years. We have a reputation for offering inspired and visually arresting products—because of me, basically. My boss is a great guy; I actually followed him here from another company. In fact, that may be the problem—my boss is just too nice.…

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Feeling Lost at Work? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a relatively new manager at a not-for-profit organization. During my first two years working here, my boss told me exactly what to do all the time. A classic micromanager, he constantly breathed down my neck. He left the organization and I now I report to the woman who was his boss.…

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How Do I Teach My Boss? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, Due to a recent move to another country, I had to find a new job. Obviously I had to step down professionally, and now I found myself in an awkward situation: I have more knowledge, qualifications, and skills than my new boss. I see him struggling with his job. Things like time management, getting…

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Does Your Boss Have His Head in the Sand? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine,  As a sales and marketing manager in my company, I have been raising flags regarding the way we are responding to the market shrinking and business conditions. I see us headed for a critical situation soon and have suggested several solutions to our GM. He simply doesn’t listen. He refuses to take any…