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Boss Thinks You Are a Big Softie? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I’m a senior leader in the marketing department of a large consumer goods company and I report to the VP of operations. My boss is tough as nails and pays attention only to numbers, not people. I can’t stand her style. I’m much more of a people person and I believe that the…

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Feeling Paranoid? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I’m a regional VP of sales for a very high-pressure software company. My people are amazing. We have reached goal every year for the last five years and are 100% to goal right now, at the beginning of Q2. My people are not my problem; my problem is that I can’t seem to…

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Boss Never Shares Credit? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, My boss never gives anyone else any credit. It’s driving us all crazy. We recently completed an almost impossible job for him with an absurd deadline and very little direction. He didn’t give us any feedback along the way until swooping in at the last minute with all kinds of changes. A couple…

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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…