Victim of Your Own Success? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I work as a subject matter expert on sales and implementation teams for integrated software. I get pulled into all kinds of teams. I am constantly being told to join new teams and I feel like I’m doing most of the work on the teams I am already a part of. My problem…

Thinking the Stress at Work Might Kill You? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, A couple of years ago I moved from working in the bio/life sciences private sector to a government agency. It was a big adjustment, as you can imagine. Then, nine months ago, my direct supervisor was abruptly let go and I was tapped to be the boss. There was no due process, interviewing,…

Feeling Anxious at Work? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I’m a mid-level manager with a large team. My boss pretty much leaves me on my own to get my job done. He knows he can trust me. My problem is that I am constantly anxious about my performance, even though no one tells me it isn’t good enough. Everyone keeps talking about…

CEO Making You Crazy? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a VP of supply chain in a vast multi-billion dollar global consumer products company. Our CEO is really smart—a true visionary—and I have a great relationship with him. We always have good conversations when we are together. He works out of the European headquarters while my division is in the US,…

Afraid You Might Drop the Ball? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I am a senior project manager in a service organization. I manage client-facing work as well as hundreds of independent contractors.  I recently got behind on my list—the endless small tasks that add up to outstanding service—and I shelved a few items to take care of when I came back from a week’s…

Hair on Fire at Work? Ask Madeleine

Dear Madeleine, I run a department in a fast growing biotech company. Things are moving so fast that they keep promoting me and I have to say I am pretty sure I have no idea what I am doing at this point. I have excellent people reporting to me—they are all super smart, insanely dedicated,…