Results tagged “management”


Job Calendar | MBA Women International "Mastering the Art of the Business Meal"

Join MBAWI Seattle for a professional development event called "More than Forks and Knives: Mastering the Art of the Business Meal," featuring etiquette expert Arden Clise. Register at Eventbrite. Tickets include a three-course meal (fixed menu, with a vegetarian option

Career Center | Expert: Good leadership is key to employee engagement

By Ann Belser / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Do you love your job but feel like it doesn’t love you back? It’s not you, it’s them. Your company’s leadership is making you feel unloved. “In most cases, it’s because of the leader,”

Career Center | Career advice: Don't take disrespect from power-grabber

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently hired an employee who tries to control every situation. “Megan” frequently tells me that she is accustomed to being in charge because she has held leadership roles in the

Career Center | Study: More women, foreign-born executives enter top ranks

By Elizabeth Olson / New York Times News Service The face of corporate America is gradually being remade as women and professionals educated abroad enter into the top ranks of the largest corporations, according to a study in the latest

Career Center | Career advice: My boss said he doesn't like working with women

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: When my boss advised me that I had not made the final round of interviews for a promotion, I couldn’t help shedding a few tears. As he was leaving my office,

Career Center | Author: Business world could learn a lot from Pope Francis

By Joyce Gannon / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, was widely considered to be the runner-up in 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI was elected to lead the Catholic Church. But he didn't hang around the Vatican

Career Center | When it comes to leadership, do engineers have an image problem?

By Rick Barrett / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Satya Nadella, the brand-new chief executive of Microsoft, has an engineering background. So does Mary Barra, who became CEO of General Motors not long ago. Yet a vast majority of Americans believe engineers

Career Center | What's industrial psychology and why is it growing so fast?

By Ann Belser / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette One of the more obscure fields listed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics is industrial-organizational psychologist. It is also projected to be the field with the highest growth -- measured by percentage -- over

Career Center | Career advice: Boss questions office's language policy

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Our business employs people from many different countries. To encourage teamwork and inclusion, company policy states that English should be spoken when people are working together. If everyone in a group

Job Calendar | Seattle HireLive career fair

At HireLive career fairs, employers and job seekers meet face-to-face in a comfortable and professional environment to discuss career opportunities in sales, retail or management. Job seekers, register here.

Career Center Blog | Exert authority at work without yelling

Ever watched a co-worker or boss lose his or her temper and yell or scream at someone at work? Odds are you lost some respect for the person while you overheard the emotional scene. Is it possible to show authority

Career Center | 5 things successful managers do right

By Robert M. Sheehan Jr. Special to The Washington Post We heard it every weekend during football season. The losing team did not execute the fundamentals. "Didn't take care of the football." "Sloppy blocking." "Didn't wrap their arms on tackles."

Career Center | I'm not sorry: How to suppress the apology reflex

By Audrey S. Lee / New York Times News Service Confidence, at least in the American workplace, means never having to say you’re sorry. I know that now, but early in my career I found myself apologizing over and over

Career Center | Career advice: Transfer lands department under tyrant

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Ever since our department was transferred to a different area of the company, morale has been going downhill rapidly. The main reason for this decline is that we have begun reporting

Career Center | Do you socialize with your boss?

Do you socialize with your boss?

Job Calendar | Executive Speaker Series

Ray Conner, executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will be the featured speaker at this Albers Executive Speaker Series event. The public is welcome to attend.

Job Calendar | Evening MBA open house

Join the UW Bothell MBA program staff for a fun evening to meet UWB MBA students, alumni and faculty to learn more about the Technology MBA and Leadership MBA programs. RSVP required.

Career Center | Career advice: How to cope with overwhelming new job

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: I recently started a new job and I feel very overwhelmed. I was much more comfortable in my old job and now feel like the dumbest person in the room. What can

Career Center Blog | 10 tips for promoting positive office etiquette

While the holidays can be a happy and enjoyable time of year, they can become stressful when employees don't follow basic office etiquette. Why is office etiquette important? Because bad manners at work can be bad for business by negatively

Career Center | Hey, leaders: Keep employees in the company loop

By Joyce E.A. Russell / The Washington Post Employees don’t always know what is going on in their organizations. Yet communication is critical for all levels of employees. Research shows that engagement goes up when employees feel they have the

Career Center Blog | A worker bee speaks up about annual reviews

Hey, boss: It's performance review time. And although you didn't ask (why not?), I, your loyal employee, would like to offer a few tips. Please don't surprise me. OK, maybe it's too late for this one, but nothing in an

Career Center | Recruiting for a hard-to-fill job? Try these tips

By Kristen Fife / Special to NWjobs The resumes aren’t coming in. No one is opening your LinkedIn InMails. Agencies can’t produce candidates. If you didn’t know it before, you do now: You’re trying to hire for a hot job.

Career Center | 10 trends to watch in work/life balance

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald As we wind down the year, I've identified major workplace trends affecting the way we work. From an individual perspective, understanding these trends will give you an advantage. From an employer perspective,

Career Center | Micromanaged: How to control a control freak

By Joyce E.A. Russell / The Washington Post Micromanagement: It’s a dreaded word. Having a micromanager for a boss can be a huge source of stress. When you ask people to characterize a micromanager, they say things like: “He leaves

Career Center | Career advice: To maximize productivity, find your 'dot'

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune I enjoy power tools that go “VRRRROOMMMMM” and hitting things with hammers, but that doesn’t make me a handyman. I learned that quickly after becoming a homeowner. There are jobs I can do --

Career Center | Career advice: Outplayed by problem employee; now what?

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: One of my employees is extremely stubborn. Regardless of the topic, “Paul” refuses to consider other opinions and always insists that he is right. Needless to say, this creates problems with

Career Center | Office gift guide: fun, affordable finds for your co-workers

By Bree Coven Brown / Special to NWjobs We know: You have to finish your year-end reports, turn in your expenses, shop for your significant other and pack for vacation. You don’t have time to find clever, affordable, work-appropriate holiday

Career Center | Career advice: Boss's pet employee really gets my goat

By Rob Walker / New York Times News Service Q: I work in a small, six-person office, and I find the relationship between our manager and this one younger guy in the office really irritating. Basically, they are too close.

Career Center | Career advice: Should you accept a promotion without a raise?

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald Rosie Hernandez found herself standing in her manager’s office in disbelief. He was offering her supervision of a larger team and a title that reflected her new role. What he wasn’t giving

Career Center | As reverse mentors, young adults teach executives

By Cindy Krischer Goodman / The Miami Herald My 12-year-old son has taught me that his generation participates in social networking entirely on their phones. He showed me how to post a photo on Instagram, follow others, tag people and

Career Center Blog | How managers can overcome resistance to change

A newly promoted manager recently said: "We had to reduce expenses, so I made some changes in the organizational structure of my department by consolidating a few positions. I put several projects on hold, canceled one project and let a

Career Center Blog | Have you thanked your boss lately?

Here in the Seattle area, we're known as being a very polite (and sometimes introverted) bunch of people, even when it comes to driving on crowded freeways during rush-hour traffic. Being polite (and introverted) means we may not speak out

Career Center | Scientists: Time free of work lets brain innovate

By Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune You're sitting in front of a computer screen, trying desperately to write the greatest workplace advice column in the history of the world and it's just not coming to you. Then you step away

Career Center | Thanks, Boss: Observe Boss's Day without inducing groans

By Bree Coven Brown / Special to NWjobs Wednesday, Oct. 16, is Boss’s Day. Many bosses probably aren’t even aware of it, while others cringe at obligatory recognition (isn’t every day Boss’s Day?). If your boss or manager has been

Career Center | Career advice: Manager needs to coach cranky employee

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: One of my employees seems to be alienating his co-workers. Several of them have complained that “Ted” gets angry and upset very easily, so they try to avoid working with him.

Career Center | Career advice: To end power struggle, ask boss for help

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: My manager, "Melanie," is undermining my relationship with my staff. Shortly after I was promoted to supervisor, my employees began going to Melanie with work-related concerns. Instead of involving me in

Career Center | Study: Millennials' salary expectations not realistic

By Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times Employers have a decidedly negative view of the so-called millennial generation, seeing those in the demographic as having poor work habits and inflated pay demands. That's a finding from a new study examining

Career Center | How to make performance reviews less painful, more relevant

By Jennie Wong / The Charlotte Observer "Performance reviews are next month." Does that phrase fill you with dread? Most employees would put performance review season on par with a trip to the dentist, and it is the rare manager

Career Center Blog | When surrounded by immature behavior, sometimes it's best to be direct

Power struggles, undermining and backstabbing behaviors that negatively affect the achievement of company objectives is NOT OK. Management teams must act as role models for the behavior they want to see in all employees of a company. So when surrounded

Job Calendar | Graduate business programs open house

Get the facts about Seattle Pacific University's graduate business programs at the Graduate Programs Open House. Ask questions, meet faculty, and discover how you can achieve your career goals when you learn "another way of doing business." RSVP here.

Career Center | Why bosses shouldn't always be down on fantasy football

By Mark Belko / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Ready for some football? Maybe not if you’re an office manager. Not when the kind of production your employees are most worried about involves rushing yards and pass completions. Or when the biggest trades

Career Center | Career advice: I put my foot in my mouth. Now what?

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently made a huge mistake at work. After an extremely stressful day, I expressed some very negative opinions about the company in general and my manager in particular. Because several

Career Center Blog | '7 Habits' applied to career development

It's been about 20 years since I first read Stephen Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I was with a group of friends recently and someone mentioned a topic

Career Center | Good Job: Ben McCarthy of Seattle Works

What do you do? At Seattle Works [an organization that connects volunteers and develops emerging leaders], I manage and facilitate two leadership development training programs: one for nonprofit and government commission service (The Bridge), the other for volunteer project management

Career Center | Career advice: New manager inherits cranky employee

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Since becoming the office manager for a large medical practice, I have received numerous complaints about one member of my staff. Several people have told me that "Tricia," our front desk

Career Center Blog | Techniques to reduce group conflict

Q: "I just became the manager of two departments that were merged together because corporate downsizing significantly reduced the number of people in each department. But everyone seems to hate each other, and they constantly argue over the smallest issues.

Career Center | Career advice: Give boss a heads-up before applying for internal job

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I recently applied for a position in another department without telling my boss. The job description sounded interesting, but lacked important details, including work hours. I figured, however, that I could

Career Center | All work, no play a recipe for job burnout

By Joyce E.A. Russell / Special to The Washington Post Recently I asked an executive I was coaching, “What hobbies do you have?” He paused, looked at me blankly, and then replied, “Actually, I don’t really have any,” followed by

Career Center | Are you a good manager? Take the quiz

By Jennie Wong / The Charlotte Observer Managers, think of a specific person who reports to you and take the quiz below based on your behavior over the past two weeks (be honest!). View Survey Give yourself one point for

Career Center Blog | Don't take casual Fridays too casually

Summer is a time when many companies in the Seattle area loosen their work attire requirements, especially for casual Fridays. Just (please) don't come to work wearing bike shorts and a tank top. "Casual Friday" can mean different things to

Career Center | Mobile recruiting: 5 simple steps employers can take

By Kristen Fife / Special to NWjobs Mobile recruiting is the hot topic in the industry these days. At its simplest definition, it boils down to making sure that any recruiting action is adjusted for mobile consumption. Be it a

Career Center | Q&A: Boss wants quiet worker to type less, talk more

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: I’m a pretty shy and quiet person, and as such prefer to deal with people at work via email or instant messaging. My boss is pushing me to call people or stop

Career Center | Want a promotion? Build up your executive presence

By Ken White / The Washington Post What image do you project? How do people react when you enter a room or when you walk down a hallway? Do you possess that intangible quality known as executive presence? It is

Career Center | Q&A: Boss must keep whistleblower's identity secret

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Whenever my employees have a complaint about a co-worker, they ask me to handle the problem without mentioning their name. If the issue is trivial, I tell them to talk with

Career Center | Telecommuting pros and cons, from both sides

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Career Center | Q&A: Boss's lack of direction has new hire feeling lost

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I was recently hired as the executive assistant to a company president. On my second day, he gave me a project to do, then took off to play golf. I had

Career Center | Q&A: Time to break cycle of abuse at work

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: The verbal abuse that I receive from my boss has been escalating for several years. About once a week, he begins shouting, cursing and banging on my desk. He starts criticizing

Career Center | Giving feedback? Avoid delivering a 'praise sandwich'

By Alina Tugend / New York Times News Service Most of us think we know how to give feedback. Positive comments are better -- and more useful -- than negative ones. And if you do have to point out something

Career Center | Women have to learn how to say 'no' at work

Joyce E. A. Russell / The Washington Post “No is a very simple word. One syllable. Two letters. One of the shortest words in the English language, yet one of the most difficult for women to say at work.” This

Career Center Blog | How to transition from co-worker to manager

One of the more difficult career situations I've coached people through -- and been through myself -- is being promoted from within a department to become the manager of that group. As one client found out, going from a peer

Career Center | Q&A: Maybe nit-picking boss isn't the problem

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Seven years ago, we got a new manager who does not like careless errors. I usually do a great job, but sometimes I have a bad day and make mistakes, like

Career Center Blog | To excel in your career, focus on the 4 C's

It used to be that the "three R's" (reading, writing and arithmetic) were sufficient for workers to succeed in their careers. But according to a recently released American Management Association (AMA) survey, that no longer holds true. The rapid pace

Career Center | NWjobs: Tell us about work lessons from your mom

What did your mother teach you about work? NWjobs is collecting vignettes about the career-related lessons readers learned from their mothers, whether it was verbally or by example. Email your contribution in 75 words or fewer to editor@nwjobs.com by April

Career Center Blog | 7 things bosses should never say to employees

Last week's post featured seven things employees should never say to their bosses. Well, it's a two-way street. Bosses, it's your turn: "I pay your salary. I'm the boss." Signing paychecks does not make you lord and master. It does

Career Center | Q&A: My co-workers are complaining about me

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I was recently told by both my boss and human resources that people have been complaining about me. My co-workers say I act superior and try to oversee their work. Apparently,

Career Center | Pushing back on workplace bullying

By Sam Hananel / The Associated Press Margaret Fiester is no shrinking violet, but she says working for her former boss was a nightmare. “One day I didn’t do something right, and she actually laid her hands on me and

Career Center Blog | The importance of building a culture of respect

Earning respect isn't always easy. Nor should respect be something only subordinates are forced to give managers. To better compete in this global economy, a key strategic objective of executive teams and human resources managers should be creating a culture

Career Center | Q&A: Owners not letting manager manage people

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: I work in a small company where the owners refuse to do anything about incompetent employees. As a department head, I am not allowed to confront poor performers because the top

Career Center | To curb workplace violence, employers should plan

By Gabrielle Banks / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Schaun D. Henry was leading an onsite training session on violence prevention in the workplace when a stranger barged into the room, headed straight for him and threatened: "I have a gun." The participants

Career Center | Q&A: Boss not helping with promised promotion

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: My manager says she wants to help me get promoted, but she doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. For the past two years, she has said that my position

Career Center | Q&A: Absence doesn't make the boss grow fonder

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: One of my employees constantly calls at the last minute to say she will be arriving late or not coming in at all. “Ginger” also leaves early on a regular basis,

Career Center Blog | Sometimes, money isn't the best motivator

It's that time of year again -- when managers go through the annual ritual of employee performance appraisals. During a strong economy, appraisals were also a time to recognize outstanding employee performance with fabulous benefits and perks, such as the

Career Center | Q&A: Misguided manager botches worker reviews

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: My boss and I have very different opinions about the performance of two people who report to me. She refused to sign their annual appraisals until I lowered the ratings and

Career Center Blog | A worker bee's letter to the boss

Your boss tells you to be a "self-starter," to follow through, to be flexible and patient and dependable and loyal. You're told there is no "I" in "team." You're told, "You should just be grateful you have a job." For

Career Center | Leaders, get out of your bubble to stay in touch

By Joyce E.A. Russell / Special to The Washington Post After last year’s presidential election, some experts talked about how the Republicans were out of touch with the very people they needed to have vote for them. That thinking holds

Career Center | Q&A: Discovery of tryst makes office enemy

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: About a year ago, I accidentally walked in on the CEO’s secretary in a compromising position with one of the vice presidents. From then on, this secretary did everything possible to

Career Center | Q&A: My hiring decisions aren't very good

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: My hiring decisions don’t seem to be very good. The past few people I’ve hired have fallen short of my expectations. I can’t figure it out -- I’m hitting it off with

Career Center | Q&A: How to get micromanager off your back

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: My new boss doesn't seem to realize that I know how to do my job. He's a nice guy, but he is always telling me what to do even though I've been

Career Center | Watch your words if you want career success

By Diane Stafford / The Kansas City Star Little things we say every day can make or break our workplace image. Darlene Price, an executive coach and founder of Well Said Inc., has a list of phrases that we may

Career Center | Q&A: Is it too late for tardy worker to make amends?

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: My manager recently gave me a performance warning for coming to work late. She has started monitoring me very closely, which makes me feel like some sort of criminal. I don't

Career Center Blog | Balancing holiday cheer and your career

"Now that it's December, I can't wait to decorate my cubicle!" exclaimed a friend while we sipped coffee. Our other friend rolled her eyes, shook her head and groaned, "That's exactly why I hate the holidays at work -- people

Career Center | Q&A: Few people at work know that I exist

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Even though I'm a senior manager, no one outside my department seems to know I exist. Whenever people need information related to my group, they always contact my boss. Instead of

Career Center Blog | Being irreplaceable at work can derail your career

Early in my career I was given an interesting piece of advice from an older, male co-worker who had been with the company for many years. "You need to learn to hold back some of your knowledge and not share

Career Center | Q&A: What to do about new staffer's lackadaisical attitude

By Liz Reyer / Minneapolis Star Tribune Q: We’ve recently added a new analyst to our staff. She just graduated from college and has some of the right skills, but is somewhat lackadaisical in her approach to her work. What

Career Center | Career makeover: Construction project manager retools job search

By Cody Ellerd Bay / Special to NWjobs For nearly 20 years, Rita Maese-Noaker had her dream job. A project manager for a construction company, she enjoyed working with tenants and property managers and seeing multimillion-dollar building projects through to

Career Center | Q&A: Worker bee stung for not being social butterfly

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: During my last performance review, my manager told me that I need to improve my interpersonal relationships. Some of my co-workers apparently said that I don't talk to them enough. I

Job Calendar | NSHMBA career and networking event

NSHMBA Seattle, a group dedicated to increasing Hispanic leadership in the Pacific Northwest, is hosting a career and networking event. For registration, instructions and more information, visit Eventbrite.

Career Center | Q&A: Introvert prefers to stay in comfort zone at work

By Joyce E.A. Russell / Special to The Washington Post Q: I just started a new job with a great company. There are only a handful of us in my role, and I’m among the more experienced in this newly

Job Calendar | Bellevue executive MBA admissions event

At this event, you will learn more about Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA programs, meet the program directors, ask questions and meet fellow students. Register here.

Job Calendar | Seattle executive MBA admissions event

At this event, you will learn more about Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA programs, meet the program directors, ask questions and meet fellow students. Register here.

Career Center | Q&A: Team's performance ratings take a baffling hit

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: On our recent appraisals, everyone on my team received a lower rating than last year, despite the fact that our level of performance hasn't changed at all. We have always gotten

Career Center | Q&A: Office romance sparks gossip, hurt feelings

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Two of my co-workers, “Jake” and “Cheryl,” sit next to each other and spend a lot of time whispering and giggling. They often leave the office together and are sometimes gone

Career Center | Q&A: How to deal with helicopter parent at work

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: The mother of one of my employees recently called my boss to complain that her daughter, "Angie," was being overworked. Angie was upset because some required training made it difficult for

Job Calendar | Leadership for Social Good: Translating Passion into Action

Are you interested in starting or leading a socially conscious endeavor someday? Thinking about transitioning into or exploring the nonprofit sector, but not sure where to start? Seattle University Institute of Public Service and the School of Law's Access to

Career Center | Q&A: Worker wants sick days off public calendar

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Whenever someone takes sick leave, that information is publicly posted in our online calendar. Everyone in the company has access to this program. Even though I’m not sick very often, I

Career Center | Q&A: Should I tell work about my depression?

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: For the past five years, I have suffered from depression. During that time, I have been on and off medication, but I have never told my employer about this problem. During

Career Center | Feel like a fake? Imposter Syndrome common at work

By Joyce E.A. Russell / The Washington Post Do you suffer from Imposter Syndrome? The term, created by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in 1978, refers to the idea that competent people find it hard to believe in their

Career Center | Fewer firms ranking workers like Microsoft does

By Michael E. Kanell / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Many American companies that use a ranking employee-evaluation system have lately been turning away from it. Known as “stacked ranking” or “forced ranking,” the process made famous by GE is really just

Career Center | Career Q&A: Disillusioned boss wants out

By Joyce E.A. Russell / Special to The Washington Post Q: I’m truly getting sick of being in a managerial position of having to promote/enforce/talk up policies and positions of senior management that blatantly scream “We’re being cheap and making

Career Center | Q&A: New employee wants to suggest changes

By Marie G. McIntyre / McClatchy-Tribune News Service Q: Since joining this company a few weeks ago, I have noticed a lot of areas that need improvement. However, I'm not sure how honest I should be in sharing my views

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