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    Managing Upward: Strategies for Succeeding With Your Boss

    A Survival Guide for Working With Bad Bosses: Dealing With Bullies, Idiots, Back-stabbers, And Other Managers from Hell

    When Smart People Work For Dumb Bosses


    Counselling Directory
    Posted: 9/18/2010 9:41:29 AM

    One of the hardest parts of dealing with problems at work, and the stress and anxiety caused by them, is coming forward and accepting that it has happened and you need help and support to recover. Many may be in denial, and instead try to bury their problems instead of having to deal with the resulting problems.

    Counselling can be an excellent tool to help people overcome distressing issues that may have arisen in the workplace. In a safe, confidential environment, away from prying eyes and ears and free of judgment, you are able to discuss and work through issues, dealing with the effects the problems have had, and how to deal with them in the future and move on.

    But once sometime decides to undertake counseling there are numerous issues to consider – practical and otherwise. What about, for example, location? Despite counsellors’ assured complete confidentiality people may prefer to see a counsellor that is perhaps outside their local area, but still in surroundings they are comfortable in.

    Counselling can take many different approaches – from person-based to psychoanalytic, and it’s important to choose a counsellor with an approach the person will be comfortable with and respond to well.

    Counselling Directory was set up to provide a simple, easy, and most importantly un-daunting way of connecting people that need help with the people that provide it. A comprehensive searching tool, the site allows postcode, town and country searches, and produces a list of counsellors registered in this area. Each counsellor has a profile, listing a bit about themselves, their approaches, what areas they deal with, and all their training, qualification and experience and fees, all in one simple search.

    The site has also become a huge information bank – there are articles written by the counsellors, as well as comprehensive information on all kinds of distress – from depression to eating disorders to abuse, to help people identify their problems and become informed, not scared.

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    10 Things Employees Dislike Most about Their Employers
    Posted: 3/5/2007 6:03:02 PM

    Our careers have a major impact in defining our lives. The average full-time employee spends close to 48 hours a week on the job, and it’s not always because they’re in love with what they do. There are a number of things employees dislike about their employers. Here are 10 of the most common.

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    10 Employee Behaviors Bosses Hate Most
    Posted: 3/5/2007 5:51:20 PM

    Every boss wishes for an office filled with happy, motivated and downright fantastic employees. … Dream on. The fact is there’s usually one bad apple in the bunch, and maybe many more. Bad behavior isn’t just the domain of the stereotypical boss; it’s a place many employees venture as well.

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    Five Questions to Always Ask on an Interview
    Posted: 5/1/2006 8:13:03 AM

    An interview is a two-way street. And to find your perfect job, you need to interview the company, as well as the company interviewing you. Here are five questions that will give you a good idea if you want to stick around for more.

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    How To Resign
    Posted: 5/1/2006 8:09:39 AM

    With every resignation that takes place throughout the world, there's a percentage of employees who unknowingly, set themselves up for a fall. Only too late do they realize the damage they've done to themselves and their career.

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    How Expensive Is Poor Leadership
    Posted: 9/1/2005 10:53:48 AM

    "Retaining talented employees should be a major focus for companies these days. I have heard over the years, that “anyone is replaceable.” When I was a young engineer fresh out college, I believed it myself."

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    Ten Questions to Ask When Interviewing the Company
    Posted: 2/14/2005 12:24:03 PM

    To see material on this topic which is part of the upcoming second editon of Chapter Nine of 40+: Overtime Under Poor Leadership by Chris Ortiz, click on the link above.

    First edition available at:

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    Ten Signs of an Incompetent Leader
    Posted: 10/19/2004 8:40:38 AM

    By Chris Ortiz, Author of 40+: Overtime Under Poor Leadership

    Click on the link above for the Article that the following ten signs have been excerpted from:

    1. Delegates work rather than balancing work loads. This allows all attention to be diverted from them in case of failure.

    2. Reduces answers to Yes or No rather than explaining their reasoning.

    3. Cannot separate personal life from professional life. Their personal problems come to work with them.

    4. Is a crisis manager not a planner.

    5. Humiliates subordinates within a group.

    6. Creates an environment where mistakes are unacceptable.

    7. Will not stand behind subordinates when they fail.

    8. Encourages hard workers, not smart workers.

    9. Judges people on hours not performance.

    10.Will act differently in front of their leaders.

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    5 Steps to Getting the Raise the You Deserve - A Guide for Women
    Posted: 8/27/2004 9:28:19 PM

    Women often feel their work should stand for itself and therefore tend to wait for someone else to tell them when (and if) they deserve increased rewards or recognition, such as a raise. Rewards and recognition are a crucial part of your job and play a significant role in your confidence and sense of control over your career. Unfortunately, you relinquish a lot of control by waiting for others to bestow favorable things upon you. As with many things in life, you will not know what is possible unless you ask. Of course, asking for a raise is a very anxiety producing and scary proposition for most. However, with the proper preparation and perspective, you just may be surprised at how successful you are. Berkman Fives has developed an effective and actionable approach to this process. This approach not only takes holistic perspective on the process, but also helps prepares you for effective negotiation.

    Article courtesy of Berkman Fives.

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