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And how to handle them

Stressed female employee with a frustrated male boss at work.
Stressed female employee with a frustrated male boss at work.
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Once, during a trip to visit my colleagues at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, I spent nearly eight hours over the course of a week waiting for people to show up to meetings because they were running late, or in some cases, had completely forgotten. Another time, I worked on a strategy proposal all weekend, only to find out my boss had waited to tell me it was no longer needed. Earlier this year, I had to scramble on a project that I waited a month to get the green light on.


‘How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk’ might be the management guide we all need

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While we don’t have to help our colleagues tie shoes or remind them to FaceTime Grandma (that’d be weird), parenting skills can translate surprisingly well in the workplace.


Lessons on feedback, teamwork, and staying hyper-focused from former San Francisco Giants player Jeff Burke

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This month marks two years since I received the news that would change my life: The San Francisco Giants were releasing me as a player. Read: I was fired. This was the end of a dream I’d been pursuing my entire life.


When you find yourself getting frustrated with colleagues, ask yourself what’s motivating them

A large woman with a crown sits on a throne above her coworkers who are small and looking up at her feet.
A large woman with a crown sits on a throne above her coworkers who are small and looking up at her feet.
Illustration: Simo Liu

Jessica Powell, the former Google vice president who wrote The Big Disruption and told you how to quit your job, is here to answer your common but tricky work questions. Check back every other week for more management advice with a tech inflection.

I work with people who are inconsistently motivated, not particularly high-performing and not possible to get rid of. Sometimes I assume the worst, get frustrated, and am an asshole. But I would like to be a better human. How can I work effectively and without arrogance (clearly I struggle with this) with people of different levels of…


In relationships you value, speaking up is critical

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I had to say it: Our business relationship wasn’t working.

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