Surviving a Chaotic Boss


When you are trying to be organized and strategic, and it’s your boss who is chaotic, reactive, and causing confusion and rework, it can make you feel really stressed, confused, frustrated, and tired!

It’s a shame there are so many chaotic bosses out there, but they are indeed out there, so we need to find a way to make the best of it. Read More “Surviving a Chaotic Boss”

Are you a good manager? A quick checklist…

You are the company

I remember when I had my first big leadership job. I overheard someone say, “Whenever people talk about Patty they always say…” I was shocked, not at whatever people said, but at the fact that people were talking about me! Read More “Are you a good manager? A quick checklist…”

The Key to Influence: Make your Voice Bigger


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Influence and Difficult People

The topic of how to influence difficult people, comes up in my work all the time. (At all levels.)

One of the most useful tools in the influence tool kit is to make your voice bigger. Read More “The Key to Influence: Make your Voice Bigger”

Are you a good manager?



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Are You a Good Manager?.

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Get the webinar

If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of my professional development program can download this webinar for free. Read More “Are you a good manager?”

Meeting your new boss for the first time? Get it right


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You have a new boss…how do you make a good impression?

When you get an opportunity to meet your new boss, what should you do? This question comes up frequently in my member coaching hours, so I thought I would address it in a blog. Read More “Meeting your new boss for the first time? Get it right”

More than one boss? Serving Multiple Masters


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Managing unreasonable expectations

“How should I deal with having more than just one boss, when all of them have unreasonable expectations? I serve multiple masters and they all act like their work is the only thing that I should be working on.”

This question comes up a lot in my Forward Program for professional development, so I thought I would answer it here on the blog. Read More “More than one boss? Serving Multiple Masters”

Butting heads with your boss?


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The Chasm

Sometimes even when people agree, and like and respect each other, they can still find it frustrating to communicate — both can be really smart, capable people, but they just don’t get each other — they drive each other crazy. Read More “Butting heads with your boss?”

The true cost of bad managers


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Bad managers cause real damage

When bad managers are allowed to run free, everyone suffers.

Employees Suffer

Employees feel unsupported, undirected, bullied, confused, unmotivated, unappreciated, frustrated, and constantly questioning, “is it me?” So they are not engaged and they are not productive. Read More “The true cost of bad managers”

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