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Q. In a meeting with all 120 of our
employees, I complained about our poor working conditions. The CEO
seemed concerned. But then a few of my co-workers got up to contradict
me, claiming everything was fine. What should I do?
Q. I yawn too much and my bosses are starting to notice. How can I come across as more energetic?
Try to participate in meetings when your boss huddles with his boss.
Even if you’re smarter than your boss, don’t flaunt it.
Advice on how to handle these sticky situations at work...
Fred Abrew, 62, became CEO at Equitable Resources Inc., a Pennsylvania
utility company, after nearly 40 years of climbing the corporate
ladder. He served as CEO for three years, leaving in 1997 with a
“golden parachute” worth $1.35 million. We spoke with Abrew about his
steady ascent to the top:
You can’t teach courage. But you can set an example and support your employees’ efforts to succeed in the face of adversity.
You love your job—at least 80 percent of the time. But you dread certain aspects of it and wind up dwelling on what you hate.
If you notice your otherwise fine manager getting careless or making
bad judgments, indirectly raise your concern by admiring a time when
the boss didn’t take shortcuts.
When you’re finished explaining what must get done, ask employees, “What’s your first move?”