Silence a nagging boss

  • September 01, 2001

My boss constantly pesters me. He calls or visits my office every few hours, asking, “Is it done yet?” That distracts me and slows me down. How can I shut...

Tame an intrusive boss

  • September 01, 2001

I’m a good manager—when I’m left alone. But I have a new boss who’s always contradicting me in front of my employees and generally butting in.

Manager’s insubordination wins protection

  • August 01, 2001

Jane Foster had a tough decision: Follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or follow her boss's orders. She went with the ADA and got fired. But a court has...

Defuse a domineering boss

  • July 01, 2001

A manager wrote to ask us how to deal with an aggressive boss who interrupts constantly, uses foul language and loves to give quizzes that put people on the defensive.

Rethink your nepotism policy

  • June 01, 2001

If you have a policy that bans hiring employees' spouses, consider dropping it, or at least rewriting it. Reason: 14 percent of dual-income married couples now work in...

From ‘corporate Siberia’ to CEO

  • May 01, 2001

Soon after Kenneth Chenault joined American Express in his early 30s, he took a job as VP of marketing for the firm’s low-profile merchandise services unit.

Turn nitpickers into pushovers

  • April 01, 2001

Some people love to pick apart whatever you say. Rather than cooperate, they raise objections or challenges.