Posts by Dear Sally

Disheartened and Dragging

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally: It seems like I can’t find the gas pedal in so many parts of my life. I can’t get my kids out of the house in the morning. I call my dogs and they barely pick their heads up. I get to work and the people I manage are operating at a snail’s…

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Are You a Contortionist?

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, I’m in a tight spot. That’s actually how it feels. Like I’m trapped. I’m in a work role that feels very constraining. There are missing pieces of our workflow and our structure and things fall through the cracks. No one on the team seems to notice the problem yet everyone complains about the…

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From Voluncheerful to Voluntearful

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, I say yes to everything. I say YES with my mouth but NO with my heart. When someone invites me to a meeting, I squeeze it into my calendar. If I get an email late at night, I feel like I need to respond. I’m on committees and sub-committees, task force groups and…

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Get Your Matriarch On

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, Lately, I’ve noticed my plate is too full. I’m overwhelmed, irritable, and snapping at people. I’m normally not that kind of person and it’s upsetting to me and those around me that I’m acting this way. But it feels like everyone wants a piece of me. I’m in a director role in a…

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Best Micro-Manager Ever

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, How do you know if you’re giving members of your herd the right amount of support?  I want to make sure the people who work with me feel like I care and I’ve got their back.  But I don’t want to come across as being to involved in their business, or even worse,…

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Possibly Arrogant

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, It recently came to my attention that some of my colleagues have labeled me as arrogant. I know I can be opinionated sometimes but this label hurts and I’m worried it’s going to affect my future here, especially if my manager agrees! What do I do to reverse this? Dear Possibly Arrogant, It…

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Corporate Climber

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, I’m a director-level corporate guy and have climbed that ladder, one rung at a time, but at a decent pace. I’ve never really understood the reasons behind my promotions. I mean, I’m a good producer, and people generally like me. But when I look around me, I don’t see how my job performance…

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Cog-less in the Corporate World

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, I could use your wisdom. After an illness, I’ve been on leave from my job for a few months. It makes sense to return, because I gotta eat and money doesn’t grow on trees, but I’m concerned because my heart doesn’t feel in it anymore. I’m worried that my heart wouldn’t be in…

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Retail Disobeyer

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, It is clearly the modern way that you can’t live in the moment. You have to get ready for the next thing before you are really in the thing you waited and prepared for. Around here, the Halloween costume stores are open for business. I have taken all the hype and disobeyed it,…

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Not-Summer-Lovin

Dear Sally - Dragging or Leading

Dear Sally, We are approaching the end of the summer holiday here and my kids have been home for almost 3 months. Three months Sally!!! That is a lot of time at home. I love my kids (of course I do) and as we count down the last few weeks before school goes back, I…

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