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Advice on how to manage without authority

I'm the junior member of a 2-person legal team for a government agency. I routinely have to ask people wholly outside my chain of command to do things for me or, more rarely, correct work when it's not compliant with law/policy/practice. I've successfully won over the majority of the staff in my year with the agency, but one staff member is routinely argumentative with me. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mchorn on Aug 20, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me help them!

I'm an assistant manager now. I want to be a manager, and there will be job openings in a month or so. What can I do to increase my chances of getting promoted? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jul 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Leadership 101

I am an I.T. worker who does technical work, and does it well. Now, I’ve done it so well for so long, that my supervisor has advanced me to a position of “Team Leader” and I am now in charge of telling other I.T. people what to do. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jul 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Help this graphic designer become the best production manager ever

I have been a graphic designer, or in related jobs, for most of my work life. Now I'm moving into a new print production manager position at the marketing agency where I work, and I will be doing a diverse range of stuff, much of which is new to me. Help me kick ass! [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 18, 2014 - 3 answers

I need a system for managing a shared email inbox.

Please give me your shared email box efficiency tips! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Do I know where I'm going to?

How can I plot the next steps of my career, given where I am now? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Jun 7, 2014 - 1 answer

I will go down with this ship

How does an insecure person become a good manager? Is it possible? - [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Boss me around, please!

My manager is very hands-off and this is not going to change. How can I get better at managing myself, when I would prefer an environment with more direction and feedback? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2014 - 9 answers

I just got a promotion. Should I have gotten a larger raise?

I work for a local small business. I was just promoted from Assistant Store Manager to Store Manager. The raise that was proposed to me was less than I thought it would be. Is there a standard or accepted percentage? [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Mar 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Dealing with a micromanaging boss, grad student edition.

OK, I know this question has been asked in various permutations many times before, but of course my situation is different and special. I have a boss who is a serious micromanager and very indecisive on top of that. It's driving me crazy and I need advice on how to cope. I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences. [more inside]
posted by Grey_Area on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

Software job: Am I going to get fired? How to make it go best-ish-ly?

Do verbal warnings predict firing? What should I expect if I do get fired, and how do I make the best of it? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 25, 2013 - 29 answers

Was I slandered, or am I just paranoid?

I recently got the opportunity to apply for a cherry job that would have solved a lot of my current problems, but I seem to have blown it. I'm wondering if a bad employer reference might have done me in? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 6, 2013 - 26 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Bad to Worse

I asked for advice regarding a meeting I had coming up. Well, the meeting has come and gone and it wasn't good. I don't know what to do or think. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Oct 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Football Manager...Should I Buy? (Soccer Video Game)

Just wondering if I should invest my time/money into this game (having NO experience with it in the past). [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Oct 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Please don't ask me

How do I kindly decline my struggling-writer friends' numerous requests that I submit their screenplays to my agent, without causing any bad feelings or strife? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 45 answers

My employer wants me to lead a book club...for free

I work at a radio station. One of my managers attended a public radio networking event recently where people were bandying about the idea of book clubs for radio station listeners. Our top-level manager has decided that "we are definitely doing the book club thing." This is now my problem. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Aug 13, 2013 - 17 answers

How to deal with a distracted manager

Surprisingly Google doesn't show up much on this topic. How do you deal with a distracted manager who always seems to have 10,000 things at once? [more inside]
posted by glache on Jul 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Best practices for annual reviews and objective setting?

I've just begun my first corporate job after leaving academia, and I absolutely love it. It's now the end of the company's fiscal year, and I have to submit 2 things: a self-appraisal of my work thus far that will go into my annual review, and my objectives for the next 2 quarters. What are your best tips for this practice? How do I make sure I impress my managers? [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Jul 2, 2013 - 12 answers

One-on-one dinner with boss after meeting

My boss and I went to a meeting yesterday. He invited me for a bite afterwards and I initially said "no, not if you have other things to do". He said he didn't, so by mutual agreement we decided to. Ended up being a proper dinner, but it was just pasta at a bistro/restaurant type place where there were lots of other people. Did I do the right thing by not refusing outright? Here are the other facts: [more inside]
posted by glache on Jun 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Getting over a toxic boss in time for a new job

For the past year or so, I've been supervised by an especially moody and critical manager. Fortunately, my contract ended and I'm getting ready to start a new job at a different organization. How can I get over my grudges and feel confident in my new position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

On how to be the type of supervisor that doesn't drive people crazy

I'm going to be supervising people for the first time this summer. How can I do it well? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jun 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Please help me figure out this snowflake-looking career pickle.

I'm a manager in my field who, in moving to a new city, got into. Things were looking great, but unexpectedly the company shut down two weeks in. Now I'm looking for a managerial job again, and I need to know how to explain this. [more inside]
posted by drea on May 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Question title? I can't even think of my own title!

Hope me Hivemind, I need a title for my business card! [more inside]
posted by moons in june on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

Do I need a bookkeeper, an accountant or someone else???

I have come to the conclusion that I am bad with money, and I need help. The question is, who can provide me with the help I need. I've researched various professions online and have a hard time telling who would best suit my needs: a bookkeeper, an accountant, a financial counselor, a daily money manager, someone else entirely?? More than one of these?? [more inside]
posted by buddylove on Mar 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Saying "That won't be possible" isn't really possible

The question: Should I provide a lukewarm reference for my recently fired ex-manager to avoid awkwardness? Or should I tell him no, and if so, what is the code language to use? I can't say "Sorry, that won't be possible" for reasons outlined herein. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 40 answers

A manager I work with - not MY manager - is....odd.

I work closely with another team and their manager in my job. The manager has started some weird, what feel like, personal attacks on me. In case you want to skip the long explanation inside, basically the question is how to deal with a manager who is not my manager (but I am expected to work with anyway) and has a very abrasive style which is kind of offensive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 14 answers

End of the road...oh no, more road.

How do I stop sabotaging my own plans to leave a badly fitting job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2013 - 5 answers

10-year plans don't say what needs to be done tomorrow.

How can I better "manage my managers" who can only think in the long-term? They have lots of really great ideas which never go anywhere because they don't schedule people to work on them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 - 3 answers

It's Not Me, It's You

I'm asking this question because I can't really verbalize it as well as I'd like to since I'm trying to look at it from all perspectives. I've been under the management or oversight for a couple of total assholes this past year and a half. The first was the director of the graduate program I am on leave from, and the second is my current boss, a cafe owner. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 - 32 answers

fiance and product management

Financial modeling for product managers [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Dec 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Do you use Kanban for personal productivity?

Do you use Kanban as your personal productivity system? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Dec 26, 2012 - 4 answers

boss destroying morale

We like our jobs but toxic manager is gutting us. It feels awful because we can't perform to our full potential when she's around and feel like we have no career prospects. How can we help ourselves? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on Dec 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Do you have advice or books to recommend for a first-time manager?

Newbie Managerfilter: Do you have advice for a first-time manager? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Dec 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Preparing to be a manager?

Questions for my boss's boss about preparing to be a manager? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I ask my manager for connections for a new job in a new city without killing my chances for a promotion?

How do I ask my manager for connections for a new job in a new city without killing my chances for a promotion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

I want to be an awesome manager. What books should I be reading?

I want to be an awesome manager. What books should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Tips for managing while ADHD?

I have finally gotten myself promoted to manager -- sweet! I have ADHD -- crap! Have you been in this situation before? What worked for you? Help me figure out how to not just survive, but thrive! [more inside]
posted by roscopcoletrane on Sep 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Idiopathic delayed note syndrome

I supervise a person who has enormous difficulty finishing her case notes. My efforts to remediate her so far have been unsuccessful. How can I help her finish her work? [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Sep 12, 2012 - 39 answers

Is Motel Manager a Decent Job for Me Based on my Goals??

Through a friend I have been offered the opportunity to work at a "mom and pop" 60 bed motel that has a fitness center, pool, and serves meals. It averages decent ratings from guests. I'm up for the challenge but I'm no spring chicken. I lost a good paying position in the recession in 208 and subsequently had to drop out of a Ph.D program just before comps- and it looks like I won't be finishing that degree any time soon, because I currently work in a call center and can't even afford a car. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Sep 9, 2012 - 12 answers

what is a downthemall equivalent for safari

Mac osx 10.6. Sick of the spinning ball when I use firefox. Slowly moving to safari however I am married to some of the mozilla plugins. What is a downthemall equivalent for safari that is free? Thanks hive
posted by citybuddha on Aug 21, 2012 - 8 answers

Password manager for Windows and Android?

I'm looking for a password manager that will work seamlessly across multiple PCs and my Android phone. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon on Aug 21, 2012 - 14 answers

How open can/should I be with my boss/manager?

How open can/should I be with my boss/manager? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Aug 19, 2012 - 27 answers

Is an online MBA worth it?

I am thinking of pursuing an MBA in IT Management and have been accepted into an online program. But I've heard it said that if an MBA doesn't come from a top-25 or top-50 school, it may not even be worth having in the eyes of job recruiters and hiring managers. What's the real story? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 15, 2012 - 25 answers

Managing your boss

Managing your boss or her expectations [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Let's go do this life thing. Because I suck at titles.

Let's go do this life thing. Point the way and boot me up the nethers, mefites. [more inside]
posted by Fen on Apr 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it always tough at the top?

Does managing former peers make management harder or easier? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Apr 2, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I respond to professional praise?

My manager fairly frequently sends me email praising me for my work. I think I'm just doing my job. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 - 28 answers

What do I ask a person who's job it will be to tell me what to do?

I have the chance to interview people who are likely to be my manager. What should I ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 - 8 answers

It's choose-your-own-adventure management!

If things go my way, I may be a Team Lead for a group of remote analysts soon. But this position was basically invented to keep me around. There’s no job description and I don’t really know what I would be doing as the Team Lead. Help me figure out specific actions I can take to make myself useful in this job. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Feb 20, 2012 - 3 answers

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