Why the Male-Dominated Workplace Doesn’t Teach Employees to Problem Solve

There are days at work when I just want to yell “Leave me alone!! Do I have to solve everybody’s problems for them?! Can’t you guys solve problems yourself?” Twenty years ago, when I had fewer responsibilities, I liked solving problems, any one’s problems. I found it challengin

The Wisdom Of Playing Dumb

When I start a new project or a new job I like playing dumb. I pretend I know absolutely nothing about how to do my job. Is that shocking? It is so contrary to what we think we should do – we should always show our knowledge and that we know exactly what to do in any work situati

How to Use the Rachel Letter To End Swamp Wars

In the season 3 finale and the season 4 premier of Friends, Ross and Rachel decide to get back together. But Rachel has one condition – she writes Ross a long letter in which she describes everything that went wrong with the relationship and Ross has to accept full responsibility. R

Understanding Why Being A Manager Became So Important

There is a great divide between managers and the average worker which is once again gaining attention.  Have you ever wondered how this came about, why there is so much animosity between the two? The following is an explanation that I read nearly 25 years ago.  What I find so interest

How Men Are Taught To Solve Problems

From the example on the “Your Best Leverage” page, poor Bob has to build a wall but has no material.  There is a crisis!  And in the male workplace that is a cry for action!  But will the male approach really solve the crisis or just lead to new problems? Let’s look at how