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How can I be sure and confident before sending an email my tone is assertive and professional?

I worked at a highly segregated academic environment based on hierarchy. As a nonnative English speaker, how can I be more sure and confident about my tone is assertive and professional before sending ...
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New hire goes over my head to ask for work, how do I elegantly explain to her that she needs to chill?

I lead an oversized team, my manager (and his manager) insist on hiring new people, some right out of college and some decently experienced. Most of my team has nothing to do (without exaggeration!), ...
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Is it OK to be in an interview panel for a position senior than oneself particularly if that candidate originally interviewed you, few months back?

My manager was to be in an interview panel for selecting a person for a role senior to mine (I won't be reporting to). Since he could not make it I was requested to be on the panel which I obliged. It ...
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Properly delimit areas of expertise

I have been the lead developer of a startup (and I was promised the CTO position) for over six months. There are 6 people in it including me (another developer, the CFO, the COO, and two marketing ...
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Would moving in with an indirectly lower ranked coworker be conflict of interest? [closed]

I work in the office for a college department which handles both counseling (the psychiatric kind) and disability services. Technically, they should be two seperate departments and in the past were, ...
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Who is my authority on a project - my own manager, or the Project Manager?

Background: I am involved in a project, which has four people: Three people from my same team Me My manager Another person who outranks me, and who reports to my manager's manager. Another person ...
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How to raise red flags when you don't have much political capital yet?

I joined a company a few weeks ago. I'm a team manager responsible for several projects managed my PMs. One of them is sponsored by very senior stakeholders at my company. The stakeholders and my ...
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Why nobody wants to tell the boss he's made a mistake?

I'm not dealing with these situations myself, but I recalled a few cases I've seen happened over the years. I'm wondering why this happens and how should managers act to prevent this kind of issue. ...
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How to make clear to manager how things have gone?

EDIT: This is the second version of the question, question clarified I work in a company in a team, let's say A's team. There is also in the close group of workers, B, with whom I am working right ...
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Is Singapore a power distant culture?

I live in Europe. I got opportunities to work in Singapore, but I'm worried about the Asian power distant cultures. Here why: Last time I was traveling to Germany for seminars, there was some ...
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What is the difference between an acting and interim director?

I work for a "small" institute of the US government which is maybe five steps below a top level US agency (e.g., US department of agriculture, commence, defense, ...). Our director is leaving at the ...
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How can I know how much authority/decision making power etc I have as an employee?

(I feel a bit silly asking this as I'm several years into a professional career already, hence the throwaway account.) As an employee in a company, how can I know which decisions/courses of action ...
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Is sending LinkedIn invitation to top management team a good idea?

Recently I completed my internship at a firm and I was wondering whether it's a good idea to send invitation to connect on linkedIn to the top management including CEO? Or should I send request to ...
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What are the job titles for people, managing internal startups departments? [closed]

Many big corporations have internal innovation departments, startup departments etc. Basically, that's the place, where they create internal startups. It also could be intracorporate venture fund, ...
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Member of the board asks for admin access and wants non-compliant device on the network

I'm one of the many network operators at a corporation. One of the board members asks every time — when in her opinion changes are too slow — for admin access (credentials) so she can do it herself. ...
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Wrote a paper for work but my name was left off

I wrote the majority of a paper about a topic that I have special expertise in, along with several other people who are much more highly ranked than me. Two other people working on it left a lot of ...
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Boss and Boss's Boss have differing philosophies on code, I'm caught in crossfire

I am a developer working directly under Boss (hereafter B) but so communicate fairly frequently with Boss's Boss (hereafter BB). B and BB have differing philosophies when it comes to code, to the ...
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As a new staff member, would it be appropriate to correct a senior member of staff's capitalization and spacing of a commercial product's name?

Background I am an employee of a large (50,000+ employees) consultancy firm. I work in a smaller team with approximately 10 other people. I started working for this company, as a graduate, around 9 ...
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Dealing with people after a mishap spread by department head

Recently I broke our office kettle, and one of the department heads has spread the news turning me into a laughing stock. From time to time I encounter her in a meeting or update on my visa. I knew ...
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How do I work with a Task Coordinator who doesn't properly coordinate tasks?

I work in a small company (10-20 people) with little to no hierarchy. On my current project I'm working with a person whose job it is to distribute the tasks among us, and they make mistakes on a ...
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Should I give feedback to my manager's boss?

A few days ago, during contract renewal, company's boss asked my honest opinion about what is wrong in the project I'm working at. This wasn't a part of any review or feedback procedure, neither it ...
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CEO tells employees what they should do next, bypassing company hierarchy

I work as a software developer in a medium sized company. The CEO has some technical background and has a habit of walking around the development department and talking to the employees about their ...
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Workpace Hierarchy: Establishing respect with mature co-worker

I work as a programmer and have been lead developer on a new project at my company for some time. I haven't been given the official title of lead developer, but for this project it is a role I have ...
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How to handle a boss who doesn't accept disagreement [closed]

I'm currently working under a boss who cannot accept disagreement. When I say "No sorry, I disagree because [...], I think it would bring more value if [...]", he responds very aggressively, ...
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Does hierarchy really matter for communication in a small software team?

I have worked as project manager in small company where I managed about 20 people. I used to casually talk to everyone and share ideas with developers and their team leads. Recently, I joined a big ...
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What to do with the new boss -- middle manager added to hierarchy?

I usually report to the CEO on my daily work, and as such, I was also given large freedom and self initiatives. I am young and willing to devote all my energy to help this high tech profile company to ...