A series of short articles on everything, from practical ways of getting things done, to how to handle your feelings and find peace in a hectic world.

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Are You A Perfectionist?

Last week, when I looked through 'How to handle your boss' I spotted a mistake. When I was telling the story of the consultant ENT surgeon I picked a pseudonym, naturally, and later I decided to change it. What I hadn't realised was that I had used the name twice and I failed to change it the second time it appeared. The result was two different names. Damn! I confess that I was cross with myself - I like to make sure that there are no mistakes. But I got over it and I thought that you would probably forgive me for it. When somebody pointed it out to me, a few days later, I had another little flurry of annoyance with myself, but again, it passed. The word 'perfection' has a positive sp

22. How to Handle Your Boss

Have you ever worked for a difficult boss? If not, you're extremely lucky - I suspect there are very few people who go through life without working for at least one person that has driven them, if not crazy, then out of a job. Looking back over the years of my working life I can think of a few. This week's tip is about how to cope with a difficult boss, but the principles may also be helpful for dealing with 'normal' bosses and anyone you find difficult or intimidating. Very many thanks to all of you who responded to my plea for comments, your thoughts were reassuring and helpful, and I shall be working on your suggestions in the autumn. When I first saw Jill Walker's book, Is You

21. The More Things Change...

'May you live in interesting times' Ancient Chinese curse If you work in the NHS you may still be reeling from the news that the government is planning to abolish your organisation. I was certainly surprised myself by the sheer scale of transformation planned in this particular NHS reorganisation - so the subject of change seemed an obvious one this week. But first I'd like to ask you a favour. In September it'll be a year since I started writing these tips and I've been very grateful for the feedback that I've had from many of you. I aim to vary the content between the psychological a