From the category archives:


Q: Last night, my department was taken out to dinner by a professional contact. I am new to the company, and have the role as Senior Manager of the department. One of my employees ordered many drinks, an appetizer, an expensive meal (which was only half eaten) and then was the only person at the […]


Respectfully Declining a Recurring Invitation

by Daniel Post Senning on May 16, 2013

Q: We have a new manager in my department that is attempting to bring back together a 12 person team that had lost its cohesiveness and concept of a ‘team’ effort during the 2-year reign of an incompetent manager that was terminated a few months ago. In the attempt to restore friendship amongst team members, […]


Finding the Right Gift

by Daniel Post Senning on May 6, 2013

Q: I am a student research assistant and I’ve worked with my professor for about a year and half on his book which he recently just published. I was wondering is their a traditional gift someone give to a scholarly person who has just published their first book? Where might I look to find such […]


Q: My company was invited to a corporate presentation recently. I sent an employee to represent my company and the presenting company offered various raffle prizes. While I was out of town, my employee was notified by the company that our/her entry had won, which another person told me prior to my return to the […]


Titular Turmoil: Names on business cards

by epi on April 22, 2013

Q: What is the proper way to display a doctor’s name on a business card? A: Titles, including Mr., Ms., Mrs., Miss, and Dr., are not used on business cards, although credentials may follow the name: Katherine Thompson, M.D. An exception is when the person has a name that could be either male or female […]


Q: My office supervisor gave a co-worker an office wedding shower in her supervisor’s home. I could not attend the shower but I did send a lovely gift. The entire office was invited to the wedding, which I could not attend either. My supervisor, after giving the shower, requested the entire office to donate $10.00 […]


Q: My husband just walked in on a company executive and a female employee, in a compromising position, on company property. The man has asked my husband not to talk of the event, but my husband is concerned for his career. He wonders if he should mention it to his boss as ‘insurance’ should this […]


Stair Affair: Who goes first?

by epi on April 8, 2013

Q: If two business people are walking up a staircase together and one is a man and one is a woman, who should proceed up the stairs first? A: Traditionally, a woman precedes a man, unless she needs the assistance of him going ahead and helping her. Generally, whoever gets there first, goes first.

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Q: There is a thirty-year-old woman in our architectural office who, on most days, has 3/4 of her body exposed. The areas can be her back, legs, and usually her midriff. She is very pretty but dresses in unattractive, sloppy, revealing, and provocative clothing. Often her underwear shows and she tugs at it. A number […]


Teacher Looks

by Dawn Stanyon on March 26, 2013

This post originally appeared on Dawn Stanyon’s professional fashion and personal branding blog Professionality. Her images, content and advice will be cross-posted here occasionally, enjoy! Whoever said teachers don’t look smart? I had a request from a terrific teacher: “Now that back to school shopping is in full swing can you post some ideas for […]