Alison Green on Difficult Conversations as a Kindness

How to work up the courage to have those tough conversations.

May 4, 2018 / Podcast # 18-05

Alison Green

After 11 years of writing the popular and informative Ask a Manager blog, Alison Green has seen it all, from dramatic exit interviews to the myriad ways our coworkers can get on our nerves. Throughout all the advice there seemed to be a common refrain: just talk about it. Now she’s written a book called Ask a Manager, filled with advice and scripts for how to deal with issues at work, from the mundane to the extreme.

We all tell ourselves stories to make sense of the world.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she answers readers’ questions daily on workplace and management issues, from what to say when you drank too much at a company party to what to do if you’re allergic to your boss’s perfume. Bravo TV called Alison “the Dear Abby of the work world,” and her work has been featured in USA Today, The Wall St. Journal, CBS News, ABC News, Glamour, Time, Inc., Money, and more. She also writes the “Ask a Boss” column for New York Magazine and is the author of Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work (Ballantine/Random House).