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Colleague, Mentor or Friend? How To Avoid Feeling Used

Published: September 2, 2021 | Last Updated: September 2, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading
Colleague, Mentor or Friend? How To Avoid Feeling Used

Whether you are a mentor or friend, you may need to set boundaries or you’ll wind up feeling used and depleted of energy.

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Can a mentor be a friend? Not always

Published: May 4, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I’m female in my early thirties and my female college mentor is in her mid-50s. When I was her student she invited me to her house to help me study. I thought it was kind of odd and crossing boundaries.

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When work and friendship are a volatile mix

Published: January 5, 2011 | Last Updated: November 25, 2013 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Work and friendship can sometimes turn out to be a bad mix.

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On losing a best friend – Friendship Day, August 2, 2009

Published: August 2, 2009 | Last Updated: August 13, 2009 By | 11 Replies Continue Reading

The connection between two friends is often indescribable. It just feels right whenever you are together. When I met Rita, I was an eleven-year-old awkward adolescent.  She was a poised, charming and strikingly attractive kindergarten teacher who chose me as the fifth-grade “monitor” to make sure that all the kids in her class stood in […]

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Reader Q & A: Escape from a toxic mentor

Published: December 27, 2008 | Last Updated: December 27, 2008 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene,   Never thought I’d write but… years ago, when I started my current career, I was befriended by an older woman. She and I bonded and have become very, very close over the years. In the past few years, though, I’ve started to think of her as "toxic" – she’s very negative […]

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Reader Q & A: [email protected]

Published: November 27, 2008 | Last Updated: November 27, 2008 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene: A friend and I are about to start different jobs at the same place of business. We’ll have different responsibilities and pay but will work on the same team so we will interact fairly often. This will not be a supervisory relationship but I’m anxious about it. I don’t want to risk […]

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