The Lori Dernavich Blog

Let’s face it: there are thorny moments in the world of work.

It’s hard to talk about them, let alone know what to do. This blog was created to give you tactical advice to navigate difficult work situations, drawing from personal experiences and coaching work with clients. From time to time, guest authors and co-authors will join us and share their experiences and expertise too.

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When You Can’t Bring Yourself to Terminate an Employee

Here we go again. You’re listening to yet another employee gripe about Joe. It’s become a pattern. Surely Joe can tell that his co-workers are avoiding him. Maybe it’s a bad cultural fit — you noticed that he’s barely doing the minimum these days. He keeps making mistakes, and you can’t trust his work anymore. […]


When Your Manager Storms Out of a Meeting

This is it: you’re finally in the room with your manager and senior leaders, presenting on a critical initiative you’re working on. You are sharing a recommendation that is controversial, but you believe is right. Things are tense. People are on edge. Stakes are high. The manager’s face is getting red. Before you know it, the […]