Q&A (5) : My work colleague won’t stop moaning about being single.

Dear Naked Hedgehog,

I was wondering if you could help me? I work in an all-female office and one of my colleagues seems to be in a very bad way. All she talks about is how depressed she is because she doesn't have a man in her life. It's hard on the rest of us in the office as it's affecting her work and the way she talks to people. I'm pretty happy on my own but I am struggling with her constant talk of what a failure women are without a man by their side. I would love to help her to discover her own self-worth as an individual and I would also like to give her some practical information on how to find a partner. I’d appreciate any advice on how I could do that.

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Q&A (4) : How many people can you really be authentic with?

Dear Sarah,

I lead around 30 people. Obviously I have my own workload which keeps me very busy but recognise the importance of taking time to build relationships. How do I get that balance? If I spend lots of time building relationships then I have no time to do my own work.  Is it possible to have authentic relationships with everyone? How do I make even a brief interaction in the day more authentic?

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Q&A (3) : How can I be authentic when work gets stressful?

Dear Sarah,

I have a question about leading authentically.

I manage three services within children's services, although my job description states I'm only employed to manage one. This is the result of pressures of a culture in which more for less is the norm.  I'm committed to doing a safe, thorough job, but feel increasingly resentful at the pressures placed on me.

I would love to know your thoughts on how to lead authentically, whilst managing staff and picking up issues that are stressful to manage?

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