Author Archives: Jim Ryan

Why We Should Stop Judging Our Coworkers

People have been judging each other at work since we were prehistoric hunters. Cave Dude 1 – “What was up with Grog today?” Cave Dude 2 – “Yeah no kidding, he was all up in our faces all day telling … Continue reading

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How to Start a New Job

Over the years, I have had the chance to work with a lot of new employees on their first day. I coordinate new employee orientation so I have witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some just nail it. … Continue reading

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Maximize Your One-on-One Supervision Meeting

If you’re lucky to get one-on-one meetings with your boss, you need to treat this time as if it was treasure. Even if your boss is not a treasure, this is time when you have his or her full attention. … Continue reading

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A New Way to Manage Your Worries

So your boss sends you an email asking: “Do you have time this afternoon to chat?” If, in this scenario you simply reply and say “sure,” and aren’t worried about what she wants to talk about, you can probably stop reading this post. If you reply … Continue reading

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How to Handle an Angry Coworker

Not too long ago, a fellow coworker was having issues with some software and was struggling with it. I was responsible for implementing the software, so when he reached his breaking point he lashed out at me. It was hard … Continue reading

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Dealing with Overwhelming Emotions

We all have moments when our emotions run wild.  For example, when we get really bad news, or have a major conflict with a coworker or even something as relatively minor as losing that document we spent 3 hours working … Continue reading

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Let go of the Entitlement and be a Rocking Employee

My first job was at a summer camp. I was a counselor for boys aged 6 to 12. A week before camp opened, we counselors had to show up to get the camp ready.  After the first day, one of … Continue reading

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Don’t Toast Your Staff! Make a Reprimand Sandwich.

Got to give some one tough feedback? Here’s a strategy for you: it’s called “The Reprimand Sandwich.”  I got this idea from John Felkins , an Entreleadership Coach for Dave Ramsey.  Felkins mentioned this in Entreleadership’s monthly podcast.  He says that … Continue reading

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How to Deal with Mean People at Work

Mean people stink. Mean people at work are a nightmare. Having to deal with them five days a week can ruin your job. I once worked with a woman who was meaner than mean. She (let’s just call her Lizzie) could take … Continue reading

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Best Method Ever to Motivate People

Think about a time when someone went out of their way to tell you about how great you are. Even better was when they told someone else, right?  Maybe it was an email from a coworker and your boss was … Continue reading

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