Practical Application: Helping Your Manager & Coworkers Succeed as a New Hire

Instructor: Scott Tuning

Scott has been a faculty member in higher education for over 10 years. He holds an MBA in Management, an MA in counseling, and an M.Div. in Academic Biblical Studies.

Individual success as an employee is often reliant on having great colleagues and supervisors. For this reason, it is in the best interest of any individual employee to make those around them as successful as possible.

Everyone Wins Together

No matter where you work, things can be competitive. Everyone wants to be valuable to their employer, and everyone wants to be thought of as the ''go-to'' person for their area of expertise. These feelings of personal ambition and excellence aren't negative in and of themselves, but it's important to remember that no one is successful alone. When your superiors, subordinates, and colleagues are all succeeding, you are succeeding as well.

Let's look at a common scenario where you apply what you know. Put yourself in the shoes of an employee named Casey and apply your knowledge.

Using a Sense of Team to Keep Everyone Successful

Casey was nervous, but in all fairness, who wouldn't be? Nearly a year ago, her boss of 8 years resigned. Shortly thereafter, Casey's company went in a new direction and she (you) decided it was time for a change. Casey found a new job quickly, but it did mean learning new people and new procedures. Like anyone would, Casey's first day came with some nervousness about impressions and attitudes. How should Casey proceed?

Using what you learned in the lesson Helping Your Manager and Co-Workers Succeed, consider some questions.

Questions to Consider

  • What should Casey focus on in her first days with the new company?
  • What represents the most significant challenge that Casey could face as she tries to succeed on a new team?

Casey begins to contemplate her options and prepare a strategy. For this list of things that Casey is considering doing, determine if her idea is likely to be positive, negative, or irrelevant (neither).


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