Tag Archives: Co Workers

ASK JASON ANYTHING: How can I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer.

TODAY’S QUESTION:

How can I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?

How do I effectively communicate my ideas without the ideas pushed aside? How do I deal with my knowledge being questioned, my directions and suggestions being ignored, and things going on behind my back?

I’m going to dive right in with the blunt response:

You can’t.

If the question had been, “How can I best work with co-workers I don’t trust”, or, “How can I most effectively work with co-workers I don’t trust”, I’d have some wiggle room. I could talk up the potential while downplaying the limitations, but the question was:

“How do I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?”

And the short answer is you can’t. Read More →

SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT: The best YouTube video I’ve ever seen.

Each Saturday, Jason spotlights one product or service or work of art he finds particularly amazing; the kinds of things that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have this?” (Read more at www. jasonrpeters.com.)

For the most part, I can’t stand YouTube. It’s like the worst aspects of television and the internet mixed into one, only without the benefit of real content like full-length television shows or movies.

That said, I do delve into the content wasteland for a few reasons. It’s a great place to learn intricate bossfights for World of Warcraft, for instance, so you don’t look an idiot when you first arrive. (#1 rule: Don’t stand in the fire.)

Beyond that, if a friend or relative recommends a video, I will grudgingly have a look. But only once have I ever been thrilled instead of annoyed by the time I actually watched the video.

This video by Sam Tsui was recommended to me by my wife, and I loved it.

Sam is a music student at Yale, and this is a video of him accompanying himself in a six-part a capella arrangement of a Michael Jackson medley. Read More →

Website Launches

Champagne ToastHappy New Year!  2009 is in full swing; vacation’s over.

Have you made any resolutions? I don’t normally (who keeps em, right?) but this year is an exception.

I’ve resolved to maintain a website for showcasing my writing, as many authors do. Primarily I’ve been inspired by this by Brandon Sanderson who not only keeps a blog, but publicly reports progress for his current projects.

My purpose for emulating him is two-fold:

Primarily, I intend to keep myself honest, motivated, and focused. If my blog is publicly tracked by my parents, friends, co-workers, and my wife, then I can hardly shrug off inquiries about my latest projects per the usual procrastination. They’ll know if I’ve been writing. And (hopefully) they’ll pester me for the completion of interesting projects.

Secondarily, every writer needs an audience. I find I’m most motivated to finish a story when I picture printing the hardcopy and handing it out, or emailing it to the few readers I have already. A website automates that process. My mind’s eye constantly pictures the website’s readers, even if they’re only immediate family, as people for whom I am writing. This encourages me to take the stage with gusto.

Welcome to Jason R. Peters dot-com. I hope you enjoy my work.