February 2, 2005
Use your eyes and ears when starting
I have recently accepted a significant business promotion,
in another state, with a new company. What is the most
effective way for me to get started, with my new team,
quickly and effectively?
You wouldn't have gotten the job unless you'd developed
a strong and successful track record and were effective
in selling yourself. Organizations do not move people
across the country unless they possess credentials, capacity,
motivation and communications skills.
You can manage your successful assimilation into this
new company around seven purposeful and constructive
- Listen to those who know the ground rules, the issues
and the history of the organization you've chosen to
join. It's true that others seldom care how much you
know until they know how much you care. Take the time
to listen to the stories of those who have worked in
your new organizations.
- Ask for help from new colleagues, in a whole variety
of legitimate ways. Thanking those who guide your orientation
will make them your partners in the assimilation process.
- Observe, with appreciation, how tasks are accomplished,
how decisions are made and communicated. Watch behavior
and customs carefully. Seek understanding first. Learn
the traditions. Find out the reasons for celebrations
that may not be obvious when first encountered.
- Acknowledge that you're eager to learn about your
new environment and will very much appreciate input,
including timely and forthright feedback -- especially
in areas where you're making mistakes.
- Wait for the real "hiring moment" to happen.
Appointing individuals to positions is the work of
managers, executives and boards of directors. However,
getting hired is what happens when those around you
decide that you are worthy of their trust, respect
- Exhibit integrity-centered behaviors by modeling
character, honesty, openness, authority, partnership,
performance, charity and graciousness.
- Avoid lamenting about relocation challenges, including
corporate policies that require certain personal adjustments.
Solve your own personal "moving problems" including
securing all utility hook-ups, relying upon your Realtor
or other professionals outside of your company. One
possible exception, and this is a judgment call, would
be the person who selected you. This person is likely
to be highly motivated to help you be successful.
Everyone else wants to work with you to increase their
own personal and organizational productivity, and their
impact upon you. Seek their help on company-related issues.
Now that you've accepted your new job, you're expected
to assimilate, personally and professionally, with enthusiasm,
efficiency and integrity. In a word, Listen, listen, listen.
You won't get a second chance to make a first impression.