I left my prior employer at the end of June to accept this new role – VP of Marketing at Business Training Library (www.bizlibrary.com – and stay tuned for the launch of our new web site soon!) As I am preparing to start my new job and move my career in yet another direction, I thought I’d record how these first weeks go and what I’ve been doing to get ready to step into this role and be productive right away. So – for what it’s worth, here are my tips for success in a new job.
- Research. I am spending a lot of time reading and researching in two distinct areas that look like they will be critical to my success – or not – in this role. First, I am reading as much material as I can on marketing practices and best practices in the current web 2.0 world we inhabit. Second, I’m reading as much material and information as I can absorb on the e-learning, training and LMS worlds.
- Communicating & connecting. I’m stepping into a really exciting and cool role, so that’s really great. But – I am also going to be the new “kid” on the block on the leadership team. So I am working hard now to establish the foundations for effective working relationships with my peers and members of the team I will lead.
- Paying attention to myself. I am working out more and eating better than I was in the final several months of my prior job. Frankly, I didn’t even realize just how fired and burned out I’d gotten until I left. I needed the time away to decompress and reenergize myself. So I’ve tried to use this time wisely to prepare my mind but also to get my energy level elevated a bit and just feel better generally.
- Preparing to listen. This may be the single most important part of my on going preparation efforts.
I may fall flat on my can in my new role. I don’t think I’m going to do that, but it’s certainly no sure thing that I am going to succeed. The second fact I am confronting is that this new role is an amazing gift and great career opportunity. I am determined to make the most of it. But rather than leaving my success up to chance, hard work and a little luck, I am trying to get my mind and body wrapped around the things I need to do to make a positive impact.
Which gets me to my last point for and tip #4 above. I have a tendency to fire, shoot and THEN aim. Big mistake in a new role, and I know that. I am making a lengthy list of the things I DON’T know going into this new organization and new leadership team. And trust me – I know a whole lot LESS than I do know. I am getting prepared to listen and learn – a lot. My peers and my team know a ton more about what they’re doing than me, and I have to make sure I foster relationships that will lead to their willingness to help me by sharing what they know and reducing – hopefully at a rapid rate – my level of ignorance about the organization.
Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how my first few weeks go.