The First 30 Days on a Job

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The first 30 days in a new job is stressful and it’s hard to be able to think quick and act even quicker.  I recently talked about some myths I always believed about corporate strategy jobs and ways to think about selecting a job.  What follows are thoughts on starting a new job off right:

The Fine Line Between Smart and Annoying

I always want to sound smart in initial meetings, however..I don’t want to be the guy who talks just to hear the sound of his own voice.  Here’s what has worked for me:

Try for Personal Introductions

If your to-do list says, “Ask Greg about ___”, it’s tempting to want to send Greg an email.  You’ll probably save a lot of time… but is it worth it?  I’ve always respected someone who talks to me in person or phone before an email.  Seems much more real.

Read Everything You Can

It’s hard reading what you don’t “have” to read.  But I’ve found great nuggets by absorbing as much as I could find.

Internal Materials – There are going to be a lot of “decks” forwarded to you to “bring you up to speed.”  However, I’m always amazed at what you can discover by clicking on every link on your corporate internet.  It’s a great way to learn the initiatives and acronyms of other functions and how those all fit together.

External Materials – Over-subscribing to content and then weeding it down to the best seems to work here.  Here’s what I try to do:

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Posted on April 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm by Ben Foster · Permalink
In: Career, Leadership and Management, Strategy · Tagged with: , , ,

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  1. Written by Chris Brooks
    on April 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm
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    Hi Ben,
    Great information and series. I really like the 15min rule. One thing I’ve found helpful is ask questions. Lots of them. Not questions like where is the best place to order take out, but questions framed in terms of profit and productivity the only thing most managers care about.

  2. Written by Chris Brooks
    on April 22, 2009 at 7:41 am
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    Hi Ben,
    Great information and series. I really like the 15min rule. One thing I’ve found helpful is ask questions. Lots of them. Not questions like where is the best place to order take out, but questions framed in terms of profit and productivity the only thing most managers care about.

  3. Written by Sevick
    on April 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm
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    Depending on the job, some good old fashioned hard-copy books or magazines can also help. I read a few current titles pertinent to my new job and stuck them on my desk at work. It was a good conversation topic for people who were stopping by to introduce themselves.

    Acronyms can DIAF.

  4. Written by Sevick
    on April 22, 2009 at 9:13 am
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    Depending on the job, some good old fashioned hard-copy books or magazines can also help. I read a few current titles pertinent to my new job and stuck them on my desk at work. It was a good conversation topic for people who were stopping by to introduce themselves.

    Acronyms can DIAF.

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