Category Archives: Jobs

In the Groove

In the GrooveI had dinner with a dear friend and inspiration tonight, Rick Loy.

He brought up what I think we’re all looking for. To paraphrase, Rick mentioned that finding professional satisfaction comes when you figure out what it is that you enjoy doing AND what you’re the best at, and you do it. The thing that makes you feel “in the groove,” that’s in your wheelhouse.

Can you be in the groove 100% of the time? No. But you can figure out ways to spend more of your time in the groove.

Write down the things that make your ticker tick, see if there are any commonalities among them, and then figure out how you can do more of it.

p.s., this actually can’t be reserved for just professional satisfaction, but just satisfaction. I only changed it due to the predominant content of this blog.

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12 Tips When Starting a New Job

Someone I worked with just made a move to a better opportunity at another company. I shared with her some tips that might help when starting a new job, and now I’m sharing them with you (minus anything that was specific to her). I haven’t exactly tested all of this, but I think they’re probably pretty good tips. I start my new job on Thursday, so I’ll obviously have to take my own advice soon and see if it actually works. Hope this can somewhat help some of you.

  1. Know what you’re the best at and keep doing it.
  2. The great thing about a new job is you can fix the things you want to improve about your professional life a lot quicker than at an old job. So, if there’s something about the way you work that you’ve always wanted to change, write it down and reinvent yourself as much or as little as you want. That’s part of the whole “growing opportunity” thing.
  3. Some companies have a way of making you feel like you need to ask permission for everything, especially if you started there young and then grew into a leadership position. Who knows how your new company will be, but chances are, people will expect you to take charge of what is yours to be in charge of. So be ready for it.
  4. In the same way, if you’ve been at a company a long time, you’ve developed lots of relationships, and people are probably pretty friendly with you – maybe too friendly. At your new company, people will probably be much more up-front with you, almost in an abrasive way (or at least it will seem like that) . I think that’s more the norm, so don’t let it catch you off-guard. Just act that way back to them.
  5. Speak up when you don’t understand something – you’ve got about a 3-month window where you have an excuse for not knowing something, so abuse it.
  6. Speak up when they aren’t living up to whatever they promised you before you were hired. If you overlook one of those promises, they might assume you’ll overlook all of them.
  7. Go out to lunch a lot at the beginning, just so you can forge relationships. More than anything, those relationships are what will determine if this job is a success or not.
  8. It’s a guarantee that you’re going to get overwhelmed with all the new stuff you’ve got coming at you in the first 3-6 months. Just expect it, and deal with it when it does. At least it won’t be a surprise.
  9. On a bad day, just remember you could still be working for {enter bad former boss’ name here}.
  10. There will probably be a lot of tech-talk going on that you’ve never heard before, but don’t worry about it. You’ll learn all of that super quick. What’s not so easy to learn is you’re ability to work with people, your skill at getting things done and your knowledge of how to solve problems. And that’s the edge you have over everyone else.
  11. I’m sure this job is gonna work out, but if it doesn’t, don’t worry about it. At the end of the day, it’s just a job, and if you need to go find another one, that’s a relatively easy thing to do. It’s gonna cross your mind over the next few months that you might’ve made a mistake – that’s what you think when you’re outside of your comfort zone. Just don’t let it stress you out. Press on, and either make it through ‘The Dip’, or decide that you need to go work somewhere else. Simple. Either way, you’re gonna grow, and that’s the whole point.
  12. You have countless intangible and inexpressible gifts. No matter what happens, you have to remember that you’re awesome at what you do, and that you will figure out any challenge you face.

Do you have any tips you’ve experienced when starting a new job?