Starting A New Job - Seeking good advice for me as I walk in the door

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GMANN

#1
I have accepted a postition with a company as Director of Continuous Improvement and was just curious if anyone has any good advice for me as I walk in the door? I have been with my current company for 10+ years so it has been awhile since I had to do this.
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RosieA

#2
Hey G,

I've changed jobs 3 times since 2000....gotta love outsourcing. Here's my comments:

1. If you will have a staff, meet with them one at a time and let them tell you about their jobs, what they like and don't like, and how you can help them.

2. Listen a lot. Sometimes when you're new you want to jump in and prove yourself, but you're best off taking it slow for the first 3-6 months and you have a good overview of the organization.

3. Meet with department managers and have the same sort of conversation with them that you have with your staff.

4. Invite yourself into any problem solving stuff that's going on. It'll help you assimilate and give you an idea how your new company approaches problem resolution.

5. Smile a lot, even if it's tough because you feel like a fish out of water. People are drawn in by friendliness.

6. Get a big bag of candy from Sam's Club and display it prominently in or near your office to draw folks in.

Good luck! It's always awkward at first, but hang in there!
 

Wes Bucey

Prophet of Profit
#3
In my opinion, the primary task is to balance the mandate given you by the folks who hired you with the expectations of the staff and colleagues with whom you'll be working.

I presume you know enough about "continual improvement" (my preferred term instead of "continuous") that you don't need tips on that. If you do, tell us! Be sure to use the search function here in the Cove to see what some of us have said about your field and feel free to resurrect any of the old threads to revisit the topic. We are always eager to learn from others.

Be friendly with everyone - do not get sucked into cliques or rumormongering until you have a really good feel for the situation and the motives behind anyone seeking to create an "us vs. them" atmosphere.

RosieA has some terrific tips in her post; keep them in a "cheat sheet" in your top drawer!

Welcome to the Cove and congratulations on your first post!:bigwave:
 
T

tracey

#7
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Thanks for the chuckle Randy....I needed it after that depressing basketball game last nite.....
 
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