Learning to Succeed In A New Job


Thanks to everyone who gave me advice on this. What follows is a combination of their tips and some things that I have observed. Hope it's helpful to you as well:

I. Personality
  • Humble
  • Nice
  • Positive
  • Team player
  • Authentic
  • Diplomatic
  • Talk judiciously
  • Curious
II. Community
  • Commit to adding more value than you subtract
  • Use Myers-Briggs to understand how people and groups think/operate
  • Pretend you’re an anthropologist
  • Don’t hesitate to use astrology to better understand personality type
  • Learn the unwritten rules - remember, little things are big
  • Reach out to introduce yourself; meet someone new each day
  • Learn about the communities that exist, not just the individuals
  • Study how people communicate with one another
  • Learn the rituals and traditions
  • Learn the acronyms, history, and subject matter
  • Shared office food, coffee breaks, and lunches are icebreakers
III. Image
  • Be thoughtful about the first impression you make
  • Clothing
  • Cosmetics/grooming
  • Office decor
  • Mannerisms, body language
  • Tone of voice
  • Smiling or not smiling (depends where you are)
  • Time to get in shape
IV. Workstyle
  • Everything you do is oriented to enhancing the image of your supervisor
  • Learn expectations, adjust continually, and conform to those through CRM: Who is your CUSTOMER (or customers)? Engage in continuing conversations - what do they want from the RELATIONSHIP? How will you MANAGE it? - see The Relationship-Based Enterprise)
  • Think marathon not sprint - work/life balance is critical
  • Stay in your lane - but learn what it really is - it is likely different than you think
V. Health
  • Locate sources of support externally
  • Network internally and find mentors who are generous enough to be supportive
  • Get out from your desk space - walk and exercise
  • Eat well, and thoughtfully 
Above all the most important thing to me is spiritual well-being. Serve your Creator and be grateful for everything.

Good luck!

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Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal is an author, independent brand researcher, and adjunct marketing professor with 20 years of varied experience. An avid researcher and prolific, creative writer, Dr. Blumenthal's interests span communication, marketing, qualitative media content analysis, political rhetoric, propaganda, leadership, management, organizational development, and more. An engaged citizen, she has for several years worked to raise awareness around child sex trafficking and the dangers of corruption at @drdannielle on Twitter. You can find her articles at Medium, www.AllThingsBrand.com and www.DannielleBlumenthal.com, and she frequently answers questions on Quora. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own.