Any tips for starting at a new company?

Hi

A start a new role soon at a new company in a mid-level Mgt position.  I come across pretty well with people but I would like to give a good first impression over the coming weeks to my new work colleagues.  Any tips?

Also it may be wise to get to know the key players best and get on their side.  Again any tips on this?

Kind regards

D

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Be Yourself!

theaccountantscoach | | Permalink

Sounds a little trite but you could do a lot worst than 'be yourself'!  I don't mean do nothing, but rather reflect on what got you the job; what qualities is this organisation investing in, what have they recognised in you that suggested you are the right person for this role?  Once you've identified them, these are the characteristics that you should bring to the fore - in your own individual way.

As for the key players: first you have to identify them. Think beyond just the immediate hierarchy and consider cross department, political players and sheer strength of characters.  Ask, observe and research.  Think about what you want to achieve from these relationships; how does it tie with your immediate and more strategic career plan?

Above all, take your cues from what's happening around you. What can you learn about the culture, politics and 'what counts here' from your new colleagues.  What are the winning behaviours, attitudes, qualities? Spend a little time up front, watching, learning, processing: then build your visibility.

dl's picture

Getting to know the key players...

dl | | Permalink

 Thanks for the advice!  I have been in the role a few months now and its going well. It's time to get to know those key senior players well now.  What do you think is the best way to do this? 

D

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Your Key Player Strategy

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Glad to hear you’re settled in now.  So on to Phase 2.
I’d re-iterate what I said before about first identifying the key players.  Assuming you’ve now done this, you need to get clear on what each of these individuals mean to you in terms of your own career aspirations.  What do you want to get out of the relationship?  How can they help you?  How does this move you forward?  It may be that some relationships are vital for the short-term but others have a much more strategic value.  Depending on your assessment you can consider some of the following ways to relationship building:
Get introduced – by your line manager and fellow team members.  Or consider taking the initiative and going for a self-introduction if that seems appropriate.
Let your reputation precede you! – excel in your current role and you will quickly get known within the organisation. 
Personal promotion – is vital to get you into the sights your chosen targets.  Having ‘a voice’ (eg writing articles), identifying and pursing common interests, as well as being able to articulate your own value, are all imperatives. 
Cross departmental working – on business projects and social endeavours
Mentoring – as mentor or mentee
Use Linked-in to help you with all of this.  If your organisation isn’t on Linked-in – then seize the opportunity to be the one who sets up a dedicated group. 
 

dl's picture

Linked in

dl | | Permalink

Thank you, very useful comments.

Your point about linkedin is interesting. I am a member but did not know it could be used for a company. What benefits would the group offer employees? What kind of content should be uploaded?

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Another Dimension to Linked-In

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As a Linked-in member myself, I've joined a number of groups: Ernst & Young, EY alumni, my local society of CAs, to name a few. I find them useful to keep track of what's happening on the various agendas, publicising events and tracking down my older connections.

I'd recommend you access Linked-in's 'help' facility to learn more about groups and then do some browsing to see how they are used in practise.

But in a nutshell, a Linked-in group will help you with the key actions I mentioed in 'Your Key Player Strategey' - introductions, visibility and cross departmental collaboration. Off the top of my head here are a few thoughts on how you might use your group:

  • Circulate information - links of interest to colleagues (industry, business in general, even entertainment) and publicise events - professional and social
  • Post a question.  Start a discussion. Just like we are doing now!
  • Look up someone's profile - if you start up the group you will consolidate profiles of existing members but you will also increase the number of your fellow employees who have a presence on Linked-In.  Hence more valuable, accessible information on their backgrounds and interests. 

Please do let us know how you get on.

 

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