Employees at startup Felix
Taking a new job can be exciting, but also a bit nerve-wracking.
You want to do well, stand out, but also be a team player.
Back in 1995, Times Mirror Company President Al Casey shared some thoughts on what to do and what not to do after you take a new job.
Ex-Googler and venture capitalist Hunter Walk, who got to know Casey a few years before he passed away, dug up Casey's "do's and don'ts" and r epublished it on Scribd .
"His advice was timeless and he dispensed it generally," Walk writes on LinkedIn .
Here's the list, in no particular order.
- If you want to get ahead in this world become a highly-concerned observer of the passing scene.
- LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN — don't try to show off your knowledge it will become known as you use it — if your mouth is open you are not learning.
- Mentally challenge everything — not vocally — particularly the assumptions that are built into the situation.
- Really listen to your peers — get them to like you — they are your best resource.
- Do all possible to help your boss raise his/her status.
- Develop a business plan for every assignment you are given — allocate your time and resources — develop calendar checkpoints.
- Your availability is your most important asset — it should be directed up, down and sideways.
- Work at giving the perception and the fact that you are aware of the feelings and goals of others.
- On entering a new situation, get an organization chart of your department showing names and responsibilities of your peers — walk the halls and let others see you.
- Ask for help and show that you appreciate it, it is the best way to make friends.
- Do not try to impress others by relating your education, travels, or accomplishments — they will all become known in due time.
- Do what you say you will do — if you can't, let that be known.
- Your first assignment is to become a part of the team and not its leader.
- Be early and stay late — do not plan any social luncheons for the first six months.
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