Thursday, December 18, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
5 Things to Remember in a New Job
As the economy improves, many people are starting new jobs and learning how to work for a new company and a new boss.
But what many don't realize is that your first few days on the job can set the tone for your time in that position, Complain about something on Day 1, and you may forever be labeled a whiner. Gossip about your old job in the first week and you may be seen as immature.
To avoid such damaging labels, let's look at ways you can perform with grace and professionalism in your new position, so you don't get a bad reputation that can hold you back.
1. Never badmouth a former employer. It may be tempting to spill the dirt to new co-workers or a new boss, but it always makes you look petty and rude. In addition, you don't know enough about your new surroundings, and the ex-boss who you trash talk may just be related to a new colleague.
2. Listen, listen, listen. You're going to have lots of questions when you start a new job, but don't start asking them until you've thoroughly heard what the other person has to say. Take notes on instructions regarding procedures, company policies, names, etc. This will show others that you're eager to learn, and will keep you from seeking information that was already provided to you.
3. Arrive early, stay late. This shows the boss that you're enthusiastic and committed to your new job and company.
4. Write down your questions. As I mentioned before, you're going to have lots of questions. But don't ask them every time they pop into your head, as your colleagues will grow weary of having their work interrupted so often with your queries. Instead, write them down and then ask a colleague or the boss to answer them when they've got 15 minutes to spare. (Never let more than a handful of questions pile up before you seek answers.)
5. Toe the line. This isn't the time to stretch your lunch hour past the allotted time, begin dressing drastically different than others in the office or start a petition to get beer in the break room. Your focus should be on showing that you're a team player, with respect for the policies and culture of an organization.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
What the Big Bang Theory Really Teaches Us
Monday, December 1, 2014
25 Business Cliches to Never Say Again
I just got back from my sister's farm in Oklahoma, and it was a wonderful break. I spent a lot of time with family, and just enjoying the peace and quiet of rural America. (But I didn't enjoy it as much as my sister's new bull, who had a really fun time with the lady cows.)
It was so nice to just talk with friends and family who didn't constantly pepper their conversations with "at the end of the day," "win-win" or "low-hanging fruit" that is part of the business jargon that is so overused these days.
So, in honor of my sister's new bull, let's declare theses cliches as the real bullsh**, and stop using them -- or at least try to cut back!
Here's my list, but feel free to offer your own suggestions:
1. Give 110%
3. Push the envelope
4. Anything that calls for 2.0 or 3.0
5. Paradigm shift
6. Bandwidth (unless you're actually talking about, you know, bandwidth)
7. In our wheelhouse
10. Drill down
12. No brainer
13. Reach out
14. Data point
17. Circle back
19. Boots on the ground
22. Loop in
23. It is what it is
24. Skin in the game
25. Thought leader