Most people know that landing a new job or getting a promotion is hard, but did you realize that succeeding in a new position can be even tougher?
A story in National Business Employment Weekly, August 25, titled "Starting Out Right" is worth reading. Excerpts: "Before you start in a new position, review relevant company information such as mission statements, strategic plans, organizational charts, etc. . . . Identify who you'll be dealing with on a regular basis . . . Talk with your boss . . . Get to know your staff; interview each subordinate . . . Meet customers; ask them what is and isn't working well and solicit suggestions for improvements . . . Cultivate peer relationships; take low-key but systematic approach to developing friendships with co-workers."
SEPTEMBER SONGS: "Reward your boss with a sincere compliment or note of appreciation when he/she has done something outstanding, like closing a major sale." (Winning Office Politics by Andrew DuBrin) . . . "Career-plateaued people are prime candidates for demotion, layoff or early retirement. Common characteristics: poor attitude, poor performance, complacency, resistance to change, etc." (Goodrich & Sherwood, outplacement consultants) . . . Hurrying to work, do you skip breakfast? "No-breakfast/heart attack connection: skipping breakfast increases platelet activity by 2 1/2 times of those who eat breakfast, a factor responsible for blood clotting, strokes and heart attacks." (Newfoundland Memorial Hospital study).