My first real job (schedule, hour, labor cost, boss) was like a bag boy with a chain store in Winter Park, Fla. I had worked before, cutting lawn etc. and thought I knew I was working hard. I remember asking my supervisor if it was against the company's policy to collapse on a job on the first day.
Although I knew exactly that I was practicing, I quickly learned that bagging groceries would not be my dream job. I'm one of the lucky ones. I have my dream job. Saying that I advise / speak, speak and write truly oversimplifies all I do but I can tell you this:
Although it's not really bad, it's the worst day to do what I do better than best The day does something else I've ever done. From my experience working with clients in hundreds of different jobs, here are three tips to be successful on the first day and all days, new job:
1. Learn from the person in position for you
OPE, Other people's experience, is a valuable resource to help you reduce the length of your curriculum in a new job. This is especially true when the man before you have done a good job. The good news here is that success almost always shows clues, paths that you can track and learn from. So, learn what your predecessor did to succeed. Some questions to follow are:
o How did they work?
o What were their unique gifts?
o What can you do the same?
o What can you do differently?
Another way to discover what the one who went for you did to succeed is simply asking them. Yes, that's right, ask them. Contrary to general opinion, it does not mean that you look like you do not know what you are doing. The fact is to make you look humble and wise enough to ask good questions. You must ask to receive. You do not have to reinvest the bike or make it up as you go. And it's not only what lets you teach and wear well enough to ask, but it also honors the other person.
2. Learn Everything You Can About What You Are Doing
I really admire how my great-grandmother makes a big deal. When he is ready to spend money, John becomes an expert in the field. He reads and researches all he can, asks a lot of experts and winds to make the best decision more often than not.
Be an enthusiastic and persistent student of what you are doing. I have been in private training for almost 20 years and in this field somehow for 27 years. I still want to be better than I was yesterday, partly because when I'm proud enough to believe I've seen everything, God sends me something unique to keep me humble. The other reason is that the older I get and the longer I have this, the more I realize how much it is that I do not know or even have an idea about it. The seasoned professional, craftsman or craftswoman, is always studying.
3. Do It Your Own
One best way to succeed in what effort is to do it your own. Put your own stamp on it. Barbara Glanz is the author of a care package for the workplace and professional speaker specializing in encouraging employees. She calls it to put your personal signature on your work.
Barbara tells the story of a young man called Johnny with Down's syndrome. Johnny served as a bag boy in a grocery store and was an audience when Barbara spoke at a meeting about the importance of putting your personal signature on your work. Johnny heard and ran the idea; He started giving up his own thought for the day and slammed a small sheet and put in one of the grocery shopping carts that went through his line. It was not long before the line was where Johnny was ordering back regularly because people wanted their thoughts that day.
I first heard this story almost 10 years ago. I understand Barbara and Ken Blanchard of "One Minute Manager" fame soon come out with a new book called "The Simple Truths of Service – Inspired by Johnny the Bagger." You can check it on http://www.barbaraglanz.com .
If Johnny Bagger with Down's syndrome can do that, what in the world is stopping you and me?