Stepping into a new role, in a new place, in a new city, is always a daunting prospect.
Even more so, when one doesn’t have a plan for where to even start.
Fortunately, I’ve bounced around enough, to have crafted a standard approach to getting up to speed quickly and efficiently, and becoming productive immediately upon hitting the ground in a new engagement, project, or position.
My approach centers around three Cs: Constructs, Culture, and Conversations.
The first thing I do in any new engagement is understand all the systems involved, the Constructs, if you will, of the project. This includes everything from understanding accounting systems, the budgeting process, identification of funding sources, and the underlying infrastructure in place to support the enterprise. This is foundational to getting off to a solid, fast start.
Next, I try and suss out the Culture that drives the motivation, purpose, and goals…
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