Before You Decorate the Condos You Have to Dig the Hole – Starting a New Role in Your Career

This is the first of two posts with the same title. The first one will deal with starting a new role in your career and the second one will deal with starting a new business.

When you are starting a new role, whether it is in the same organization or a new organization, you want to stop looking like a beginner and start looking like an expert immediately. You quickly bypass all of the important things that you need to know, step on all of the wrong toes and talk too much instead of asking the right questions and listening for the answers. This will guarantee that you will get in your own way, that others will surely block your way and that you will get increasingly angry, frustrated and discouraged. You finally realize that in order to succeed and decorate the condos, you must first dig the hole. When you dig the hole, you familiarize yourself with the members, workings, commitments and accountabilities of the new team in the same organization. If you are starting in both a new role and a new organization, you have to dig the hole by familiarizing yourself with the social, technical and operational culture and practices in this organization as well as the members, workings, commitments and accountabilities of the new team. If you are in management role, you are getting to know two teams: the management team and the team that reports to you.

Next, you have to lay the foundation which means that you start on the right foot and focus on what’s important to the organization and to the team. You show people who you really are: excellent, energetic, positive, productive, genuine, generous, committed, communicative, kind, knowledgeable, honourable, hard-working, trusting and trustworthy. The next step is to start building the condo where you build your reputation in the new role in the same organization or in the new role in another organization. You do this by being consistently reliable, responsible and remarkable. Then it’s time to decorate the condos. This means that you are recognized as a star performer and you share this recognition with your management team and your reporting team. Once you have finished decorating the condo, it’s time to decide whether you are going to live in it or you are going to sell it. This means that it’s time to think about the next step in your career, are you going to stay with this organization and move to the next level or are you going to move to the next level in another organization. These days, careers do not move in a straight line upward rather they are a series of zigs and zags. Remember in order to be successful in any new role, before you decorate the condo, you have to dig the hole.


About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 18 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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