3 Questions to Keep You Focused in a New Job

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Your first few months in a job have a major impact on whether you succeed. Many people have trouble deciding where to focus their energy early on, so use three questions to guide you.

  • “How will I create value?” Know what is expected of you, by when, and how your progress will be assessed. Consider the interests of all stakeholders (not just your boss), and keep in mind that the answer to the question may shift over time.
  • “Whose support is critical?” The company has a political landscape — learn to navigate it. Learn who has power and influence, and then build alliances with them. If you can help them accomplish their goals, they may return the favor later on.
  • “What skills do I need?” The abilities that got you the job may not be the same ones you need now. The sooner you understand what you should acquire and develop, the better.

Adapted from “5 Questions to Ask When Starting a New Job,” by Michael D. Watkins

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