Time to Rehire Yourself?
While we were researching a recent blog post about the marketing company HubSpot and its intensive focus on developing a highly productive corporate culture, one of us came across a related post on LinkedIn by the CTO of HubSpot, Darmesh Shah, which deserved a little attention of its own:
This is very compelling, because everyone starts a new job with a head of steam, full of energy and ready to contribute at a high level. Most people quickly lose that head of steam, and end up cruising along with the pack, as Shah says “where every day feels the same and your new job quickly seems just like the old job.”
How do you avoid that sub-optimizing trap? It’s all up to you.
We will summarize Mr. Shah’s points and add our own take, as we always do!
NOTE: If you are a seasoned employee, you can benefit from these ideas, too. Simply embed the mindset that you have just been hired, and think about how your job and your work environment look to a new hire. What would you see? What action would you take to improve things? Think about the following advice with that in mind:
1. Pretend you are still interviewing for the job for the first six months. Work hard to prove that your skill set and leadership are worth keeping and developing.
2. Start a project that leverages your experience to solve issues in your new organization. Involve peers in the work, especially those who may benefit from the result.
3. Embed the mindset that you are “here to help.” That means helping everyone:
- Work on your boss’ challenges without waiting for a direct invitation.
- Volunteer to join a work team with a big project that is struggling.
- Seek help from others, then offer help to those same people immediately thereafter.
4. Take action without prompting. Seek areas that could benefit from new thinking, and focus your personal projects on those areas of opportunity.
As Shah says:
“You don’t have to wait to be asked. You don’t have to wait to be assigned. Pick a side project where, if you fail, there’s no harm and no foul, and take your shot. You never know how it will turn out… and what it will do for your career.”
Some of you would say that this is not ground-breaking stuff, yet too many employees fall into a cruising rhythm and lose that “head of steam.” So covering this topic seems like it still has a great deal of utility. In fact, we talk about it regularly.
When you get to work tomorrow, rehire yourself and assess your situation as a new employee would, especially one with a skill set like yours. What project would you start first?
Let us know what you figure out!