Never Stop Being a New Employee

I’ve been working at the same company for 4 years. So why did I sit in on an orientation presentation series meant for recently hired employees?

You pick up on a lot of things here and there from a long time working with a group. But even so I still learned a lot today, and I heard background and rich context and inspiring goals and interesting perspectives from our department heads that I might have missed if I hadn’t gone. I learned budget details, founding (and ongoing) sources of inspiration, and how some departments planned to reshape and grow – all from sitting in on a meeting that on paper was not designed for me as an “old-timer” employee.

This supports the idea that you should never stop acting with the curiosity of a new employee.

Assuming you’re doing your job well, your company has both the bandwidth to expand and  a track record of expanding. An inevitable result of expansion is change.

If growth happens fast enough, a company can start to see changes which in a few months can make it seem an entirely different place. Imagine a company going from 10 to 100 people in 4 months. For a company to manage that kind of jump, it needs people who can manage the jump. Keeping the mindset that nothing is too basic to relearn goes a long way.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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