I started a new job at a much smaller company at the end of November. In many ways, it’s like a new frontier. Wide-open, untouched space, waiting for someone to come and build.
It’s exciting. It’s challenging. Part of the mystery is just working in the unknown void.
Not only do I have to build reporting, analytical tools and dashboards from data I don’t even know exists, but the biggest challenge is not knowing what I don’t know. These are the blind spots, areas that no one has investigated or discovered yet.
As with any organization, particularly the one I just left, there’s some trust and rapport that you need to build with partners and teams outside of yours when you start. My boss described it perfectly in that when he first started earlier in the year, it took him forever to convince some partners that he’s not on the Audit team or trying to uncover anyone’s dirty laundry. He’s just trying to get a lay of the land and minimize duplication of effort.
What’s interesting too is seeing how territorial some people can get about their space, and this was a huge roadblock at my last company. Some people need to be seen. They need the recognition or gold star. They want all of the senior leadership to know when something came from their computer.
I told my boss that long ago in my career, I basically took on the attitude that as long as he knew my work and my contribution, I didn’t care if anyone else in the company did. If it’s good for the company and the customer, I’m on board. You can have the credit. Let’s just get it done.
I think that change in attitude comes with age and experience. I certainly remember being the former in the early days of my career, trying to build a name and reputation for myself. So I get it when I come across a younger version of me.
But again, it all goes back to Colossians 3:23-24. I don’t serve earthly masters. I labor for Christ.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.