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111 Key Principles for Success

Principle 14 - New Boss = New Job (NB=NJ)

New Jobs are interesting. They bring out new energy, new habits and new possibilities. Most people will act differently at their new job than if they were at the job for five years.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

If you've been at a job for a long time, you are running on habit.

But a new job is different. It's a new location, new people, new desk, new language. Everything is new.

If you get a new boss, watch out. She didn't hire you. She doesn't know your skills. But the new boss might want to bring in people they've worked with before. There are risks here. But the best wisdom I can give you is that a New Boss = New Job. (NB=NJ).

Don't be complacent just because the job isn't new. Treat this boss like you have a new job.

The most important thing about a new job is setting up a good confirmation bias.

So when the new boss says "jump," you say "how high."  Your new boss will have an opinion of you just based on your appearance. Are you a friend or foe? You also need to listen closely to the language he or she uses.

The problem is if you have some bad habits at your current job they won't go away just because you have a new boss.

I've recently instituted a leave by 4:30 PM policy on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but will I be able to do it with a new boss?

When I started my current job, I tried not to do anything that would look weird, like making bulletproof coffee for example.

But the new boss has much more to lose than to gain. I got a new boss yesterday. Today I'll meet him for the first time on Cisco Telepresence. One strange thing about my new boss is that he has a lower title than someone who works for him. I'm wondering if the record is wrong. It says that he's a VP and someone who works for him is an SVP. The fact is that this makes the possibility of me getting a promotion much less.

It will be interesting to watch and track what happens for my own future if I want to walk into a new situation.

The new boss has a big obstacle in front of him. He has to learn a lot of new things that are difficult and time consuming to pick up.

It is a problem when you get a new boss at your current job. If you got a new job then you have the following advantages:
  • You were hired by the new boss
  • He or she picked you, so they'll have a positive confirmation bias towards you
  • You will behave like its a new job (i.e. on your best behavior)
  • Almost everything is new so you'll see things others don't see
  • You'll be excited to make a good first impression
  • As long as the new job isn't a step-down, you'll want to perform well

When you get a new boss you face the following issues:
  • You've developed habits that might look bad (ex. surfing the internet, getting in late, leaving early, etc.)
  • He or she might want to hire people he's worked with
  • He might get information about you that sets his confirmation bias

I have a new boss. I work in NYC and he works in a southern state.

He was hired without my input which tells me something. My opinion is not important so I'm not important to my boss.

He is the Alpha-Male. I wonder why I didn't get this job? Was I even up for consideration? One roadblock was a co-worker that has a higher title, a larger office, than me and gets more respect.

I don't like authority and no one likes Deprival Super Reaction Syndrome (DSRS), which is possible I will get.

Some of the emotions I'm feeling are:
  • Fairness
  • Jealousy
  • Anger

Change is hard but could be better.

I have a series of habits and what are some of the things the new boss can bring from an optimistic point of view:
  • I know about confirmation biases and can work to prevent it
  • He might love Excel
  • He might make what I do more visible so I get credit
  • He might be a hands-off manager but help with stuff I can't do well
  • He might be a fun guy to work with and make the job more enjoyable
  • I don't like the current boss that much
  • He can help resolve the issues that are important to me
  • I'll get more appreciation

Some questions I have for him are:
  • What kind of communication style does he use?
  • What are his interests?
  • Is he a talker or listener?
  • What NLP voice does he use (visual, auditory, feelings, war, sports)?
  • What are his goals?
  • What personal stuff can I talk about?

Some things to do
  • Get rid of Yankee hat, he might hate the Yankees
  • Clean up desk
  • Shave
  • Bullet-proof coffee
  • Get in early, leave late

Dec. 4, 2017
I worked this past weekend preparing for a meeting with my new boss.

After all the work, my demo bombed. Many things didn't work. I violated a few of my rules that would have prevented this.  All was not lost, but I could have done better and this was setting a poor confirmation bias.

Demos need a repeatable process and I made many coding changes that broke the code that worked.

Instead of making changes I should have prepared the demo first and once that was done work on improving it.

One thing that angered me a little was he wants me to give some reports I do to a co-worker. I spent hours working on this and my co-worker will press a button and get credit for the output. If something goes wrong I will get blamed.

It's all about my boss and not about me.

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