|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:
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:
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 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.