I was nervous. I was worried. I was concerned I wouldn’t be up to the challenge, but according to Shelly Frame I am, and here’s my four tips to pass onto you.
1. Build trust
Nobody will work with you unless they trust you. Note down every commitment you make and then make damn well sure you deliver. Give people the opportunity to teach you, too.
2. Be a team player
We all do our best work when we work together. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and share ideas. Don’t be a martyr - You’ll just burn bridges and run yourself into the ground. Say “we” instead of “I”, and remember to be inclusive. Lead as much as you need to to make it happen, then share the glory — It never hurts to be kind.
3. Take a lunch break
You’re going to spend most of your life at work. That sucks. So go outside and say “hi” to the sun. Grab a book, take a 5 minutes walk, catch up with friends - whatever you do, leave the office and give your colleagues a break. Open your eyes to the world around you. All the most creative people find stimulus outside the office.
Nothing erodes trust quicker than failing to deliver. It should go without saying, but make sure you deliver every commitment and deadline. That said, one day you’re going to screw up. It’s inevitable. But fail quickly, learn and move on. Well, until you get fired. Bye bye.