7 Things to Note When Joining a New Team

Tips for a better job transition

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1. Don’t assume EVERYONE knows what they’re doing

“Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking” — Steve Jobs

2. Don’t assume NOBODY knows what they’re doing

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” — Bill Nye

3. Ask the dumb questions

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” — Confucius

4. Learn the hidden secrets

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” — Edmund Burke

“History has a funny way of repeating itself” — Unknown

5. Build relationships

“Don’t become involved in any office political battle without first asking yourself, ‘What’s in it for me?’ and then ‘What’s in it for them?’” — The Mafia Manager

“People are more likely to remember the great social interaction they had with a colleague than the great meeting they both attended.” — Ron Garan

6. Don’t be afraid to fail

“When you see everything as a learning experience, then you’ll realise failure was never an option”

7. Own your weird

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Conclusion: Learn more, know less

“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know” — Eoin Colfer

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