Fresh Starts

How many times in our lives do we have the opportunity to start again?  A fresh start, new job, new people, new location?   And what do you do to make the most of the time, before you get inundated with all the work that brought you there in the first place?   Let me share some of what I’ve done to acclimate to the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, where I am now a Business Development Program Manager in Executive Education.  I:

–          Observed classes and faculty
–          Talked with both faculty and participants to get their impressions
–          Reviewed files, binders, books, and memos – both current and past
–          Talked with colleagues, receptionists, and others
–          Walked the halls of the College and met some faculty
–          Toured the campus with a colleague to soak in the rich history and traditions
–          Began to learn what makes this place special and how to best convey that.
Too often we don’t have time to do any of this, whether new or not.  And I’m not suggesting that we all take off a week or two to do this.

If you’re new, be sure to include some of this in your onboading.  If you haven’t done this in awhile, take a look at your job, your company, your colleagues in a new light.  Make sure you do what you can to bring a fresh perspective to your thinking and to theirs.   It can be as simple as:

–          Having lunch or coffee with someone new (even every day!)
–          Driving or going a different way to work
–          Parking in a new location
–          Changing your routine/reprioritizing your work
–          Thanking someone, in writing, for their help.

Fresh starts are rare.  Make the most of them, and be sure to look at your own situation from a fresh start perspective whenever you can.  


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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1 Response to Fresh Starts

  1. Love the suggestions for developing a fresh perspective! So simple and so do-able. And the new neurological research proves that small changes like these bring a big boost in creativity. Thanks, Howard, and congratulations on your new start.

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