Apple’s recently hired SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts posted an article to LinkedIn recently, offering advice to those transitioning to new jobs just as she did recently in joining Apple. As a LinkedIn “Influencer,” a list of big-name business figures who offer insight into the business world through regularly authored posts, Ahrendts publishes a story about once every month. The latest installment, the first of which sine Ahrendts moved to Apple, is titled “Starting Anew” and fittingly deals with transitions. Her first piece of advice when entering a new company is to “stay in your lane.” Ahrendts wrote the following regarding the matter:
Try to resist putting additional or undue pressure on yourself trying to learn it all from day one. It's human nature to feel insecure about everything you 'don't know'. By staying focused on your core competencies you will be able to contribute much sooner, add greater value long term, and enjoy and have more peace especially in the early days.
Never will your objectivity be as clear or your instincts sharper than in the first 30-90 days. Cherish this time and fight the urge to overthink. Real human dialogue and interaction where you can feel and be felt will be invaluable as your vision, enabled by your instincts, becomes clearer.
Are they quickly lining up to follow you? This could single-handedly determine the speed of your assimilation and the company's success.