You can bet I’ve learned a few things.
1. Ruffle feathers! I mean it.
Don’t be afraid to be challenging, especially the newbies.
You have fresh eyes. That gives you a huge advantage.
You may upset a few people, but they’ll get over it once they see results. 😉
2. You can’t know it all. Be resourceful.
Find people who know more than you.
People are willing to help more than you know. Ask!
3. Understand the problem (if there is one) and process BEFORE developing solutions.
4. Try to explain what you know and do simply.
If you can’t, go back to the fundamentals.
5. Find people in other industries and pick their brains!
6. Establish credibility as early as possible and act like you belong.
7. Make promises that scare you!
You’ll be held accountable and accomplish great things.
8. Have a beginner’s mindset.
Ask those questions that get the other person talking.
Keep asking WHY.
9. When you find problems, mention solutions.
10. Get a mentor, ASAP. EHEM students!