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How to Start Your New Job Off on the Right Foot in the First 90 Days

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Listen and ask questions. 

Every company has its own culture. To understand how you can best position yourself for success, it’s smart to listen and ask questions. “Listen to everyone you meet” is the advice from Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, in his “My First 90 Days” post. Branson cautions not to try and meet everyone during the first week, but for those you do meet, be sure to learn about their personal interests as well as the practicalities of the workplace. As a new player on the team, you have to learn the rules, both written and unwritten. This requires you ask questions before you start implementing changes, criticizing or critiquing. Jumping in too early with solutions without understanding the “whys” may make you come across as a know-it-all. Remember, perception is reality, and your success is determined by how effective and likable you are.

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