Slipping in unnoticed
Muse #305 - sign of the times
I joined a new organization today taking on a coaching role. Usually, the first day on the job is an interesting one. This was a damp squib fizzling out. A slow start. I felt like a thief slipping into a house unnoticed to steal something. Of course, all this is what one thinks. But, hey, humans are strange socially driven animals and it was hard to just reframe things to look at them from a more positive light. In fact, if you look broadly most animals are socially driven from small packs to large groups. Very few are truly individualistic.
Starting a new job by configuring a computer and spending part of the day setting up software all alone in a basement seemed strange. That is what the pandemic has brought us to. I did have a few meetings - mostly introductions. So, I did speak for a while to three whole people.
Typically a day one in a new organization would mean meeting tons of new faces with an uncounted number of people milling around on different floors, even if you don’t actually meet them all. The buzz of human activity. These were sorely missed. And certainly not the kind of “Day One” that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has in mind, but that is for another day.