Chapter 1. Hitting the Ground Running Can Get You into Trouble

It’s common when starting a new job to be told that you need to “hit the ground running.” Experienced people who appear in the job market after their companies have downsized often hear this. The expectation is that since they bring connections, experience, and other intangible assets to a new job, they don’t need time to learn the new culture and the players. The temptation on hearing this is to dive in with all your energy, ready to make an amazing first impression. After all, you do need to prove yourself. Although your boss may be satisfied, that attitude can get you into trouble in more ways than one.

The main problem with hitting the ground running is that you don’t know what ...

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