Apple's Ahrendts offers tips on transitioning to a new job in LinkedIn post
Apple's newly hired SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts posted an article to LinkedIn on Monday, 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 since Ahrendts officially moved to Cupertino — 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."
"Try to resist putting additional or undue pressure on yourself trying to learn it all from day one," Ahrendts writes. "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."
Next, she advises readers to ask questions. By doing so, you gain deeper insight into the company and your coworkers, while sharing personal details can build relationships that lead to trust. This leads to unity and group collaboration on a higher level.
Ahrendts says to trust instincts and emotions, especially during the first days of a transition period.
"Never will your objectivity be as clear or your instincts sharper than in the first 30-90 days," she writes. "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.:
Finally, first impressions are key to developing a strong leadership position. Ahrednts believes in keeping tabs on how other workers perceive a manager as well as their leadership skills.
"Are they quickly lining up to follow you? This could single-handedly determine the speed of your assimilation and the company's success," she says.