So this is it – my journey begins as a Left Fielder.
Coming from a global consulting firm to an agile entrepreneurial business is a big change but one that I am ready for.
Day 1 starts off with a relaxing drive into the green leafy suburb of Graceville, as I pull around the corner and see a strip shopping centre with a warm community vibe. Peter from Superior Fruits is a stand out from the start, getting off on the right foot with a pot of creamy Greek coffee for me and the team. Winning! After dropping my bag at my desk I head straight into my first WiP (work in progress) meeting and it’s down to business – with a difference (I’ll save that for the photos and day 3 below). We get into the active projects, job updates, client leads and I feel right in my consultant comfort zone…By Day 2 I am feeling like part of the furniture – working with the team on proposal writing, workshop design and psychology supervision.
So there I am cruising along until Day 3 and a baptism of fire – I find myself at a team development workshop, my first time as a Left Fielder in front of a client. And what a breath of fresh air. The personable and innovative Left Field approach is apparent right from the start. It’s corporate with a difference. Kelly’s combination of cutting-edge psychology, graphic facilitation and mindful moments (looks like I will be doing a lot of meditation from now on!) hit the mark in a creative, fun, client-focused and outcome-driven approach in her truly facilitative style. I am hooked!
Day 4 and I am out and about again watching the Left Fielders in action, while Day 5 is a professional conference exploring the dark-side side of leadership and unlocking the success factors to leading through the 21st century (neuropsychology – a topic I am really enjoying getting back into!).
So, back to the Left Fielders – the (not so secret) essence of LFCS, a team who have embraced me with openness and positivity and have made me feel excited and special to be part of the Left Field family.
As the psych assessment fiend as you know me to be.. I couldn't compose my first blog without my take on things so far:
Kelly the inspirational entrepreneur and fearless leader.
Jess the super organised and cool expert.
Alex the exuberant and insightful psychologist.
Betina the cheeky one and Left Field encyclopaedia.
Kate the funky and chatty one.
Marina the super knowledgeable and my soy flat white buddy.
So I’ve survived my first week, am ready to come back for week two, and here are my tips for the newby at work:
Listen more than talk – embrace the opportunity to soak up as much knowledge and organisational history as possible (lucky I’m not an extravert *cough cough*)
Be open and curious – nothing is more annoying than hearing "at 'insert previous employer here’ we used to do things like this”(be patient with me girls !)
Put up your antennae – be alert to the subtle and often non-verbal ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the office
Ask questions! No one expects you to know everything and this ‘sense check’ may even unlock efficiencies and expose gaps in thinking (I am a typical psychologist who asks ‘why’ A LOT)
Be ready to adapt – first impressions count and try to think about how your typical behaviour will resonate with the various personalities in the team
Show your appreciation – positivity and enthusiasm is the key to making new friends and forming the start of great relationships
Take the initiative – find a way to contribute early on to help you feel more confident, as well as get quick wins on the board
Throw yourself in the deep end – it’s the only way to get a flavour of things and start feeling like the new professional version of you
Figure out where you fit in – while everyone will have a job description of some sort, this is your opportunity to job craft and make it your own
Lastly, suss out the coffee situation… pronto!
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~ Eleni Dracakis ~
Senior Organisational Psychologist