There are so many things you take for granted when you move into a house: towel racks, doors with knobs, countertops, toilet paper holders, cabinets, a driveway, and a road to lead to your door.

I was the first house in a new subdivision and they literally had to use a satellite to see where to run the cable and internet fiber — there was no address. I had to pick up mail from the Post Office for a month until the community mailbox was installed. City Hall had to call the garbage service each week because they kept forgetting me on their route.

When you build a new house, a zillion things become decision points. It forces you to see things in a new light and to become conscious of the components instead of the whole.

The equivalent is true when creating a new position instead of just filling an existing one. You’re starting from scratch with a job description, phone, computer, desk, office, reporting structure, supplies, and support. There is no routine, no history, no resources to refer to, no report format, no performance measures — everything has to be decided as it occurs.

It’s a great opportunity to create something for the first time but those involved need to realize that it takes much longer to ramp up because everything has to be figured out. We forget how much we rely on fundamentals and make assumptions about what we are starting with. If what you’re involved in is brand new (not just to you), factor in more time and emotional bandwidth to get yourself settled. All those choices are exhausting!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: