"What are you waiting for? Godot? Mr. Goodbar?"
I'm waiting for my new job to begin. And by the way, you look for Mr. Goodbar, you don't wait for him.
"Woo hoo! Terrific! What are you going to be doing?"
Can't say. Yet.
Can't say that either. But I can say that I'm looking forward to starting, and I'm considering what to do first.
"What you do first is easy. You sign a lot of papers, you get your picture taken, you shake a lot of hands."
That stuff doesn't count. I'm talking about what's first.
"You've already written about that. You take a document inventory."
Well, yes. . . but. . .
"Come on, don't tell us that you're not going to take your own advice?"
The real world is complicated. Blog postings about product management make everything seem so cut-and-dry and black-and-white. Life is much more dynamic than that.
"OK, so what's first?"
I think job number one is to keep my mouth shut and listen.
Really. When I was just starting out as a product manager I remember spending time selling the concept of product management to the new people I was working with, which was more of a telling thing than a listening thing.
"And you don't have to do that?"
I don't need to convince anyone that I know my craft. What I have to do is just do it. And that's going to take a lot of listening. And an absolute mountain of reading.
"But you like to read."
UPDATE: Reader Matt, regretting the lack of a decent search facility on ack/nak, asked in a comment for me to cite the article in which I discuss taking a document inventory. That article can be found here.