And I am feeling a bit overwhelmed - as today was strategic planning day for the upcoming year.
The first challenging thing was that I was part of the process not facilitating it (a bit of a shift for me who is usually the one wielding the whiteboard marker!). Which meant not only was I learning about this new organisation (being day one and all) but also that I was contributing to the goals and outcomes. What a great way to start a job!
Secondly I was sitting with twelve almost strangers - the only people I knew were the facilitator, the two people who had interviewed me for the job, and the person I am replacing - and I have only met them once before! So I felt like I had to be on my best behaviour and at the sharp end of what was happening all day (so much for under promise and over deliver...)
Finally, by the end of the day it had transpired that a very big proportion of the goals set will be either driven by me, or I will be doing the actual work to make them happen. That's a heck of a lot of pressure for a first day!
My mind is bursting. I have a huge pile of mind maps, illustrations and flowcharts that need to be turned into a strategic plan document (my first job!) but I don't think my head is up to it tonight.
There's new technology to master, new computer programmes, new routines and procedures, a lot of people to establish relationships with, a website to overhaul, and big shoes to fill.
I am really excited about the challenges of the job...just as soon as I get enough room in my brain to process them!