This rather long interruption between blog entries as been brought to you by my new job, which is kicking my @$$ in the best possible way. I’m loving the new challenges, new responsibilities (some of which I probably don’t even know about yet) my new colleagues, and the new company, but there’s SO MUCH to learn. I can’t remember the last time I was so exhilarated and exhausted at the same time.
Of course it doesn’t help matters that my brain is 11 years older than the last time I had to learn my way around a new job. About the only thing that’s easier is to navigate is the language. Like my previous company, English is the official corporate language of my new employer. But unlike my previous gig, my new Swedish colleagues actually seem to prefer using it … though this may have more to do with the fact that the other American on our team doesn’t speak much Swedish despite having lived here for a lot of years. Plus the head of corporate comm is a Brit, and I suppose that also influences communication choices here in Sweden.
But just because I hear a lot of English in the office doesn’t mean I don’t spend a lot of time trying to decipher the corporate lexicon … this company is coo-coo for acronyms … many of which are very similar to each other. Yet despite my near constant state of confusion, I think I’ve managed to make some contributions and “add some value” to the department these first few weeks. Even more remarkable, it seems I’ve actually convinced some of my new colleagues that I’m pretty good at what I do … as evidenced by an e-mail exchange between my boss and the aforementioned Swiss-based Brit, who wrote, “What I’ve seen from [Shazzer] so far has been truly fantastic.”
Of course I realize that this “honeymoon phase” isn’t going to last forever, which is why I am making Dr. Darling call me Truly Fantastic all weekend long. 😎