Posted by Tom Pearce on October 17, 2016 under Graduate Leadership Scheme
It can feel quite daunting starting a new rotation. Stepping into a new role, often with increased responsibility, sometimes in a new city you don’t know and away from friends and family. It’s very easy to think that you need to know all of the answers straight away and that it’s unacceptable not to be up to speed with the intricate goings-on of the Department you’ve just walked in to. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is that it’s ok to not know the answer. In fact, it’s more than ok. Not knowing gives you the opportunity to reach out to others and to learn from them which will in turn help you to start to build relationships. Building genuine relationships with others will help you to gain their trust, will enable you to work better together and will ensure that you have a support Network available to you when you need it.
But don’t let it stop in your Department. Be sure to reach out to other parts of the Partnership when you don’t know the answer or want to understand a process better. We all own our Business and we all want what’s best for it and the only way we can achieve this is to work together and to share our knowledge, experience and ideas. I started to become interested in Supply Chain when I was working on Audio & TV in Branch so I began spending time with our Stock Management Team which lead to conversations with Partners in our Distribution Hubs which in turn lead to a rotation in Customer Delivery Operations which has now lead to a permanent role within Distribution. I am thoroughly enjoying where I am working, have met some fantastic Partners who I have built strong relationships with, have increased my understanding of how different areas of our Business interlink and can honestly say that I would not be where I am without the knowledge and support of the Partners I have met ever since my first day on my first rotation.
So invest time and energy in others, reach out and build genuine relationships and don’t be afraid to be you.