New Year, New Job

January 1 was my first day in my new job as the Manager of Sun's Asia Globalization Center in Beijing. Since Jan. 1-3 were holidays in China my first 3 days on the job were really easy. Here's what I've done so far today, my first real day in the new job:
- Packed up my old office.
- Unpacked in my new office.
- Went to lunch with one of my managers, Susan, and her team.
- Confirmed that I have an admin to manage my calendar - yahoo! This is absolutely the best perq of the job so far. Thank you Grace!
- Walked into someone else's office, thinking it was mine.
- Started a list of people I've met and a few details about them, so I can remember them by name next time I see them. (Cheating, I know.)
- IM'd with my mentor Pat.
- Decided that in my new office I'll have music playing quietly in the background so hooked up my iPod speakers.
- Subscribed to the necessary email aliases.
- Walked back into the other person's office.
- Transferred my previous team to their new manager. Technically it was a snap but emotionally it was harder than I thought.

This move is an internal one within Sun. I used to manage the program managers and the admins for the Solaris team in Beijing and I was the Chief-of-Staff for the Engineering Director in Beijing. In this new role I manage the globalization team, which includes engineers, program managers, linguists, interns, contractors, and probably some others that I'm yet to discover. My team localizes most of Sun's software products into Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and in some cases Korean. This new job is a challenge for me because for the first time I'm:
a) managing managers and
b) managing people whose job I couldn't do if I had to
c) managing people whom I didn't hire

Thanks to the book The Leadership Pipeline I'm aware of these challenges and will master them with time, I'm sure. I'm lucky to have lots of very supportive people around me.

BTW there is no window in my new office so instead of posting
"View-From-My-Office" pictures I'll have to do "View-From-The-Breakroom" ones. And you won't believe the view from there:

google sign

Yes, Google lives in the building next door and they have gigantic letters. It's a good and constant reminder that there is competition among employers and we need to make sure this is a great environment for our folks. And I like a little competition, as anyone in my previous team will probably tell you.


Congratulation! Hope you have great time in your new job. It is challenge. Also it is opportunity. Good luck!

Posted by Forrest on January 05, 2007 at 01:58 AM CST #

Happy New Year and congratulations with your new job.

Posted by Shubho on January 05, 2007 at 03:18 AM CST #

Congratulations, Melanie on your new position! I know that you will be missed by your old team but will do fantastic with your new one.

Posted by David Comay on January 08, 2007 at 08:05 AM CST #

Congrats on your new job! Another book that you may find useful is "The First 90 Days" by Watkins. It pretty much lays out what you need to be aware of and do in the first 90 days of a new job to ensure success.

Posted by Pam on January 10, 2007 at 03:42 PM CST #

Welcome you to the big family - AGC! 欢迎加入 AGC 这个大家庭!

Posted by guest on January 11, 2007 at 02:18 PM CST #

Sorry it is my first time to post a comment. It seems I missed my Name.

Posted by Hannah on January 11, 2007 at 02:21 PM CST #

You'll be happy to know that I read your blog today, Mel. It's because someone told me I was mentioned. See? If you mention me every time, there is a much greater chance I will find the time to read it! BTW, what's up with the air quality in that picture?? I can see San Francisco from my office in Menlo Park today! (I miss you!)

Posted by Pat on January 11, 2007 at 11:08 PM CST #

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