New Year, New Job
By melinchina on Jan 04, 2007
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:
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.