Building Relationships With Your Peers: Learning the Climate


Learning the terrain and the rules of the game are among the most important things you can do to guarantee success in your new job.  This is easy to talk about and more difficult to do.  There are often subtleties that do not become readily apparent.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Determine how the group’s goals and those of each member are set
  • Learn the work style of the team and how you are expected to fit in
  • Assess whether there is a dialogue regarding methods to accomplish goals on an ongoing basis
  • Identify the team leader’s working style
  • Note whether there is an atmosphere of openness where people speak their minds and that leads to greater learning
  • Learn how best to establish two-way communication and share information
  • Understand how individuals and teams co-operate to accomplish stretch goals.

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