So for the first time I have the odd sensation of being the newbie but not the newbie... I know lots of faces, lots of people because I've worked with them before, but then you come across new faces who don't know how to place you or work with you. It is the oddest movement I've done because it's not a fresh slate.
I was sad to leave my team, I'd developed a real bond with them over the previous 3 years and having an elongated "goodbye" period was tough. But now I'm here, released into a new store like an animal that's been caged awaiting transport and it's all about introductions. I think because I've been a manager 6 years or so now and moved four times as a manager that I feel more comfortable in the new store straight away, I feel able to be myself straight away - I do my best work when I am able to be who I am as a manager, be challenging, be direct, be chatty - whatever the instance requires. In years gone by I've joined new stores and tried to please everyone straight away, tried to be who I thought they wanted me to be and... it doesn't work. I look incompetent and unsure of myself and honestly, I'm neither.
So my first challenge of 2018: new store, new team, new challenges, same targets. I will knock this one out of the park.