What will the day hold for me? I'm guessing an endless parade of forms to be completed, a few stern words of warning reminding me that I am a public official and that everything I say or do is available for public scruitiny and maybe some information on where I can go work out (I hear the county has one great workout facility. Maybe that instead of a few slices of pizza for lunch).
Nearly two decades ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a small book called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. It was a book that stripped all of our advanced knowledge down to its basics - that we needed to share more, fight less, be open to the magic of the world around us and take naps. I like that idea.
In much the same way, as a public information officer on his first day at a new employer, I believe all I am really going to need to know will be heard at orientation. Namely:
- We are all the face of the organization out in the field, and we need to act accordingly.
- Turn to your supervisors to seek their wisdom and counsel. They have been promoted because of their expertise.
- Don't say or do anything you don't want to read about in the newspaper.
- Don't be afraid to ask why we are doing things the way we do. A fresh set of eyes may fix a nagging problem that has plagued us for years, or we may be doing something a certain way because that's how its always been done.
- Get along with others, because we are all part of the same team.