Back in 2012, when I started to build a reputation as a mentor, the goal was not just to create my own path and set it afire, but for others to desire to make their own path before my footsteps cooled.
Never Fear Hot Coals
This week I joined Delphix. Many acted as if this was pre-ordained and simply part of my destiny. Due to my technical knowledge, they assumed I would be working in the same group as my husband and virtualization was just a natural fit for my skills. Although I love working just a few feet from my husband, (which we’ve done for years now) I actually joined the Product Management and Marketing team, which is a surprise to many.
All new jobs come with new challenges, but when you also change paths, it can be like walking on hot coals. You can find yourself anxious, having doubts about your skills and if you’re up to the challenge. I accepted this challenge because I wanted to have more impact with the direction of the technology I was working with. I wanted to help the business make intelligent decisions with the powerful knowledge I have about technology, customers and product and this is something that Delphix is keen on letting me be a part of. I’m pretty fearless, but even I have to remember to not let my fears or frustrations get the best of me. As I always say, there is incredible power in the simple act of doing, so just do and its surprising how quickly you’ll be successful.
In just the few days I’ve been here, I’ve already begun to build the documentation that will help determine what content will be directed to what audiences, chosen a few members of the community to do guest blogs, did some really great training and was introduced to some incredible people.
I’m learning how to manage my time a little differently than I did before, as things moved a lot slower at Oracle, but I love how my skills are more in line with what the company needs from me. Even though I’ve been here less than a week and am in a position that I’ve never held before, I know exactly what my purpose is.
I want to thank my new peers and managers for helping me quickly get up to speed. My beloved Microsoft Surface has been migrated to my secondary desk and my new work computer is set up (I’m on a Mac Air, don’t everyone gasp at once and start taking bets on how long the keyboard will last… :)) As I stated earlier, the work is new and interesting, which is why Delphix was at the top of my list for companies to join. Like my new position, Delphix technology removes many of the tedious tasks and automates much of what once was a manual process so as to get onto more interesting and rewarding adventures.
I’ll continue to update everyone on how my new world is shaking out at Delphix and hopefully will convince a couple of you to join me. It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened. The coals are warm, but will you follow in my footsteps before they cool?