Q. I just started a new job, and I’m not quite sure where I fit it. What should I do?
A. It’s tempting to want to rush in and show them what you can do. There will be time for that, but when you start, take a step back and observe. Get a feel for the dynamics of the new office. Who do people go to? How do the teams interact? Speak with your supervisor about what she or he expects from you. With this knowledge, you should be able to find ways to fit yourself into the team. Remember you are adding what makes you special to an existing team. You don’t want to under-represent or over-represent your particular way of doing things. You want to find the mix that’s just right for you while respecting the dynamics of the existing team.