The Art of Immersion: Reflections on Week 1

Today marks the end of my first (half) week at INN, since being brought on as the new Support and Community Lead last Wednesday. While the past 3 days flew by I began to immerse myself in our team documentation, the various roles on the team, and our remote culture. I’ve read (and tried my best to digest) a lot of information about who we are, what we do, and (most importantly) why we do it.

This all has led me to:

  • Gaining a true appreciation of our members and their work. This is an appreciation and understanding which I look forward to strengthening next week as I familiarize myself with our members’ sites and more of their work.
  • Getting to know the team and learning a ton of interesting facts about them. They are all equally fascinating and also great at what they do.
  • Orienting myself to how we collaborate and get things done at a large scale with a small, but effective team. And, of course, all from the comfort of our various home offices.

So far only one thing has caught me off guard in my first week. Learning so much new information, meeting lots of new people and being on a new (notice a theme here?) schedule is tougher than I predicted. Luckily, the team at INN has been incredibly welcoming, understanding and insightful. I’m looking forward to recharging over the weekend and then diving into all that week 2 has in store!