It is always exciting times. Lots of new faces and names. New processes. Different snacks in pantry. Different slang.
First couple of weeks are also devastating: you are already anxious to make your mark but you should also listen and absorb as much as possible. First weeks are great time to ask those stupid questions that everyone is anxious to ask, but after a while are too afraid to do so. So I have been mainly trying to talk to as many people as possible and to think as much as possible. I know that soon the time to think is of high value.
Many people asked what prompted me to change the job. I gave the following analogy:
The key to continuous progress when you are training with weights is to frequently vary your load or the amount of repetitions. Not too often, because then you lose the focus and just do random things. Not too seldom either because then your muscles get too comfortable to your current exercise. For a while it felt to me that I was doing the right exercises at work, but I did not develop as fast as I desired. Then you start to analyze can you easily vary your load, repetitions or should you change a gym.
After four great years in R/GA, it was time for me to change the gym and also the complete training program.
It is of course early days, but it already looks like the training program is starting to bear a fruit.