New transitions rely heavily on clear communication, respect

I recently switched roles. Previously I was editor for Residential Design + Build magazine. Now I'm community editor for ForResidentialPros.com, RD+B, Qualified Remodeler and Kitchen & Bath Design News magazines. I've been in the new role for a few weeks now, and I'm feeling a bit more settled in.

This is a new position to the group, myself and team. We're all learning as we go and so far it's been a relatively smooth transition. I've taken on new positions in the past that turned out to be train wrecks - everyone has a different expectation of your role including yourself. That hasn't been the case with my new role, and I'm thankful.

Communication is the key to almost every single aspect to life - including job transitions. If I wasn't clear about my expectations, I'd develop a high level of frustration. If my bosses and team members weren't clear about their expectations, they would have a high level of frustration. Those two pieces together are a recipe for disaster.

Christina Koch, editor for QR, recently implemented Monday morning meetings. These are half-hour meetings where we go around and discuss what we're working on. It may seem like a trivial thing, but these meetings have been a huge part of my role's smooth transition. I can listen to what they are working on, and develop ideas for the web property. And they can help me to understand when ideas make sense and don't make sense. Communication is the key here.

At a previous job, we also had Monday meetings but no one participated or cared. Like the cliche goes: You can drag a horse to water, but you can't force them to drink. The difference between that job and this one is that our team here has an equal level of respect for each other and the same goal: To provide quality content to the audience.

Do you have weekly meetings? How do you keep communication open and clear with your team?

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