Words of the Week – hit the ground running

Hit the ground running means to begin quickly and produce instant results. The term probably originated from war or sports, like many American business terms do, but I can’t confirm that through online research. When I hear hit the ground running, images of sprinters competing in the 40-yard dash or young men and women jumping from helicopters and running off to battle…or to the boardroom…fill my mind.

hit the ground running

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I lived the management expectation of hitting the ground running this week at work when I rotated from one brand to another in my CPG marketing job. With almost two years of post-MBA experience, management and my new cross-functional partners expected that I hit the ground running on my new brand, and I am pleased to say I did it. It was a week of long hours and little in my life other than work, hence the void in MBA in the USA posts. However, I quickly assessed and organized my new project list and job responsibilities, and by the end of the week was accomplishing tasks and moving the business forward. Feels good to sit in the coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon and realize that.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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