Look at this as an opportunity rather than a challenge. You are not trying to fill the other person's shoes, you are assessing the state of the organization and where it needs to go from here. Part of your assessment…"
"A lot of excellent advice from many people. I have walked into this many times. I actually became very good at going in to jobs where there were big problems or someone left unexpectedly, fell ill, had an accident. My first…"
"You have recieved alot of great advice already so I will leave you with this:
If you feel unhappy and decide to leave the position - suck it up for at least a year - do your best for a year.
a) after a year your perspective may change
b) it will…"
"Yes, I know how you feel. I am in a new job myself and it's nothing I thought it would be. I am a secretary working for the Fed. Gov. in New Orleans, LA. While I am happy to be home, the job I am in is nothing of what I was…"
"Wow, thanks everyone for the excellent advice. It's always nice to hear from those who went through the same thing or have had a similar experience at some point in their career. I agree that I need to take one step at a time and try to…"
"I've worked with local governments for many years and the situation with your predecessor sounds so familiar. A city or county government starts with one clerk who takes care of all the administrative work. As the city or county grows, the…"
"Every job has seasons. Every job has grand plans. It sounds as if you arrived in peak. Find out if you are in a peak delivery or when your next audit controls set and get a head of upcoming events. Give your staff a chance to become great, you may…"
"One thing a good friend of mine told me years ago is "Train yourself; don't wait for your employer to train you." What he meant was to take an inventory of your skills/abilities and, if you see something is lacking then go get the…"
"I agree with Scott. It sounds like you have identified and tackled the largest and most pervasive issue, and you should take comfort in knowing where to focus. "The longest journey starts with a single step", and you now know…"
"Even though it seems like an extra burden on top of the everyday things you are trying to accomplish, document the high-level gaps that you are finding (e.g., no written procedure for tracking payments, etc.). This document will help you in…"