I had forgotten that coming on as staff is not the same.
Don't get me wrong, NACHRI has a good orientation process - a few days of heavy HR/paperwork, getting whatever you need to make your office comfortable, solid IT introduction (plus an extensive MOSS IT site), 1 hour orientation meetings with each department to meet the players and learn what they do, a get-acquainted appointment with the CEO, an appointment with their ergonomics expert to set up your workstation properly, etc. And most of the key players in my department have aleady taken me out for get-to-know-you lunches (and a free lunch is ALWAYS appreciated).
But I'm still feeling a little behind the curve.
Part of what's causing that is that this is the first time NACHRI has tried to centralize marketing. That means I'll be working with nearly everyone on staff (and 90 people is a lot of people to try to get to know) and there's a lot of pent up demand for help (which means that there are a lot of projects already underway where I'm trying to offer ideas and assistance while figuring out exactly what the project is).
So I end up in a lot of meetings where I'm still trying to match names to faces to departments to responsibilities to projects to "what exactly are we trying to promote here, and to whom?" I'm trying to come up with useful suggestions and ideas we can implement right now and good plans for the future, often on the fly. And this is all happening while I'm trying to sort out real and apparent authority, aka "who REALLY needs to weigh in on this, and who REALLY has final say?"
And master a whole new range of acronyms in the process.
So, association peeps, what are your favorite strategies for learning a new place quickly?