A little background. I have nearly 20 year of experience in my field. Ive managed lots of staff in a project management environment rather successfully. I took a job a year ago that has no direct reports, but Im in charge of my area. Im also the first one to do my job in my particular department. Im starting to get nervous about several things - Im seeing red flags.
First off, my boss was recently promoted to his position after I started, and is a nice person, but he really doesn't seem to be a project manager. He's very friendly but really just pushes work to me with no guidance, like filling out important forms that I've never seen before that have tight deadlines. I get no context or information, and just told to meet deadlines - it's getting frustrating and feeling very administrative. There don't seem to be internal processes in place regarding planning or process, everything is reactive and stresses people out. Im accustomed to a boss having some dialogue with me when passing something new to me, instead of just "take care of this". I think my main concern is something that I have heard a few times since starting to work here - that we are still learning how to do things - this isn't a new organization at all, and that part is baffling. Any suggestions?