It’s good policy in a restaurant to see what you can choose before you order. You might think you know what you want before you look at the menu, but there may be something new there that jumps out at you.
There’s also a good chance that what you want is not on the menu either.
How do you know what’s on the menu? Talk to people inside and outside the company and find out what areas need improvement, find out how you can add value, find out what your group needs, find out what your boss wants.
Carlos Ghosn didn’t start with orders when he took charge at Nissan. He spent months finding out what the company needed. He spoke to people inside and outside the company. He made a list of priorities and then worked off this menu.
When you start a new job, take a long look first, then you’ll be ready to order.