Billy & Chance,
This is the tough stuff, right here! Trying to navigate a new organization’s culture and history, and all the baggage that comes with that, can be quite difficult. Sometimes all you need is more clarity and frank discussion; other times old beliefs are too deeply ingrained, and that alone will mean you’re not a good match.
But certainly, there will always be those that will accept nothing but a precise definition of all work, right off the bat – regardless of its actual accuracy. In my experience, though, many organizations have been burned by that before, and when someone finally comes along and confidently declares “I don’t know the answer right now, but I’m going to find out,” they find the honesty refreshing.
Of course, sometimes there is so much red tape, that no new ideas can squeak through, no matter how sensible.
But hey, if this stuff was easy, we’d all be bored, right? :)