My goal was to expand my quality knowledge that when I talk to other Quality representatives in other companies, I don't sound like an idiot, if that makes sense.
Yeah it does and it's understandable, but then again I've sounded like an idiot to a whole herd of people (a ton of them in this venue) for over 71 years now and guess what, it came to a point over 50 years ago I didn't give a crap how I sounded because it was performance that paved the way now flowery words. Walk the walk and "p" on talking the talk trying to please and impress (Yet it does help to be able to converse intelligently but our true abilities are derived from actually doing and not hearing words in a class)
Also I had to get a title for my role
Titles are empty hats that feed ego and accomplish squat on their own. (Except when you get to be called "Pop" by grandkids and Great-grandkids). I've encountered literally hundreds of people with lofty titles and acronyms that didn't have the ability to open a door without creating chaos, confusion and catastrophe. As stated by some prophet "Even the ones with the most lofty titles sit on their arse". Focus on doing and just back off on getting some kind of grand designation.
Didn't think Quality Manager was appropriate with the lack knowledge that I currently possess compared to my previous Quality Managers.
The previous guy is gone, history, under the bridge, in the past, Sayonara-goodbye, whatever.............Forget him and definitely don't try to replicate that person or we'll all hear the thud when you hit the floor. Look and study what went on previously and capitalize on the successes. Study the failures and learn from them as well, we learn more from failure than we do success (some here say otherwise but poo on them).
Internally if those that are more learned, well versed, and experienced or lofty titled as you, fail as people to mentor for nothing more than to help another succeed and in that success help the organization on the whole then they are worse than you consider yourself now. Learn from that as well.