Schottsi, and everybody replying to the original post from May 2008 as though the question just came out - it's really gone by, unless the original person came back to read. The remainder, and why I participated in subsequent posts, is to try to say something for someone who IS reading.
What I want to take umbrage with is speaking to the topic of taking over responsibility of any group of staff as a ride to enjoy. The experience of the people performing the work would have their own ideas on how to characterize it, but they may not have the words. I don't recommend an attitude that a new manager is going to "enjoy the ride." We don't know that people want to hear their work referred to as an amusement for a new manager to roll up and down in for fun.
The new manager has got to face the new group and reckon he/she has something to learn as much as he/she might have something to offer. This is not an enjoyable process, necessarily, as there is lots of listening to be achieved. Listening is such a tough thing to do. Roller coasters and candy floss are earned.