Glad you got that sorted out... I figured it would have been in blocks.
As far as not overwhelming the newbie content manager, that's where Roles/Permissions come in to play. Drupal has way to many options for the new user/editor/admin person... So what I do is create an editor or staff 'Role' under User Management -> Roles (the-site-url/admin/user/roles) and assign it very limited access to the CMS in Permissions (the-site-url/admin/user/permissions).
Maybe just access to the Administration Menu, Comments, Nodes, etc... You'll have to experiment to get the combination that works for your users.
That way, you get to access all the controls that you need as the master admin but nobody else will get distracted by all of the options.