RE: Knocking 'em dead at a new job

Subject: RE: Knocking 'em dead at a new job
From: Suzette Seveny <sseveny -at- petvalu -dot- com>
To: "'Scottie Lover'" <iluvscotties -at- mindspring -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 10:27:23 -0500

Whenever I've been in this situation, I've made a point of putting everything
in writing. After meetings, discussions, even casual hallway conversations,
I've written a short note just to sum up directions given, decisions made, etc.
I word it in a way that does not necessarily scream "Covering my *ss!", but
more along the lines of,

Okay boss, I suggested such and such to you today, based on points a, b and c.
You disagreed with me and directed me to do whatever. I want to take to
opportunity to let you know that I not only will follow your instructions, but
as a team player I will support your decision. I hope this will alleviate any
concerns you might have.

Then I always have a paper trail. The only time I would ever pull the document
out would be if the person turned out to be a liar, tried to blame a poor
decision on me or anybody else. If there's one thing I cannot stand - it's a

On Wednesday, February 23, 2000 4:29 PM, Scottie Lover [SMTP:iluvscotties -at- mi] wrote:
> Any suggestions about what to do when working for a liar? Over the years,
> I've had incredibly perfect bosses (several of whom are still very close
> friends). However, I had two who were congenital liars. They would tell
> you to do something (blatantly ignoring your explanations about why that
> wasn't prudent), and then deny having said that, and blamed you when
> something went wrong. I was not the only person involved in this
> situation, and we were all miserably unhappy and left.

Suzette Seveny
Markham, Ontario, Canada
sseveny -at- petvalu -dot- com or suzette -at- yesic -dot- com
Any opinions expressed are MY opinions.
Feel free to have your own.
Let's agree to disagree
But Please - Don't Flame Me.

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