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Subject:Re: Working for a liar From:"Sandy Harris" <sharris -at- dkl -dot- com> To:TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 28 Feb 2000 10:11:42 -0500
Jo Baer wrote:
The essential point:
> Quit or get transferred to a different boss as soon as humanly
No doubt about that.
> Bosses who lie consistently are trying to be "teflon" bosses--nothing
> *ever* sticks to them. Some day, sooner or later, something will go so
> wrong that someone must be fired, or at the very least severely
> disciplined. This isn't going to be the teflon boss who directed you to
> proceed despite all warnings. It's going to be you.
Not much about that either.
> In the meantime,
> take all of the documentation suggestions given. Being able to produce
> even a personal notebook recording date, time, subject matter, boss
> said/I said, etc. will give you a certain credibility.
I'd do that differently. It is one thing for you to produce your notes.
The boss can lie about that, including calling you a liar, or claiming
you've misunderstood or ...
It's quite another thing to print the email. Yes, I know email can be
forged, but it still looks more solid than your own notes.
Depending on my mood and how far my job search had progressed, I might
get fairly aggressive about this -- e.g. sending email saying I could
not start work on a project without a clear statement of scope -- but
my default would be just polite requests for confirmation.
I'd also copy lots of people.
If the docs boss is the liar, then when he/she tells me to finish
project X before starting project Y, my confirming email includes my
time estimate for X and is cc'd to both the product managers. If the
development manager for Y explodes, I ask him to confirm with the docs
manager. Perhaps I misunderstood...
If the development manager is the liar, I'd cc the marketing manager
whenever it seems appropriate, or the developer responsible
for a particular section of the product.