RE: Ruffled Feathers

Subject: RE: Ruffled Feathers
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 09:08:59 -0600

> > I could sure use a little advice to help me
> > extricate myself from this mess.
There's quite a disagreement on how to handle this situation. For my 2 cents
worth, you might try a nice, diplomatic, non-affirming apology. Something
along the lines of; "I'm sorry to have upset you, I'll take more care in the
future," might serve as a token apology without outright admitting fault or
claiming to do anything in the future to hinder your work.

As others have already stated, the important thing is to avoid letting this
PHB-type get in your way, and perhaps the best way to accomplish that is to
leave them out of the loop till you've finished your work. While I certainly
agree with Andrew to a fair extent, the unfortunate reality is that this
person is senior to you, and I've lost more than one job over matters far
more petty than your current situation. Far better at least pretend to
smooth a couple of feathers in order to facilitate an end-run around the
speed bumps in your office (at least for's best to leave a job on
your own schedule rather than a PHB's).

David Berg


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