RE: 'Step Up to Leader' Post > Tangential Question

Subject: RE: 'Step Up to Leader' Post > Tangential Question
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Sandy Harris" <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 08:03:45 -0600

Sandy Harris wrote:

> I've had more than one boss request things that seemed dumb
> to me, things that I did not want to waste time on. Often
> I'll humour them and just do it. If not I'll usually "just
> say no" thinking the problem is obvious enough even the boss
> should see it. If you don't see it, ask me.

If the boss shared your opinion, he/she wouldn't have asked you to do
it. You're the one with the brilliant insight -- the least you can do is
share it.

In my book, explaining why you think there's a problem is the least you
can do to avoid getting dinged on your next evaluation.

> > Or you make requests and they continually ignore them, and you know
> > they are doing it intentionally to be defiant.
> How do you know? I sometimes ignore requests I think are
> dumb. Would you see that as me deliberately trying to be defiant?

Um, yes. And passive-aggressive. Not to mention rude.

IMHO, of course.

Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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