Re: need suggestions on handling a boss

Subject: Re: need suggestions on handling a boss
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:18:30 -0500

Elsewhere I knew of someone who decided to document every (contradictory) order she was given. Memo to the boss, CC: self - "If I understand you correctly, you would like me to do XXX."

She was immediately ordered to stop writing anything down.

Grab lifejacket, jump off ship.

Ultimate source is rules for when aboard ship. "Trust the captain and trust the ship. If you cannot do that and feel you can do better than the skipper, mutiny. If you cannot do that, jump overboard."

On Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:23:55 -0500, Wroblewski, Victoria <vwroblewski -at- necsphere -dot- com> wrote:

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From: Of Steve Schwarzman
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: need suggestions on handling a boss

... it's hard for me to imagine how all that documenting is going to help Kari. If her boss is gunning for her, chances are not in her favor that some higher-up will want to read her dutiful documentation of what her boss told her, and what she did, etc. etc. It's far more likely, I think, that the upper boss will simply rely on what Kari's boss says. In employee-said, manager-said situations, directors tend to side with managers.


If nothing else, however the situation ends, you can know that you did your best to capture the situation. If they still side with the manager, well, be kinda glad you're out of that toxic workplace.

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References:
need suggestions on handling a boss: From: Kari Gulbrandsen
Re: need suggestions on handling a boss: From: Peter Neilson
Re: need suggestions on handling a boss: From: Steve Schwarzman
RE: need suggestions on handling a boss: From: Wroblewski, Victoria

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