Re: need suggestions on handling a boss

Subject: Re: need suggestions on handling a boss
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:12:15 -0800

On 12/7/2011 12:53 PM, Bill Swallow wrote:

Issues found:
* vague criticism
* micromanagement
* siloed work approach
* hero complex

I understand all of those terms, except "siloed work approach." I agree with the other issues. I can visualize a siloed work approach as being something that is manager-centric and devoid of collaboration because of the term "silo." Can you provide a description of "siloed work approach"?

Issues found:
* emotional deflection
* hypertentive reaction
* hero complex
* stilted importance (re. availability)

It seems to me like the manager is passive-aggressive and paranoid about either her skills as a manager or the security of her job.

Any suggestions?
Analysis complete......

You are indeed stuck between a rock and a hard place. As others have
mentioned, it's near impossible to change someone else, and you're
being actively kept from changing the situation yourself. Your boss is
using you as a way of validating her own expertise and importance,
likely to herself and only herself. This issue is an emotional one,
and you are unfortunately not in a place to combat it.

My advice: do the best you can, and note the reactions. Then take
everything you've written here and lay it out in a professional manner
for you and your boss to discuss. If you can't get an audience with
her, take it to HR. You have nothing to lose as you are being set up
to fail, either intentionally or as a result of some emotional issues
plaguing your boss. There's a definite need to prove (at least to
herself) that she and only she is capable of doing things correctly.
You do not want to remain on the tail end of that. If you can't change
the situation, change jobs.

Yeppers. I agree. Also, update the résumé and get some search agents on or which includes Dice searches.



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