Dancing through life

I would review DWTS but I am having trouble with my own reality and didn’t find last nights show all that interesting.  So we will reserve comments until the elimination show.

I have been in a cuboideum for several months.  It starts with a committee I am on at work that is supposed to work together and come up with solutions to a problem.  This committee has been meeting for nine months.   During this time a key member of the committee got promoted to director of a new department created for her.  Up till now we have worked together toward a common goal with few issues.  Now that this person has been promoted, my problems have become a nightmare.

I have been accustom to working with her and the other people as equals.  We shared information and frustrations together.   Since her promotion suddenly and without warning my expression of frustration in an email to her are brought to the attention of my boss, and not only my boss, but my boss’s boss.  She tells him that she doesn’t want to work with me on the project anymore.  Could he replace me.   She offered no reason other than to say that I was uncooperative.

So now what happens?  I am asked to meet with my manager and he asks we what the situation is all about.   I tell him that all I have to go on is her hostile response to one of my emails in which I had not “carefully worded” my response.  I offer to forward this email to him so he might judge for himself what is going on.

Sensing her hostility,  I had already replied to the email apologizing for any miss understanding she might have of the language and asked her for a meeting so we could discuss the process we were working on.

This didn’t work.

She had a meeting with my boss.

My boss told me to be more “careful” when dealing with directors and above.  Only communicate answers to their questions and offer no opinions.

So next thing that happens he wants to know all about this project.  He has a one on one meeting with her and discovers all the issues we were facing.

Then he has a meeting with the rest of the committee and tells us what she said.

Then we have a meeting with the vendor.  The whole committee attends minus her.   Now my boss is supposed to have a meeting with her and tell her what we found out from the vendor.

Do you see what has happened here?   She has pulled rank.  She doesn’t have time for our committee anymore but she still wants to know what we are doing and in fact her job depends on our outcomes.

Who is really the problem here?

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