12 thoughts on “Dilemma”

  1. you could put strychnine in the guacamole… or write a letter to the tourism board and have the place condemned.


  2. Oh yeah, and then I would let my supervisors know of the change in B’s attitude and then they’ll think that not only are you brilliant for coming up with this new and efficient way of doing things, but that you have great people and negotiating skills as well!

  3. If I were J, I would talk to B and let her know that I wasn’t trying to steal her thunder, that her idea was a great one, but there might be room for improvement if small changes are made. If I were J, I’d make it seem like she was the one who came up with this great idea, so that her feelings and ego aren’t bruised and yet the work gets accomplished much faster/easier/etc.

  4. Jen: I dunno, I don’t consider “making myself happy” to be running away from anything. I’m just sayin’.. what was asked was “what would you do if you were J.” Well, if I were J, I wouldn’t be happy being a cog, and therefore the intricities of the coglike behaviour would be irrelevant. πŸ™‚

  5. The job seeking is well underway. In the meantime, I much prefer *solving* my problems rather than running away from them.

  6. Seek a job that pays better and gives J a less “coglike” feeling. πŸ™‚

    Of course, my biases may come in — being a cog tends to annoy me. πŸ™‚

  7. If I were J? I *am* J, albeit lower-case…

    In a case like this, try to outstubborn the stubborn. If the supervisors think your idea is great, press them. Remind them how much time and money they will be saving the company. If B has the power to bottleneck the whole department just by resisting change, then your supervisors have to re-examine either the person or the policy.

    In any case, approaching your supervisors is doing something, while the alternative (short of keying B’s car) is doing nothing. And I’m sure you’ll feel better doing something πŸ™‚ Better than bitterness! Someone once said that “holding a grudge against someone is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies”.

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