My boss is great – functional, perceptive, ethical and smart. Most remarkably, he also has a great sense of humor*. On the job for just over a year, he has started to figure out what that unpredictable hippy-chick on his staff actually does. So far, i have apparently passed his initial ROI “pain vs performance” assessment, and i have not been sacked**.
But has he learned to read between the lines?
Boss: The Director has asked for a Status Update on the Collaboration Workshop. Have you been able to schedule a meeting with him? Including the Equivalent Director Across the Street?
daisyfae: The Equivalent Director has been elusive. My colleague Across the Street has had great difficulty scheduling meetings. We’re working it…
Translation: i haven’t done shit with this since it happened – when the fuck did we do this? October? November? Not only that, but i’ve completely forgotten why we did it in the first place, and suspect that if i spend a few hours rooting around in my e-mail graveyard i can resurrect some message traffic that will provide a necessary clue… without having to ask you to send me something from last year, thus revealing the magnitude of my ineptitude.
Needless to say, my colleagues Across the Street got the call today to provide a “Pre-‘Status Update’ Update” for the Equivalent Director, to bring him up to speed for a meeting that is resting comfortably on two executive calendars for a lunch hour next week.
Stereo Rectal Extractions In Progress…
* To understand someone, one of the first things i do is figure out what makes him laugh. The boss passed this test with flying colors – covering the full spectrum from stupid potty humor to toss-off comments requiring intellect and agility to comprehend. While he doesn’t directly make fun of members of our geek brigade, he has been known to stifle a snort should he overhear a “freak bashing” tirade.
** In any large organization, it can be difficult to fire someone. Having done time as a supervisor, i am intimately familiar with the process. It is difficult, can take years, and sucks for all involved. As part of my professional therapy, i have often explored behaviors and scenarios which would get me fired on the spot. Screwing a goat by the communal coffee pot? Not on the list. i’d simply be sent to counseling. Probably with the goat….