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Re: [vox] Dealing with your boss

I find that looking at situations to others points of view to be very 
helpful. I live under an assumption that everybody does/says/thinks 
something for a reason. If I don't like what they say/do/think I figure 
out why they think that way and start looking for something I can use to 
change the point of view.

My boss says my workstation has to be built by the workstation support 
people. I don't want their build because it sucks. I've been building my 
workstations and servers for 4 years now, I don't want some 2 week rookie 
setting up my work environment. I looked at why he wanted me to run the 
other build. He didn't want any extended project delays because nobody 
could fix my workstation. I pointed out that I have the longest uptime in 
the department. I win.

Arguing that the company build was fu*!ked was going no where because he
is non-technical and wouldn't understand the argument. 

The Bosses knowledge and skill should be taken into consideration when
picking your tone. The more clueless, the more coddling. The more
knowledgeable, the more friendly. Don't speak down to the non-tech
thinking, it threatens them. Anything (humans and animals) when threatened
become defensive and not open to new thoughts. It's always better to sort
of take them under your wing, don't criticize just explain.

I have found this to do two things. One, it educates (which is the root of 
your problem). Two, it can increase the trust the boss has in your 
opinion. Getting somebody to say "I don't know" can be the most difficult 
(if not impossible) when they don't trust you.

This does not take into account the infamous rat-bastards who could just 
give a sh*t. With those... well good luck and let me know if you get 
anywhere, I'd like a pointer.

"... of course this is just my opinion. I could be wrong." - Dennis Miller


Yesterday, Mark K. Kim wrote:

> A non-tech question but important for working techies...
> How do you guys deal with your bosses?  How do you deal with conflicts
> that arise from your differences (you being a techie and they being not,
> or maybe they *thinking* they are but they being not?)  Especially since
> not all technies are very good with words, explaining oneself can be very
> difficult.
> This question sounds very slash-dot-ish...  But I wanted to ask it here
> first.
> You know, a discussion like this maybe should be taken off the archive, or
> maybe posted anonymously on the archive.  Is there a way to turn off
> archiving or hiding poster names?
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