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Tool or Not a Tool..That is the question..(5 posts)

Tool or Not a Tool..That is the question..jrm
Apr 2, 2002 4:27 PM
I work for a public agency, where a better part of my poistion is spent acting as a liason with local jurisdictions on transportation planning matters. Just today i had my 8 month review (12 month probation period). My boss is yopur doing a great job and said he appreciated my work.

So last week i attend a meeting with a colleage from another branch who is in the next classification above me , soon to be 3 classifications. This meeting was prepared to outline the scope, functions and pupose of a proposed corridor study. If the study goes forward i will be representing the agency. So today i prepare a review of the meeting for my boss, The boss of the guy who went to the meeting with me and others in the loop.. So i finish the review and send it out. Then about an hour or so later i get an email from the the guy who attended the meeting with me with the heading Since I attended this TRANSPAC TAC meeting with John , I'll add a few additional impressions I took down in my notes". The guy e mails his review ot my boss, his boss and everyone i CC'd a review of the same meeting. His comments differ in conclusion, and are somewhat contradictive of what i said.

I dont want to say that he stepped on my comments, i known this guy since day one, he seems kinda anal but pretty cool i guess. i dont want to say OK now you know how far you can trust him either. But i do trust people and want people to trust me so i act correspondenly. And that he didnt even think of submitting any kinda review AFTER reading mine? and CC'ing everyone i did..and my boss. i dont know..i want to look at the situation as his trying to help in the effort and supporting my comments, but its hard. its just to easy to say the guy did what he did in spite of me.
Apr 3, 2002 10:09 AM
No offense, but it's really hard to follow what you're saying here. Did you just type this so fast that the details got blurry? Yeah I'd say it looks like the guy is an a-hole and is out to further himself at your expense. Welcome to corporate America. Nothing unusual there. As Mulder says on the X-files, "Trust no one!".
Couple of suggestions you won't likeretro
Apr 3, 2002 10:19 AM
I'm not trying to flame you here, but in a previous life I had to deal with this problem nearly every day. On the assumption that you wouldn't have posted if you didn't want some advice, I'm going to give some:
I think you may have been mildly hosed, which isn't unusual. The business world is full of people who'll take credit for others' ideas if they can get away with it. That will happen to you forever.
But you have a bigger problem than that, I think: Communication. I've been an editor and proofreader for 20 years, and just at a quick read, I spotted at least two dozen major mistakes in your post, and a lot of small ones, too. I had to read it three times to try to figure out what you're saying, and I'm still not sure. Your spelling is confusing, you switch tenses from past to present and back, the lack of punctuation makes it hard to decipher some sentences and you misused a couple of words and phrases. Plus you write like a bureaucrat--who knows what a "corridor study" is, anyway?
I'm not saying this to embarrass you or to pump myself up, but because I've seen plenty of bright people stopped dead in their careers because they can't get their ideas across. You don't have to write like Hemingway, but you do have to be able to get something down on paper in a way that doesn't frustrate people and make you look ignorant. You need to write carefully and then READ IT OVER to be sure it makes sense and to catch misspellings and mistakes. I'm telling you from experience that a guy who can't spell "you're" (see "yopur" in the third line) is not going to impress anybody.
Couple of suggestions you won't likejrm
Apr 8, 2002 2:36 PM
yeah i was a tad bent & excited when i wrote what i did. I think that, and trying to write as if in conversation make it "interesting".
Thoughts on a rainy day....DINOSAUR
Apr 5, 2002 8:43 AM
Sounds like the pecking order of how to get ahead without really trying. Some people get ahead by stepping over a lot of people along the way. Often it comes down to who kisses the most ass, as opposed to who is the most qualified. With that thought, retirement is a nice place to be, you can meet your former bosses and tell them what you really think...