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I encountered a political conflict which makes my existence at work a true nightmare...
March 2005, Article 5
Since my arrival in a new section I encountered a political conflict which makes my existence at work a true nightmare.
My arrival at the section was announced by the director. The head of the section was supposed to get a different position and I should fill in his gap. It turned out that he did not get the job he wanted.
As a result I am currently employed as deputy head of section, supposedly
assisting him. So here we are, 2 people in one position. Although this
is just a temporary solution, I have found it impossible to get any work
done so far. This is mainly due to the fact that, the head of the section
does not invite me to any meetings and does not provide me with the necessary
I need help, I have the impression that the director is waiting for me to solve the problem on my own.
Change is always unsettling. Clearly it's leaving you feeling like the ground is moving beneath your feet, and you wonder what to do... No wonder you're feeling a bit seasick.
But letting time pass by without appropriate action could leave you to be seen as 'non-effective, and non-productive' -- in effect impotent. Your colleague is running circles around you by leaving you out of meetings, and the communications loop.
This 'nightmare' for you could wind up as a bad reality unless you take
action immediately. What are you waiting for? You are a leader. It is
not complaining for you to respectfully ask for clarification of your
joint roles and responsibilities. Somebody is paying the salaries, whether
that's a taxpayer or a public corporation -- and you need to be able to
answer for your time and efforts.
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