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Tactics to compete with difficult coworker?

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Dear Office-Politics,

I am writing on behalf of a close friend, “Jane,” who has asked me to help her find tactics to compete with a difficult coworker.

Jane has been in her current job a bit over two years. For the first year, she felt valued and generally satisfied with her position. Then another woman, “Laura,” joined Jane’s department. Jane’s work life has been deteriorating ever since.

Laura is something of an overachiever and, by what I hear from Jane (I do not work with them), a consummate politicker. Laura has ingratiated herself to their mutual superior, is chummy with many of their colleagues and appears helpful to and liked by all — except Jane.

In the course of her own work, Laura meddles in and gathers information on projects that are not her responsibility, including Jane’s. When this yields valuable lessons, Laura is selective in assisting her colleagues. She shares in depth with other co-workers while offering minimal, grudging (though civil) assistance to Jane. When Laura’s unsolicited contributions affect others’ projects, she communicates well with those concerned — again, except for Jane, who receives offhanded and unapologetic notice of important activities, if any.

When Laura’s interference has threatened the quality of Jane’s work, Jane has asserted this to her manager, requested and to a degree received support. However, based on the scope of these corrective actions, Jane feels Laura’s personal friendship with the manager results in a bias in Laura’s favor. Laura has begun to receive choice project assignments while Jane–despite her manager’s repeated assurances of her value to the department — is beginning to feel marginalized. Though Jane has not received any negative evaluations, she is concerned that she has fallen out of favor and may be at risk should any belt-tightening occur.

In short, Laura is well-liked, competent and appears to have set her sights on Jane as the person to climb over on her way up. Jane has asked me how to fight back.

Jane admits that she cannot match Laura’s seeming omnipresence or quantity of work. With this route closed, she sees two remaining strategies: strengthen and defend her own position, or expose and weaken Laura’s.

I’ve offered what advice I can but I’ve never been in someone’s cross hairs like this. Is the better course here to attack the chinks in her competitor’s armor? If so–how?

Sign me,

Concerned Adviser


dr. rick brandon

Dear Abby (Concerned Advisor),

You sound like a caring, considerate, high-integrity contributor yourself, so firstly, please make sure that YOU don’t fall out of favor with Laura or go on her you-know-what list, since political operators like Laura are often facile at sniffing out perceived allies and enemies, and are quick to make judgments of “You’re either with me or against me.” Do not write anything to Jane, rather keep your input verbal.

Is Laura Overly-Political?

As you can detect, we assess Laura as not only an over-achiever, but also as possibly a bit Overly-Political. We say “possibly,” since she may just be “borderline overly political,” because it’s unclear whether she’s truly doing anything unethical even though she’s clearly self-serving. The tricky thing is that while she’s jockeying for position as many do, it’s tough to make a case that she is doing things that really harm the company, given that you describe Laura as very competent, hard-working, well-liked, and productive. So, just make sure that your assessment of her as over the line does not say more about you or Jane being UNDER-Political–– Yes, there is such a thing, quite common when good, humble people lump together “decent boldness” actions as being out of line. There is a balancing act of being unethical and merely striving to ensure that others in the organization see your handprint, building a power network, avoiding marginalization, becoming indispensable, networking for increased visibility, and paying attention to cultivating a corporate “buzz” (reputation and perception) as major contributor and inner circle member. Have you really examined which category characterizes Laura or have you both over-judged?

Is keeping Jane out of the loop one form of workplace sabotage?

You see, we do not view such behaviors as mutually exclusive from ethics or integrity–– again, as long as the More Political person does not become Borderline or actually OVERLY Political. We agree Laura’s behaviors of keeping Jane out of the loop on certain information is one form of workplace sabotage, since information is power. So blocking Jane from putting her handprint on important, sexy projects that possess high political stock is one way of Laura being seen more favorably. But you haven’t shared much in the way of Laura’s trashing Jane, making her look bad in meetings, or other behind-the-scenes or public sabotage; her tactics are more along the lines of just elevating herself as a clearly competitive person. So, you might advise Jane to double-check her emotional reactions to ensure she’s not judging Laura too harshly, just as we wouldn’t want to too negatively prematurely dismiss or label an aggressive salesperson without first making sure he isn’t merely being more “persistent” or “assertive” than we would be, and that perhaps he’s just committed to succeeding, as opposed to crossing the line to being manipulative or lying to get a deal like the classic, stereotypical used car salesperson (yes, I’ve gotten burned by one).

If top management were forced to choose would they opt for Laura?

Even if Laura really IS what we define as Overly-Political (we outline the behavioral clues in our book and workshop), it’s best to err on the side of not taking her on as an enemy, because you’re both acknowledging her power, alliances with key stakeholders, and her admitted substantive contribution and value to the enterprise. She’s NOT just an “Empty Suit” like a lot of extreme, truly over-the-top power tyrants, sharks, or snakes. So, top management, if forced to choose, might indeed opt for Laura.

We’d counsel playing it safer by simply advising Jane to avoid making enemies, which covers her either way (e.g. if Laura really IS unethical and Machiavellian, or if she’s simply a very competitive person trying to maneuver for her own job stability out of fears about her family, livelihood, etc.). Therefore, talk to Jane about HERSELF building key relationships, ensuring that she broadcasts her own accomplishments in the spirit of being excited about recent positive impact she was able to make versus a bragging spirit, etc. Prompt her to work on her OWN positive “buzz” rather than tearing down the reputation of Laura, and finds ways to become more involved in high-value activities.

If ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em”

Jane’s strategies might even include partnering with Laura!” If ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em” is after all an old adage that may apply if it doesn’t involve compromising Jane’s core values or self-respect. Often savvy corporate power brokers heed the advice of “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” Sure, if that opponent is too sleazy, then Jane could sacrifice her own reputation or feel out of integrity herself, but we just are not hearing that Laura is that over the top.

Are we off-base? Please let us know both of your reactions (or, dear friend, is “Jane” really you?)….

Thanks for writing to Office-Politics.

Best regards,


Rick Brandon, Ph.D., Co-author,
Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success

cover of Survival of the SavvyRick Brandon, Ph.D. is a Co-author with Marty Seldman of Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success. Dr. Rick Brandon is CEO of Brandon Partners. He has consulted and trained tens of thousands at corporations worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries.

This letter was originally published in February 2009.

  1. 31 Answers to “Tactics to compete with difficult coworker?”

  2. I had a “Laura” in my place of work. I ended up leaving in the end as I was unable to cope with her behaviour. Trying to beat them at their own game doesn’t work. People like this are quite toxic. The higher up you go the more likely there will be someone there trying to yank you off the ladder!

    By Andrea on Mar 9, 2009

  3. The word “over-acheiver” jumped out at me. If Jane feels somebody is outperforming her, yeah, Jane needs to glom onto Laura and learn some of the skills that help Laura achieve. If Jane can’t match Laura’s quantity of work, that sounds like a time-management issue not politics. I’ve known people who never seem to have time to get their work done, but they have all kinds of time to talk to people about non-work issue. Possibly Laura knows more about using office technology to automate tasks; I’ve done that too. If management listens to Laura more than Jane, well maybe Laura knows how to work with management, such as never taking an issue to management without having a proposal in hand for coping with the issue. That’s all skills, not politics.

    By jojo on Mar 16, 2009

  4. Ya you got to got rid of the laura, person as if not there will be problem later. she had obviously made deep progressions into the work place by being like by the masses and then she focus her killer senses on jane as her obstacle to be remove.

    I agree that laura is secretly making things difficult for jane, as jane might had in some way competed with laura either directly of indirectly to had cause laura to react by wanting to get rid of jane

    same for my company too, i got rid of him fast

    Tran EasyN

    By trann on May 7, 2009

  5. I have a similar colleague..sometimes it seems like she’s a super woman. Always getting into my projects and somehow settling herself in and gets managements to approve it….it’s sometimes very annoying and sometimes a relief. Only thing is, you don’t know whether this is a friend or a mercenary, my colleague often strikes me as a mercenary, she will sell you off to the highest stakes. They do make one very uncomfortable in the office and are loud mouths. If your personality is not loud mouthed….you get ignored in the crowd…falling shot of getting into a bitch spat…how else can we work this out?

    By Nduts on Jun 18, 2009

  6. We are a small office of 3. I have a “laura” employee. Unfortunately, she’s the over-achiever to my partner/husband.

    You can imagine the tension there. Eavesdropping on everyone’s conversations, snooping in computers and snide comments are a daily occurance when no one else is around. When I mention these behaviors to my partner/husband I am deemed as being petty and childish. I would like nothing more than to replace her, but is liked by the masses.
    What would you recommend for that?

    By Robin on Jul 27, 2009

  7. it appear to me lately and i found this article.
    I’m like jane position and my competitor is my own colleague.. i named her Laura.

    it seem i’m the girl on the at the first place. And then she came ruined everything as her external knowledge is better. She can talk music, gadjet, and she knows the best food in town. it seem everything is easy for her.

    I’m partnering with her but i cannot lie my self that i’m threated and envy to her additional skill. But i try to do my best.

    What should i do? quiting or carry on? I don’t want her to be promoted to be my manager.

    By Watie on Feb 11, 2010

  8. Wow – this totally describes our “Laura” as well. I would say she is far less tech savvy but tries to make up for it with lots of PR, working harder not smarter. Despite this, all of the above apply.

    I am a quieter person who admittedly tries to avoid confrontation, and while I have my own network of fans, I prefer to quietly let my commitment, ethic and work products speak for themselves. Yet this person has effectively tried to get the upper hand over our entire office unit–totally above her duty and assignment.

    So frustrating…but I will be leaving this position soon to go abroad so have been trying to just deal with it and not get too bent out of shape. Is this potentially harmful to my future career?

    By Jane Doe on Jul 1, 2010

  9. Fixing Laura is no big task…its very easy…There are many lauras in every office.
    Follow the few guidelines..
    1.No Matter what keep a smiling face
    2.Be Attentive to the project happenings
    3.Forget that there is some laura in office
    4.Be prepared to all answers
    5. Participate in every activity

    U will get noticed for ur efforts
    Laura will be sidelined in no time…
    First take no tensions about Laura or her achievements
    give a damn to her..

    Start your career as the way u wanted..she will follow u in no time

    By durga on Oct 12, 2010

  10. Hi,
    Im really worried that I have a `Laura`at my workplace as well, she was appointed to replace me while I went away on maternity leave, and from all I have heard from colleagues, and from talking to her during the various casual visits I made to the office, I feel like I have a tough challenge.

    Unfortunately, the office have decided to keep her even after I return to work (which is happening in a few weeks time). does anyone have any advice on how I can deal with the situation?

    I think the problem really is that I am everything- very sincere, very good with my deadlines, and good technical knowhow, but I can almost spend a full 8 hours in the office without speaking a single word to anyone. I am not so much of a communicator, while, I´ve noticed that she is very much so, and has managed to get into the good books of everyone with this skill.

    Any advice will be really appreciated.

    By A0798 on Oct 13, 2010

  11. Many people like Laura may actually doing this “over-achieving” things for something: their career.

    I think we need to see this in a broader view. Remember that life is not only in the office. There are a lot of ways to gain a new and positive view on ourself, do it after-office hours. Sound unprofessional? This is what marketing people do, they try to make people to like them. Do it a little at a time. Remember, in this competitive work situation, all work and no play make you a boring person.

    If Laura can gain her edge in the office, build your advantage the other way, outside the office. And you have to be sincere that you’re doing it not only for your career. You want to do this for your life, both in the office, and outside. In the long term, this will work better and make you happier.

    By Reza on Oct 13, 2010

  12. The kind of aggressive underhandedness and over acheving personality this blog is describing is very difficult to maintain for long periods of time in a group where the personalities remain constant (IE, employees are long term and don’t turn over at a high rate). Just like looking at fireworks is usualy wonderful for the first few minutes, halfway through you just want the finale to happen so you can go home and hopefully miss the traffic. Slow and steady always wins the race and inevitably these kinds of personalities will begin to see their affection in the workplace linger and subside as the more well rounded employees who understand they are here to make a paycheck and live their lives became irritated and tired of the constant grandstanding. When this happens many times these employees that have become accustomed to the highetened level of affection often become disallusioned and in many cases angry for whatever reason and will either blow up and become managements favorite new target or quit in some inflated sense of retribution that no one but the over achieving employee seems to care about and find a new role elsewhere. I would just maintain your ground and keep doing what you’re doing- ultimately its consistency that management looks for in terms of promotion (especially to management roles), not a shooting star that’s quick to burn out and leave you hanging months down the road. I say this from nearly 6 years of healthcare management experience so take it or leave it but most of your “bosses” are likely familiar with these kinds of people as well. Personally, I embelish them and let them go nuts on as many tasks as they can get done; I might even pat them on the head once in awhile for it as well, but at the end of the day I know they are usually just passing through on their way to somewhere else.

    By Daniel on Oct 15, 2010

  13. If she’s more competent than you, admit it.

    If not, undermine her. Be passive-aggressive, but never let your feelings show. Be nice and polite, but don’t forget what she’s doing to you.

    Office politics can be really nasty, and someone can make you a target while you’re busy just getting along with your co-workers and getting the job done. They are manipulators, and will not hesitate to blind-side you so they can get ahead.

    Take it from me, I was slandered by a co-worker out of nowhere. It was a set-up. Ask him a question as if you know nothing, then critique his response and include a character assassination while you’re at it and make sure to cc it to everyone else working on the project.

    Above all, keep you integrity and honesty, but not at the cost of your credibility.


    By vambo on Oct 23, 2010

  14. Waa Waa Waa, you seem to think this is unusual and personal. Grow a set of balls, stop being so whiney and wise up.

    Men have been dealing with this attitude for years, office politics is very much part of a working day, you can’t expect to reap the positives and bleat on about the negatives, equally you can’t resort to ‘she’s a bitch’ mentality, they’re the same as you, putting on a different face for work, more confident, more professional and cunning. You go home and throw your shoes off, and become the true you. Deal with it.

    By Bob Bobbyson on Nov 3, 2010

  15. Did it potentially ever occur to anyone that Laura is really just trying to do a good job and knows that Jane has some negative feelings towards her?

    Just because Laura knows how to navigate the corporate environment by making good working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues does not mean that she is attempting to marginalize Jane’s work.

    Honestly, as someone who is a high performer and networks naturally, I have worked with folks like Jane. The Janes are not not hard workers, but they may not tend to have the same results as I do. I find it interesting that Jane and her friend do not denigrate Laura’s work, but rather acknowledge that Laura is a very valued contributor to the organization. It is just potentially possible that Laura is a better employee than Jane– this does not mean that Jane sucks, but that Laura is just an even more outstanding performer. It sounds as if Jane has jealousy.

    As for Laura’s behavior towards Jane it does not seem like she is purposely trying to alienate Jane, but rather that she treats Jane professionally. At least I am speaking from my own experiences, if I can tell someone does not like me and if I can detect some “friendly” animosity, I am not going to treat them in the same manner as I would someone who values my work and input. I will treat that person professionally and call it a day. Obviously Jane is more worried about how she can maintain her old position or status in the organization and potentially has had the negative thoughts of how she can make Laura look bad (one would wonder if she would attempt to try and fabricate weaknesses of Laura’s) versus maybe looking at the things Laura is doing right and trying to model herself after them.

    Just because someone in the organization is “outstanding” does not mean that they are trying to crawl over the backs of others.

    By Another Laura on Nov 9, 2010

  16. In reading this article I was very relieved. I am a Jane in some ways and work with a Laura. I am in no way jealous of the Laura I am just not aggressive and like to work on teams instead of toot my own horn. I’m also good with politics but she keeps info from me, it never stops me from getting done what I need to get done but it’s annoying. Really she likes to appear like she has enough work to do but apparently she does not because shes always trying to steal or put her hand in my projects. Furthermore, we have the same boss but the boss is scared of her political connections and never deals with her appropriately. When the boss is not around she makes her look bad too. I am not a butt kisser me and the Laura were fine until I never began butt kissing after my first year. Shes all talk and I don’t need her to do my job. I think this made her upset. I don’t dislike her but I don’t trust her. Shes the type that will get all in your personal business and use it for a weakness.

    She has too much time on her hands. My tactic for dealing with her is smiling and keeping my personal business to myself. Diversifying my projects, and prayer.

    I’m really not the agressive type but she really annoys me so these things are hard to do when I get frustrated I can want to get sneaky back like go over her head for stuff make her look bad but I havn’t. This is job is a steping stone for me and my food money not my life it may be hers but not mine I will move on when I’m ready for my next step.

    By Jane 9 on Nov 16, 2010

  17. I too, feel I am another Laura. I work with a lady who is in the same department as me, is essentially lovely however has a not so subtle chip on her shoulder in general about the success of my ‘influencing skills’ over hers. My Jane has forgotten that business is about communication and creating rapport. I am too busy at work and have too much integrity to brown-nose my way into getting things done.

    I would love to advise my Jane to ‘play the game’ and look at work with fresh eyes, because she is talented and her skills are valuable. However, she is hostile towards me (perhaps out of jealousy?) and to quote ‘Another Laura’ above, ‘if I can detect some ?friendly? animosity, I am not going to treat them in the same manner as I would someone who values my work and input.’

    Perhaps the Jane in this story needs to look at the situation with a fresh perspective. It doesn’t sound to me like Laura wants to deliberately sideline Jane – doesn?t sound like she needs to. If Laura is as professional as I think she is (as I feel I am) she would most likely relish Jane’s new willingness to stand up and be counted.

    Finally, as an aside to anyone considering weakening someone else’s position through simple jealousy and laziness to adapt to a changing workplace – don’t. While your co-workers in the tearoom will sympathise with you, Management will discount your credibility and worse, you will end up feeling even more empty (yet consumed by work) than you did before.

    By Also Another Laura on Dec 14, 2010

  18. Poor Laura! She has got under the skin of a jealous Jane just by being brilliant. The jealous Janes of this world are responsible for a lot of talented workers losing their jobs. It is sad and it explains why mediocrit rules in a lot of companies. I hope Jane’s evil little games don’t work. The company would lose a valuable employee and Laura would have to start all over again in a new firm with a new Jane 🙁

    By Genie on Dec 30, 2010

  19. two books are great:

    “Girls Guide to being The Boss ”

    “The Corporate Dominitrix” (not sexual!)

    happy reading and BREATHE….

    By constance on Dec 31, 2010

  20. I have a lot to learn about this. I usually feel as if I am being abused by loudmouthed bullies.

    I’m going to need to educate myself so I can shovel back the responsibility these losers sluff off on others.

    By Non-Political on Jan 6, 2011

  21. What pettiness ladies? I feel bad for Laura. Heaven forbid a competent likable co-worker come into our office and be of help (sarcasm). If Jane feels Laura is not communicating with her adequately on the projects she Jane is responsible for than she Jane can tactfully explain to Laura the style that works best for her Jane. If Laura has been nothing but cordial and helpful she sounds like someone I would love to work with.

    By Seth on Jan 10, 2011

  22. To Vambo and Also Another Laura: your lack of sensitivity is disturbing. I see no evidence of Jane being jealous; it seems she really has been set up by an extremely aggressive and unscrupulous co-worker (Laura). Jane should document every hostile incident.

    By Marie on Jan 17, 2011

  23. As one who has been in the same position as Jane. I say run for the hills (another job), or move departments. Jane may also continue to ignore as she quickly gathers new skills to make herself more marketable; given the high unemployment. That is a no win situation; I lost my job of 10 years in 2008 because of a “Laura”. Trust me when I say, bosses like suck ups; which is how I’m characterizing Laura. Good luck.

    By ceecee mcdonald on Jan 27, 2011

  24. I can’t help but ask if Jane is jealous of Laura.
    Perhaps that’s what is causing the problem.

    Jane grew comfortable in her position, then someone better comes along and Jane feels threatened. You have to look at it from the eyes of the boss – who is more of an asset to the company? Laura….

    Buck up or buck out.

    By Lindsay on Feb 9, 2011

  25. I have to agree with Another Laura, Lindsay and Also Another Laura and others on this one. Most companies have the same culture – you can read about it in books created for women, since women have the most trouble getting ahead in business. Jane can’t cope with the culture, and even worse, can’t cope with a woman who can. “Hardball for Women” describes this beautifully. Jane needs to learn how to work within business culture, and could probably learn from Laura. Going and complaining to the boss is the _worst_ thing one could do here – it shows the boss you can’t play nice with others and maybe you can’t handle the responsibility of high-profile projects or team leadership.

    Finally, if Jane is seriously going to keep acting like a snake, why wouldn’t Laura treat her like one? I’ve worked with Janes, and its seriously bad for the department, and the business as a whole.

    By MelissaL on Jun 11, 2011

  26. I live my life with a desire to focus I on career; my life surrounds it, in and out of the workplace. Pass middle age, I still work on furthering my education…adding to the many degrees I already have. I am aggressive in hands-on type of work, but despise office politics, because I see this type of effort only self gaining, and can hurt a company in the long run (I believe in doing, not talking;) the problem is these type of people do not care bout the future of the company, only their resume. I started working at a company about ten years ago, and the person who initially trained me is what I like to say, does work quarter-ass, and drinks with one of the owners. He is treated like he s irreplaceable, even though he has cost the company tens of thousands of dollar; he is paid to learn (make costly mistakes, or as he calls it…to figure it out.) If I say something that prevents his costly mistake, of solve his problem he has been working on for a month…he gets credit for it; yet…when things go wrong, he blames me…not directly, but in a demeaning way. What irritates me, is if I do not say anything, and he does his quarter-ass work that he took months to do…he still gets a pat on the back, making him stand tall as if nobody can do what he is capable of, so it does not matter if I give input or do give input; if I was only given the opportunity to reach my potential, this company would see my efforts, instead of hidden under PR.

    By Snoglydox on Jun 26, 2011

  27. change jobs, Jane, and get tougher too.
    I’ve been in Jane’s place and a woman who was a new hire I friended before anyone else in the office. She just used me, stepped over me to get promoted, and then wrote me up over dumb stuff. I have run into backstabbing cows in so many offices where I’ve worked and had a backstabbing roommate at a school as well. It doesn’t pay to be really nice, trusting, or really helpful to anyone who isn’t the boss. Getting too comfortable is not a good idea either.

    By Gigli on Nov 22, 2011

  28. Gigli, I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m the Jane in my company and the Laura, i hired!!! our relationship was great at the beginning, but then it all changed when she decided to involve herself in the politics in the office. its really sad and disappointing as her position is needed in the company, but then again, anyone can do a monkey’s job….

    By In the Same Boat on Jan 6, 2012

  29. Laura seems to b a bitch but dear Jane, u also need to buck up.Since u r the target of Laura,who has lured her boss and is setting plots to pull u down,start looking for another job and leave ur present job as soon as u find a bettr one.These jealous Lauras are realy tactful in killing competition.Therefore,befor u r chukd out for no fault of yours,kindly excuse urself.Till that time,be cautious and do your work well so nobody gets a chance to find faults.best of luk.Iv been a Jane so mny times and hav suffrd a lot.Now,through this site,Im trying to learn tactics to build a safety net around me.

    By Manisha on Feb 27, 2012

  30. In regards to the opinions of those who suggest Jane run from the problem and get another job, it doesn’t seem like a prudent choice. Who is to say that the new job doesn’t have another Laura waiting around the corner?

    Sadly, there is a Laura in every job. Running away from Laura now just postpones the problem for later. Some people can avoid the Laura politics for years, but may end up becoming a curmudgeon who hides in the back corner of the office that no one wants to approach.

    Office politics is in every job. It’s what makes every job competitive, and learning how to survive it is something that can’t be taught, but learned by dealing with it.

    All in all, running away is not a prudent solution. It’s a solution none-the-less, but not a prudent one.

    By Jane on Mar 10, 2012

  31. I think Jane should just stay focused on what she really wants out of life.

    it is obvious that Laura is doing exactly that.

    Jane get a grip. stop griping over what you cannot control. Instead get a grip on what is within your own area of influence.

    I also tend to be a Jane at heart, but I have come to learn that I must work hard at what I want

    By charminine on Aug 10, 2012

  32. I am the current “Laura” in my office. I was hired to implement a specific process to improve our company performance, as well as perform a managerial role. Long story short, I spent 6 months observing current processes and then a solid month investigating the root causes of the company’s “issues”. The other managers were asked to do the same thing and bring their solutions to the table. They did not. One manager accepted the only process improvement plan and was positive (attitude wise) about piloting implementation. The other manager is being a total Jane and making office life miserable. Its not politics, because the organization has needs that a Laura addresses, or gets upper level approval on. Its not “brown nosing” to have support of the ONE idea brought to the table. That is called “meeting expectations”.
    My managerial team sat on thier rear ends for YEARS, never stepped up with solutions, whined about the “problems (which turned out to be symptoms) and now I am the “Laura” because it is our job as managers and leaders to… manage people and solve issues! The NERVE of me!!!
    I am not manipulative, vindictive, or even judgemental that they didnt do their JOBS for years on end, just confident that we can do more, do better, to make positive change. And for that I have a Jealous Jane making work an energy suck.
    Jane needs to put on her big girl panties, stop looking at Laura’s “over achieving”, “productive” ways as a threat, and start taking some notes!

    By Suck it up, Buttercup on Jul 30, 2015

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