Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I work for a business whose new client is headed by my husband's ex-wife. We've yet to have our first meeting and I don't think my colleagues know that we have a connection. She has a frosty relationship with my husband but I don't see why that should interfere with my professionalism. But part of me thinks I should tell my boss so that he can decide what to do - although I'd find that patronising. What do you recommend?

A: There's every chance that your husband's ex-wife, however frosty her relationship with him, will feel much the same as you do. You should certainly start with this assumption; you'll probably both go to extravagant lengths to make sure that the personal doesn't in any way intrude on the professional.

Nonetheless, I think you should tell your boss - but simply out of courtesy, not because you're looking to him for any kind of decision There is always a possibility that her manner towards you might be odd in some way: not necessarily hostile, just a little strained, maybe. …

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