Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I've just been promoted to a job in a different division with a new manager and I'm finding her duplicitous conduct disconcerting. She badmouths her colleagues and boss, as well as clients, but is all smiles to their faces. This leaves me wondering what she says about me.

I find it unpleasant working with her, but because what she's doing is not strictly wrong it's difficult to make a complaint about it.

A: This unlovely behaviour is not uncommon. It's often a sign of low confidence; the perpetrators think that by publicly slagging off other people, often those in senior positions or clients, they're demonstrating their feistiness and independence of spirit - and as a result will earn the admiration of their juniors. In fact, of course, they come across as two-faced and unsure of themselves, and admiration is the last thing they attract.

I think you can safely stop fretting over what she might be saying about you. She likes to be seen bravely bad-mouthing her seniors and I doubt if she thinks you're important enough to qualify. …

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