Control Alt Delete

Today, my boss was posing questions about a project, checking if I had “thought about” some basic steps. “Did you?” “How about” “Why?”

The rub:  My boss is 15 years younger than me and I was his mentor years ago when he got into the industry.  I coached and guided him.

I guess I did a good job, because now I’m working for HIM.

So, he’s going on and on about the fact that a particular vendor cannot produce in the timeframe he wants. “We’ll pay more”.  I explain it’s not about money but about resources, labor policy and such.  Then came a waterfall of “Did Yous”.  And my nodding responses, until, finally I respond….

“Right now,” I say calmly. “You are talking to me like an I.T. person who asks ‘are you sure it’s plugged in’.” And I’ll just leave that right there.

I may not get that merit raise but damn if I don’t get a gold star for quieting the master.


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