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.