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Da boss, kinda

You know those times when the mgr leaves the room and the team quickly gets talking about non-work stuff and yaks and yaks until the mgr gets back. Being on the other side of the coin is a weird feeling. When you walk out, the room is dead quiet. As you're walking into the room, you'll interrupt a chatterfest that suddenly dies,with people staring at their screens again. So you think - a) Did i give them enough review notes that they now use me to gang up and bond and chat about - b) Do they feel much more relaxed now that I'm not in the room so they can use this opportunity to chat it up?

I'm hoping it's B, but oh well, might just give them additional review notes instead of doing it myself. As long as they're doing work, I don't care if they're using an image of me as a dartboard. Heck, teams need something to bond over, and it's always that one mgr/snr mgr/partner we use to yak about. Use me, as long as i see your signoff on a decent workpaper, I'm all for it.

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Anonymous said…
depends on what type of person/mgr/leader etc. u want to be: 1) someone that brightens up a room when you walk into it? or 2) when you walk OUT of it. find the balance.
Anonymous said…
I think i might hate you, I hope you don't work at my firm
notfordisplay said…
And I wouldn't want you on my team either. Settled. This is where reviews come in to help us out.
Anonymous said…
If it makes you feel weird maybe it is because you are not management material. Back to the box factory for you with you Uncles.

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