I’ve written a lot about bad bosses and what you should do if you work for one – but sometimes it’s the other way around.
I recently got this email from a reader:
I hope you don’t mind me off-loading on you, but I could really do with your advice.
I have just started a new job as the Director of a department that has undergone significant restructuring. I do not have a predecessor as my role is brand new. However, I have inherited a team of 4, all older than me, with clear loyalties to the person who did a similar role before and left in very unpleasant circumstances.
She had about 50% of my role, but only managed 2 of them. I am now responsible for the over-seeing of all 4 posts. The office that previously was independent is my biggest challenge. I am being given the complete cold shoulder. They don’t speak to me, make conversation, keep me informed and trying to get information from them is like trying to get blood from a stone.
There are 3 women and 1 man. I am a woman, and my problems are with the women!
What can I do? I feel miserable and scared I won’t be able to perform. I have the feeling I’m being set up for failure…
I would really appreciate your advice.
Interesting question and something I’m sure a lot of new managers face. What would you do?