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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


One of the girls in my team (lets call her C) is our problem-solving-yes-i-can-fix-it coordinator. The girl is like a living dynamo. There isn't a supplier in town that she doesn't know. She speaks three languages and when shit hits the fan and everyone freaks out, she is the only one who is super calm.

Lately, C has been having a problem. You see, she works on regular basis with another team member (who we shall name E) and is a bit more senior than C.

Without getting into too much detail, in almost every project they E and C are in, C comes up with all the wild ideas, does all the dog work and solves all the problems and E claims all the credit and the glory with the big boss.

Further more, big boss is only a few months old and is still a bit dependant on the senior members of his team. In other words, he barely notices C and all the work she does in the background.

Any advice to C?


  • C should set E up to fail at something critical.

    If this is impossible, C should have it out with E and the dipshit boss, and look for another job. "A few months old" is a ludicrous excuse if a manager hasn't figured out where the talent is in a few days or weeks, he/she never will.

    I'd kick the fking bitch's head in myself, but that's just me. I can't stand people like E, I seriously believe they deserve to be dead.

    There's a thought - could C get one of those sorcerors in the wilds of Ras Al Khaimah to hex her?

    Or as team leader can't you slaughter E yourself?

    By Blogger secretdubai, at November 21, 2006 at 9:40 PM  

  • harsh sd, no wonder no one likes you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2006 at 10:04 PM  

  • Ahhh - sd shows her true colors....again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 21, 2006 at 11:07 PM  

  • work less, brag more, create problems that only she can solve, take the credit for solving them. See the thing is not who takes the credit, but who moves further in the company, and those who work more get less for it's not clever to kill yourself at work, also should she be very good at what you do why not keep you doing it, she needs to speak up, no mannager will come to her and give her a pat on the back with a promotion and a salary raise. some would do the pat on the back, but no one, absolutely no one would actually compensate unless she asks for it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2006 at 12:26 AM  

  • *also should she be very good at what SHE DOES why not keep HER doing it

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 22, 2006 at 12:28 AM  

  • There's no need to be cruel to E as he/she is just trying to get paid themself.

    C should just get into the boss's face a bit more. Go around E, be more direct, cut out the 'middle man' and let the boss see who is really doing the work...

    Consequently whenever the CEO or whoever is in charge needs something urgently done he'll go direct to her and not to E.

    Thats what I done.I have been working with my firm just over 10 months now and just got my second promotion last week :-)

    By Blogger A Yahya, at November 22, 2006 at 10:07 AM  

  • Have C send me her CV at we have an opening for someone like this

    By Blogger Haroun El Poussah, at November 22, 2006 at 10:36 AM  

  • Is C willing to move to Kuwait? Send her my way!!!

    Otherwise, rat poison in E's coffee could work


    By Blogger Zaydoun, at November 22, 2006 at 10:43 AM  

  • Moryarti san,

    I hope you're not E


    jokes aside.. I've personally had a similar experience. Many moons ago, i worked under a complete duffer of a Manager. I would do everything, the sales, achieve set targets, finalise the reports and engage in 'firefighting' when required and Duffer Mgr would take the neat reports go to the GM and receive all the kudos and platitudes. I realised it almost immediately, but because whilst doing all the work, i was learning a lot too , so I thought hey why not...!

    Things came to a head when one day at around 6 pm just as we were about to wind up for the day, Duffer Manager said that I had to stay back for a few hours as the GM wanted some urgent reports by am the next day. I lost it !

    I stood up and with the entire office still there, said, 'WHAT , YOU WANT ME TO STAY BACK.. WHY?'

    DM quietly : 'we need to finish off these reports'

    ME : 'WE'?????
    WHERE'S THE WE in anything we do?

    DM getting redder now : " why are you shouting?" you know what I mean, i can't finish these reports myself

    ME : shouting now and not caring an iota : READ MY LIPS, i'm leaving. you can finish them yourself or not, I've had it with you and your incompetence.

    and picking up my bag, i went merrily on my way..

    Two months later DM left the company whilst I worked there for a further 2 years...

    By Blogger hannibal, at November 22, 2006 at 12:05 PM  

  • Ask C how fast she wants results?

    If tomorrow:

    spike a cup of tea with a major laxative and have E out of the office for a couple days and use that time to show boss what really goes on

    or if shes willing to put in time:

    don't copy E on anything, work without E on everything, take iniative on her own as im sure she does and keep plugging herself at every oppurtunity.

    or next time shit hits the fan .. stay back dont move a finger and wait till everyone starts asking her to do something about it .. if E asks her personaly to move her finger and intervene .. tell c to say yes and then quietly go figure out how she can solve the problem and do it while the manager is watching .. and then make a big deal out of all that she did.

    By Blogger inmotion, at November 22, 2006 at 12:57 PM  

  • Well, I was once in such situation, I could not figure out what to do till:

    One day, we had an assignment, a normal one, not that big, something we usually handle. I faked sick, let her (My partner) do all the work, she screwed, boss found out that I was sick, he did some math, I was promoted, she is still Junior.

    Moral of the story: Fake sick, let screw up, your boss will find out who deserves the cake.

    By Blogger Restless in Dubai, at November 22, 2006 at 1:21 PM  

  • Tell C it's time to sharpen those elbows...

    By Blogger Shaykhspeara Sha'ira, at November 22, 2006 at 5:07 PM  

  • All the replies here are just plain evil and I am soo glad I dont have to work with any of you...

    ...but then again, maybe I do :-/

    By Blogger A Yahya, at November 23, 2006 at 11:06 AM  

  • All C needs to do is to stand up for what she does, and confront E about this whole parasitic approach of his. Also, if the few-months-older boss is so blind that he can't see where the work is coming from, his buttocks needs to be kicked. C needs to confront him too, go "What the shit man? All the devotion, no appreciation! Well, then kiss my shiny ass."

    If no one still gets it, C should quit, and make herself useful where everyone will respect and acknowledge her work.

    Appreciation is sustenance - and taking that away is almost a crime!

    By Blogger anish, at November 23, 2006 at 10:04 PM  

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