Don't know about you my dear reader, but I am not a fan. I am not a fan of this whole idea of bad-mouthing, blocking or otherwise preventing one another from progress. I just don't get it! The most amazing things I heard are down right insulting and others are just sad. Luckily, everyone is involved in this. From a paralegal to a partner. One cannot opt out. So what can be done? I cannot promise I have any substantial or comprehensive answer but there is a strategy that can be adopted.
But what if it is not enough because the person supposedly in charge of you is really insecure?
So what is the best thing to do? I say run away... That's what I did. I didn't like either of the above environments and I moved on to my next thing. There was no point for me to "confront" either of these former managers before leaving. What is there to say: "I want a life which you don't have because you decided to settle for a job 20 years ago and not progressed since..."? I could have had this conversation but I am rather sceptical as to what exactly this would achieve. Ultimately, this is my career, my time, I never really knew how to navigate this office BS and I strongly believe there are better things to come. Always!
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