Trouble in paradise

Management question for all of you.  Situation has happened to a friend.  What would you do inhis shoes?

The situation:

Trouble is brewing @ the office between all the managers and the Vice President.  A simple task which should have taken a few hours to complete is taking days and in order to reduce the processing time, several meetings were required.  

The newest manager, there almost a year, took control of the meeting, asked a lot of questions, and formulated several basic, yet effective solutions.  This didn’t sit well with the managers who were responsible for the area in question. 

The problem is not about the suggested solutions, but rather that the new manager was in agreement with the VP – helping the VP point out the other managers and lack of their actions.  While agreeing with the VP, my friend was trying to show alliance with the other managers. 

Now the rift lies between the managers and the VP’s.

Not sure where it’s going to end, or how.

My question I pose to you, my bright, well-travelled readers is this;

If you were in his shoes, would you align with the VP, potentially alienate yourself from your peers and hope to catch on to the process well enough to climb the corporate ladder;


Wold you help mend the gap between the other managers and the VP, show that you can all work together as a group, and then continue to work hard, prove you are a team player worthy of a more senior position.


UrbanMummy thinks option 1. 

What do you think?


2 thoughts on “Trouble in paradise

  1. lauraldawn May 25, 2009 / 8:15 am

    In our office teamwork is HUGE so I’d align myself with the other managers and then present to the VP.
    So, I’m going with option 2 because you don’t want to alienate all of your colleagues, and if you do get a promotion you want all the “little people” to be on your side
    (I say this as one of the little people!)


  2. SciFi Dad May 24, 2009 / 7:30 pm

    Option 3:

    Aid the VP by advising him discretely. Bash the VP when with the managers. Remain silent in the meetings and only offer vague responses when asked for opinions.


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