How do I create distance between my boss (VP level) and me? OR should I even do so?

My immediate supervisor (VP Level) announced her resignation last week. This week in meetings she has been speaking quite poorly of the sr executive team, the founder, the CEO etc on a personal and professional level to our team in a team setting and even in one on ones. My concerns are the undermining of team moral, respect for the org and leadership and being associated with an individual who is behaving in this manner.

Thanks in advance for any and all guidance!

wroschek's picture
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 I was in a similar situation about 2 years ago. It was very difficult from a morale perspective and many members of the my previous group wound up leaving because of this supervisor and his comments. Those of us that remained were able to make it through by focusing on our projects and delivering the best results we could; with and/or in spite of our supervisor. It wasn't always easy. There were many beers and tears (not necessarily in that order). What I found was that the greatest distance I could put between my supervisor was to show the organization that the they did not need to rely on this person to get quality work done. There is light at the end of the tunnel. 


Mark's picture
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it's really not that hard.

"Can I ask you a small favor?  Would you please not share the negative comments about the leadership team with me?  It puts me in an awkward situation.  I think some folks have noticed, and they may wonder about my loyalties.  And if you can't do that, at least would you hold off with my team?  They respect you, and they don't know what to say.  It's awkward for them, too.  Thanks so much."

That's how. 

I've done it, and it works just fine.


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Guys, thanks for the advice.

Bill, I've been very much focused on providing the best results I can so as to build a bit of a buffer during this awkward time within the department.

Mark, thanks for the actionable info. I will employ at my next juncture with her.

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Was your boss receptive to this simple request?