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An “all day strategy session”? But there’s snow out…

An “all day strategy session”? But there’s snow out…




Out-Of-Office Whack-a-Mole: Coming to an office near you this Christmas!
Earlier I recapped the top 5 year end annoyances in the office, and in there I had this email exchange, which several people asked that I post separately, since it stands on its own. I also added the flowchart above, and gave a name to it— Out-of-Office Whack-a-Mole. 

From: SusanTo: MeetingBoySubject: RE: RE: Approval due today— out of officeI will be out of office on vacation from December 19 until January 2nd. If you have an urgent matter, please contact Brad.—————————————From: MeetingBoyTo: SusanSubject: RE: Approval due todaySusan,We need an approval on the Q1 project. Can you review the attached and get us an answer? Brad was supposed to get us an answer today, but he appears to have left for vacation already.-MB—————————————-From: BradTo: MeetingBoySubject: RE: Approval due todayI will be out of office on vacation from December 23 until December 30. If you have an urgent matter, please contact Susan.—————————————From: MeetingBoyTo: SusanSubject: RE: Approval due todayBrad,Please find the materials for Q1 attached. Remember, we need these approved today in order to make the January 2 drop. Thanks.-MB

Out-Of-Office Whack-a-Mole: Coming to an office near you this Christmas!

Earlier I recapped the top 5 year end annoyances in the office, and in there I had this email exchange, which several people asked that I post separately, since it stands on its own. I also added the flowchart above, and gave a name to it— Out-of-Office Whack-a-Mole.

From: Susan
To: MeetingBoy
Subject: RE: RE: Approval due today— out of office

I will be out of office on vacation from December 19 until January 2nd. If you have an urgent matter, please contact Brad.

—————————————
From: MeetingBoy
To: Susan
Subject: RE: Approval due today

Susan,

We need an approval on the Q1 project. Can you review the attached and get us an answer? Brad was supposed to get us an answer today, but he appears to have left for vacation already.

-MB

—————————————-
From: Brad
To: MeetingBoy
Subject: RE: Approval due today

I will be out of office on vacation from December 23 until December 30. If you have an urgent matter, please contact Susan.

—————————————
From: MeetingBoy
To: Susan
Subject: RE: Approval due today

Brad,

Please find the materials for Q1 attached. Remember, we need these approved today in order to make the January 2 drop. Thanks.

-MB




Sent in by @hjwoolford:Really, Siri? #meetingoverload #prproblems #meetingmadness
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Bossnesia (n)

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Bossnesia is a condition whereby the boss can’t remember their own responsibility for a disaster, which often involved direct orders over the objections of subordinates to prevent said disaster.

Symptoms include frequent exclamations of “how come no one told me?” and “who’s responsible for this?”

Disease is often incurable, and doesn’t respond to treatments such as reviewing project plans, sign offs, and email chains where key decisions were made and agreed to.

Root cause is deafness to underlings. Even when the afflicted boss did hear an underling’s warning, it didn’t sink in because there’s no place in the boss’s brain to store information from nobodies.




Nothing beats getting a nasty email from someone and then it ends with their cheerful email signature:

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A comic I did with Spencer Mains for the 2010 Meeting Boy calendar featured in Readers Digest this month.




The boss reminds you that negative attitudes cannot be tolerated

The boss reminds you that negative attitudes cannot be tolerated




The boss never includes negative data. Here’s how he would recap the Super Bowl to the 49ers senior management.
This was expanded and included in a full rant about the Cult of Positive Thinking.

The boss never includes negative data. Here’s how he would recap the Super Bowl to the 49ers senior management.

This was expanded and included in a full rant about the Cult of Positive Thinking.




Poor old Overhead Projector waiting by the phone, but no one ever calls ever since PowerPoint came to town.

Poor old Overhead Projector waiting by the phone, but no one ever calls ever since PowerPoint came to town.




People with 60 icons on their desktop don’t get to lecture people on being organized.

People with 60 icons on their desktop don’t get to lecture people on being organized.