Marie’s Answer: I don’t know who’s right or wrong here, but I do know who’s likely to win this argument. You are a brand new employee with no track record. Even if your manager is an idiot, at the moment he has more power than you.
The bottom line is that you simply don’t have much leverage yet. So instead of wasting energy arguing with your boss, concentrate on leverage-building activities, like making big sales and bagging new customers. Once you’ve demonstrated your value, you’ll be in a better position to offer opinions. Until then, however, you need to bite your tongue. Being viewed as a disrespectful know-it-all will not advance your career.
When you say you’re “OK with the job itself,” you’ve overlooked the fact that your manager is part of the job. Getting along with the boss is a basic requirement in any position, even if that boss is annoying. If you truly have stellar selling skills, there’s no need to tell your manager how good you are. Your results will soon send the message loud and clear.
If your boss seems unhappy with you, but you don’t know why, check out Six Signs that You May Be Hard to Manage.
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