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Questioning the boss’s hiring moves? That’s sure to backfire

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Q: “About a month ago, the owner of our company removed me from my position as division manager and brought in an outside hire. Although ‘Jeff’ is clearly unqualified for the job, I am now reporting to him.

“Jeff does not understand our business, but he tries to impress the owner by asking for unnecessary reports and copying him on every email. I am becoming increasingly angry, because I do not feel that Jeff should be my boss. How can I convince the owner that this guy is basically worthless?” Fed Up

A: Your anger may be leading you straight down the path to career suicide. By criticizing Jeff’s fitness for the job, you are automatically criticizing the owner’s decision-making ability. Having hired Jeff only a month ago, the owner is unlikely to view his choice as a mistake and may eventually conclude that you are the problem.

For now, your wisest strategy is to develop a positive relationship with Jeff, while looking for opportunities to demonstrate your own ability. In short, you need to make yourself look good instead of trying to make him look bad.

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