I.I. - Indecisive Idiot
First of all, this would be my third time to post about stuff I am hating or depressing on...and thank you, dear reader, for taking the time to "listen" to my stories. This time, I am going to vent about I.I....not that I care about her. In fact, I find myself rather apathetic towards her right now. There was a time when I truly hated her. Now, I don't give a damn anymore...or maybe I still do but in a resentful kind of way. It's just that in one way or another, writing about stuff has had a therapeutic effect on me. And so my story (venting) goes:
I.I. became our boss almost 4 years ago. During that time, she understandably did not have knowledge on how things worked in our department and in our business segments' operations so she was very inquisitive. At first, I admired her because she was not afraid to ask questions for, IMHO, others in the same position as hers would not ask too many questions from their subordinate[U]S[U] out of pride. Also, since she became the dept head (Jr. Executive), naturally, some documents would need her signature for approval. These docs she also took the time to review before sending them out.
Time passed, she was still very inquisitive. But she asked the same questions over and over again. It was like she would just make a mental note of whatever and MEMORIZE it for the time being then later on forget about that thing (if nobody asked her) because she never truly understood it. She also did not make the effort to immerse herself in the operational side of our segments to truly understand how the business works (and also to develop a working relationship with our Group's GM). To put it in another way, she did not go out of her way to hear about the business from the horse's mouth. She just hung out in our office doing who knows what day in and day out. As for the documents that needed her approval, well, let's just say a simple memo for something already incurred and done spent around 2 weeks with her - she would put off the approval until the deadline was near (meaning one day before deadline). There was even a time when we were almost not able to pay our monthly fees to a regulatory agency due to her delay (despite our follow through or despite her knowledge of that fact). I don't know, maybe she wanted to review if the font type used on the document was Times New Roman? If the font size was 12? Or if there were two spaces after every period in a sentence?
To make things interesting, she became pregnant within the first year. Although she had an unfortunate miscarriage, eventually, she took her leave (because it was still considered as if she gave birth). And along with her leave, her learning took a leave as well. When she came back though, her learning was still on leave.
During her leave, she missed some recurring and crucial business activities. Yet she did not take the initiative to know about them when she came back. For example, when we were in a meeting once and touched a business issue that was finalized while she was on her leave (discussed though before she went on leave), she reasoned to the Group GM that she did not know or had no idea about how the issue turned out because she was pregnant (or was on leave) during the time that the issue was finalized. Lucky for her the GM was kind [that day] and let her off the hook. In my mind, if it was me, I would have answered "So f*cking what?Just because you got pregnant you did not follow through on the issue when you came back? Is that a valid reason for not knowing something?"
To make things even more interesting, she got pregnant again, successfully this time. And maybe you know by now what that means.
Aside from the stuff above, I also experienced a time when I asked her something regarding a business issue. Although I did not directly ask her for advice, I placed the question as if I am seeking for her professional opinion. And the answer I got was in the form of a question too. In other words, she returned the question to me without offering any resolution or decision of some sort. Then I thought "Wow. If I knew in the first place how to resolve this issue, I would not have asked you. But here you are, returning the question to me." I did not waste time though. When I knew she was a dead end, I looked for other ways to resolve the issue myself.
She is also a "YES SIR/MA'AM" kind of leader (leader? Or bitch). But I am not surprised. Obviously she does not know much (despite having held that position for a long time) and so the only thing she can do is to agree with anything the big bosses want. I mean, how can she even have the balls to disagree with something (or maybe reason or argue...or to at least defend her team) given that she does not know anything? I believe she just wants to show that she is supportive to the big bosses so that she appears good. Unfortunately, it is usually at our expense. Even if we get killed doing our job, I don't think she cares. Hell, she even pushed for a solution to a VERY MAJOR problem that is not optimal at all and highly temporary. Despite that, the impact in our dept will surely last decades...or sooner if it is found out. And I swear, I will never be there with her when it does explode.
Then she likes to talk. She could go on and on for hours on a business issue and in the end not resolve anything. She has all these theories but it's just that, theories. And if you listened to her, she would have around 4 to 5 different theories going on for just a single business issue. Me I don't listen anymore. It's tiring, it's annoying...it's ineffective and unproductive. I'm confused why she does not realize that till now. She is in the position...she should be in the position, rather...to be professionally mature at this point.
Oh, and did I mention that she would also save her ass and leave you hanging/floating in the air when it comes right down to it? It really insults me so much because she said she is very diplomatic and understanding when in fact she's a moron who is weak and scared. By the way, she is also granted the use of a Company car for official business trips but uses it instead for personal business. What a blowout...already an imbecile, add to that corrupt.
By now perhaps you wondered, why did she get the Jr. Executive position in the first place if she was that incompetent? Maybe WhoIsMe is judgmental? Maybe WhoIsMe is unreasonable? To that I'd say I don't know about you...but I am not trying to convince anyone. Again, I am just here to vent and share my exciting story. But I'll answer your query, she got the position because she is friends with a big boss, someone who is influential.
And so my story (venting) for I.I. ends (for now?)... Maybe I'll write about S.H. next time.. The other "big" boss who is a Selfish Hypocrite.