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Advice for dealing with a subpar manager? I’ve been staffed on a project with a recent-hire manager known to not be great - as far as I know he’s not very on top of things & doesn’t give much guidance (something I need as I’ve recently joined). Does anyone have any advice?

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This sounds exactly like me.

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Send him this

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Be overly proactive (like, way more than you think). Send reminders, schedule time to run through questions and project/work stream updates, etc. While this is a tough situation, it’s an opportunity to learn to manage up.

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Thank you, this is useful & will try this approach! It’s my second project and I don’t really know what I’m doing either but hopefully we’ll get somewhere

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Help him with onboarding - it’ll go a long way and possibly build a positive relationship in the future. For now though, it’ll suck for you. You could use this is an app for doing things your way

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Unfortunately it’s only my second project so I have no idea what I’m doing either 😭

Can relate. If project do not go well you might be blamed. Being overly proactive might indeed help.

Definitely going to try this!

It’s a great opportunity to step up but you’re unlikely to shoulder the blame if things go wrong, assuming the manager is still trying to fulfill the role as manager. I had this happen and got to step-in more on calls without the downside since I was more so rescuing the senior manager in some ways.

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