I had a massive panic attack last night (which is quickly becoming the custom on Sunday evenings as I contemplate another week of work in this job). I don't even know who I report into (my boss quit)

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You’re the captain now.
But I’ve been there. I’ve been in spots where I’ve panicked just thinking about having to go in. It’s not fun.
Maybe just proceed along how you feel is best, and in lieu of anyone to properly report into, keep a log of major milestones etc (not knowing what your position entails)

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I would say make sure your resume is up to date.

See if you can get on someone’s calendar who is in leadership from your dept and try to get some update on next steps etc. If that can’t happen I’d see if HR had any direction to offer.

Someone has to know something?
It’s not fair to have someone in limbo also your mental health is being taxed with all the anxiety of what if’s etc.

Hang on.
The ad world is a rollercoaster ride through a shit storm sometimes and you just have to figure out how best to navigate it for you without it becoming a mess.

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Start looking

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Started looking, that is

Grab the wheel and steer. Time to be a hero. Clear leadership in moments of ambiguity can make your career.

But also yeah get your resume ready.

You can do both!

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I'm doing my best to steer, but my predecessors sold in a bunch of work we don't have the expertise to execute, so I'm very limited in what I can do here. I'm not allowed to hire anyone to do it, so it's like watching a trainwreck in slow motion.

Take care of yourself— that’s number one, PERIOD. But if you don’t know who you report to— and I have been in this situation— it’s not pleasant. Prepare for all possibilitiesz

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I have to travel this week to client meetings where the client is (very justifiably) furious that the team (whom I don't manage) is fucking up left and right. I feel so trapped and alone and I'm drowning.

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(To add context, my boss quit but leadership hasn't explained what's happening with my job / where I report now, so I'm just kind of drifting along)

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Sunday scaries!

- purple boys

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