I was pulled into a meeting to essentially give my opinion on my supervisor’s performance. It sounds like they’re about to get fired. Do I give them a heads up? If it were me, I would want to know, but if it gets out I said something I don’t want it to burn any bridges with upper leadership...

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Don’t say a word. Act normal lol.

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Also... people are unpredictable and your manager could easily come to the conclusion that what YOU said led to their firing. Not worth the risk of that AND pissing off the higher-ups.

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Never ever say a negative thing about another employee to their boss unless it’s HR related. Praise in public, criticize in private. Protect your boss and they will be grateful and reward you. Even if they are fired, they will know that you are good to work with which will help for future networks.

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Do not lie, you can be circumspect, but if you mislead intentionally you look either immature or part of the problem.

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Don’t assume the meeting is about what you think it is about, could be a 360 review or something unrelated. If it is what you think it is, that is unfortunate but also likely not something you can influence.

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The people you spoke with didn't set that context? I would treat that conversation as confidential.

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Do not say a word or hint at anything. You are being treated like the adult you are and that sometimes requires keeping a confidence.

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Don't say anything; it's not worth you potentially getting into trouble with your team and HR.

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That’s a shitty and cowardly move from the people who put you into that position. Says a lot about the culture of your firm. If it had been me, I would have said that I don’t feel comfortable talking about my boss behind their back and asked if they mind if I share that with my boss. That may get you a bad rep with upper management but you will be able to look in the mirror each morning. I wouldn’t want to work for people like that. They will do it to you, too

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Be quiet. Keep your head down.

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I’m surprised that a lot of folks here are saying not to talk to your boss about it. It’s hard to say what’s right here without more context, but use your judgement. We’re all people, and if you think appropriate to tell your boss that the higher ups asked for some feedback, he or she has the right to know what feedback you’ve provided. Particularly if there’s a chance they can act on it to improve. If you were told to keep the discussion private, that’s another matter—although I might personally advocate for more transparency.

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Fair enough, MD1. I understand now where you’re coming from. I still think it’s unethical. If I have to balance my conscience against rules, then maybe there is something wrong with the rules. OP mentioned it was about performance, not policy violation or abuse. I’m in my fifties and lived the corporate life for 30 years, over 20 in consulting. I feel blessed that I have never been dragged into a conversation like that. I wouldn’t let anyone put fear of losing my job or similar into me. In the end, should OP’s boss lose his job, maybe that’s a blessing in disguise and it’s OP who needs our pity for compromising his sense of loyalty for the shiny career ladder. Though I’m sure he’ll do well - until one of his reports gets pulled into a meeting ;)

Honestly in this scenario the best thing you can do is just mind your business. You provided feedback as requested and there’s nothing more for you to do. You telling your supervisor your suspicions can easily backfire on you.

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Could have slipped them an anonymous note had it not been for WFH.

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Mind ya business lol

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Don’t play with legal/employment matters or You could get fired next.

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Don't say a thing! Just let it flow

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