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The partner I work for gives me conflicting instructions or forgets his instructions, and then blames me for his unhappiness about a course of conduct I’ve taken in fulfilling his instructions. Cont’d

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I would take careful notes and then send an email back confirming the instructions and the expectations per your notes. Further indicate this is how you to intend to proceed absent correction to the foregoing summary.

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If it’s material, and as a result of conflicting instructions, I gently remind him what he asked me to do. If it’s not material, I don’t say anything. Not sure if this is the right approach. I know I have to take whatever comes my way, since I’m the junior, but I’m concerned about this partner building a case to terminate my employment later, and wondering if I should be correcting him.

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Guilty of this. Sometimes I assign something while triaging work coming in. I know it needs attention and need someone else to start it and come back and when they do it takes me a little or long while to put my mind back into it. I do try to be courteous and acknowledge or admit to this custom I have. I’m counting on associate or partner or whoever is helping me and we should show our appreciation for it.

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