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We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer

Terry 6 Silver badge

Re: Love a team player

Ah. Contradictory demands. My favourite type of (mis)management.

It always takes the form of "You must do x but you must not do any of the things that would make doing x possible". .My favourite of these is from a good few years back.

I was told that I had to contact all the senior staff in a bunch of council departments about something or other. But at the same time the top brass issued an edict that (we slightly junior) staff weren't allowed to contact senior staff in other departments directly.

I can't remember, but I think I got round it by drafting the message and getting my boss to email it to their boss.....

It took a few days for something that needed doing urgently - and not everyone actually got it at all. But I had the original email and an attached list of who it had to be sent to, so.......

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