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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I could really use some job vibes if you guys can spare them. As many of you know, I work as a writer for a Catholic newspaper. To make a long story short, the laziness and lack of professionlism of our managing editor is creating a lot of problems and I've pretty much been "appointed" by the rest of our staff to do something about it, which I'm glad to do. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to handle this yet. I just know that it needs to be done. This has been a long time in coming. I expect when all is said and done, I'll either
end up with more responsibility in my current position, or I'll be looking for a new job. Wish me luck! Thanks!
post #2 of 27
I am sure that you will handle the editor with finesse and diplomacy.
If that doesn't work there is always this technique to get her attention....

You can do it...
post #3 of 27
Tons of good vibes coming Eileen.........xoxox
post #4 of 27
, Eileen. I'm confident that you can handle it.
post #5 of 27
Lots of good vibes for you, Eileen. I'm hoping they will make you the managing editor!
post #6 of 27
Good luck Eileen!! You will do a fine job with the situation.
{{{{{Good Luck}}}}}
post #7 of 27
Good Luck Eileen!
post #8 of 27
Count with it my dear Eileen!
my prayers and good Wishes are on the way!!!!!!!!)))))))))))))))))((((((((((((((...
post #9 of 27
GOOD LUCK EILEEN!
You WILL make it!!
post #10 of 27
Good vibes coming for a difficult task ahead!
post #11 of 27
Do a great job and you could be the managing editor. How is it that incompentent people are in mgmt positions????
post #12 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by GailC
Do a great job and you could be the managing editor. How is it that incompentent people are in mgmt positions????
Because they're less threatening to the people above them.

Good luck Eileen. I hope you end up as the editor instead!
post #13 of 27


All the best, mate.
post #14 of 27
I hope it goes really well
post #15 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the vibes and support - along with your votes of confidence that I could be the managing editor.

Haven't had chance to talk to our editor/general manager yet. She's actually part of the problem because she puts up with the managing editor's laziness. She doesn't like conflict, so she won't challenge him on anything he does (or doesn't do). She also tends to get very defensive when criticized, so I have to be careful about keeping our meeting positive and productive.

Talked to one of my coworkers this morning and he said I'm in the same position he was a few months ago - need to make a decision about whether the perks of this job (and there are some) outweigh the frustrations (lots of those!)
post #16 of 27
From what you describe it might be a tough discussion. I took a course on a subject similar to this. And basically he recommended starting off the conversation with positive comments/feedback for whoever you're talking to...then (without saying the word BUT) mention some of the issues/challenges you are finding and suggest ways that "WE" (make the problem both yours and hers to deal with) can resolve this to make the work environment better. So basically make a postive sandwich out of the conversation: positive-negative-positive.

Good luck....i get butterflies just thinking about having chats like that...but it works! Practicing what you're going to say several times will help to.
post #17 of 27
Thread Starter 
I finally got around to having the much needed talk with our editor this morning, after yet another screw up by our managing editor yesterday. I basically told her that everyone in the office is frustrated because he's making it hard to do our jobs, always coming up with excuses and blaming his mistakes on someone else. She said she's talked to him about this and he got very defensive. She also said she knows that she needs to stop making excuses for him and avoiding confrontation. She promised to take some action and that things will improve. I'll believe it when it happens.

I also told her I'd thought about quitting, but that I'd rather stay and see things through. Then, I said I'd be willing to accept more responsibility if it helps. Actually, I'd really like the managing editor's job! So, we'll see what happens. Thanks so much for the vibes and support. I'll keep you posted!
post #18 of 27
Good luck honey! I hope it all works out for you!
post #19 of 27
Eileen....
What do you imagine is the worst that would happen to you if you had a talk with your editor and informed her that you would like to be considered for the managing editor position --- if it becomes available?

What would happen, if you explained clearly how, if you were given the opportunity to lead, what you would do to take the paper to the next level and in doing so, how you would enhance her reputation with those who matter to her?

I am not suggestion that you do this....
But, who knows....
I bet a man would do it.

Lots of determined, positive vibes coming your way.
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xocats
Eileen....
What do you imagine is the worst that would happen to you if you had a talk with your editor and informed her that you would like to be considered for the managing editor position --- if it becomes available?

What would happen, if you explained clearly how, if you were given the opportunity to lead, what you would do to take the paper to the next level and in doing so, how you would enhance her reputation with those who matter to her?

I am not suggestion that you do this....
But, who knows....
I bet a man would do it.

Lots of determined, positive vibes coming your way.
Uh oh, you got me with "I bet a man would do it." Now I have to say something. I can't imagine anything negative would happen if I mentioned that I was interested in the position. This could actually be the opportunity I've been waiting for. I'm going to do it!
post #21 of 27
Woohoo!! Good Luck Eileen
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
Well, I did it! I told the editor that I don't need an answer for now, just wanted her to know that if the managing editor position becomes available, I'm interested. She said, "I figured that," and that's where we left it.

I feel really good about this. I'd been dreading talking to her and now that I've said what needed to be said, it's a huge relief! The next step is up to her.

Thanks for the support everybody!
post #23 of 27
Way to go Eileen.
You walked through your fear.
That takes courage.

Today...you are a winner.
post #24 of 27
Way to go Eileen!! I hope you get it when it becomes available because its only a matter of time before it does!!
post #25 of 27
I am so late coming into this thread...

However.. Way to Go!! And good vibes for resolving the issue and I hope you get the editor's position.
post #26 of 27
Thread Starter 
I just have to thank you guys again for the support and encouraging me to speak up. For the first time in a long time, I've actually looked forward to coming into work. I don't know how much is actually going to change around here, but I feel good knowing that I at least did something and I couldn't have done it without you guys!

I think the managing editor knows his job's on the line because in the past couple of days, he's been around a lot more and is actually trying to be pleasant and communicate with people. This morning, he actually complimented me on a couple of stories I wrote for our next issue. That hasn't happened for a long time. Too little, too late, though, in my opinion.
post #27 of 27
You've got talent Elileen...
Let it shine.
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