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Discussion on: When was the last time you were happy?

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Kelly Stannard

This may not be what you are looking for, but I would recommend researching management even if you never want to become a manager. It will help give you insight into how to deal with managers while keeping your sanity.

Some things that I have picked up. Never give your manager a date for a project. If pressed, a 10/50/90 chart is enough. Communicate up front with any delays and difficulties so that they don't feel in the dark, but you should always leave at the same time.

If that isn't working, just remember that the gears of bureaucracy are implacable but usually move slowly for minor things like not fitting the culture. They are probably about as scared of firing you as you are of being fired. Use that time to find a place that is a better fit.

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Blue Swan Author

I'm not scared of being fired, just pissed of feeling the axe continuously swinging above my head regardless of the good feedback I keep receiving.

But you're right: if you study the basics of management you get better chances to see things the way they do and anticipate/better handle the situations that can (and will) come. I noticed this first hand when started reading about leadership.

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Kelly Stannard

Yeah, it sucks. I think we just need to remember that the axe isn't actually over our heads, but over the ropes that tie us to the metaphorical ship.