Today I had a meeting that I *really* didn’t want to attend.
Long story short (ha!)… The other day we had an unfortunate cascade of fails that ended up with someone losing their life in a situation where they could have been saved. In the initial (knee jerk) investigation I, as the person in charge at the time, was found to be culpable. Well bollocks. B-(
As it was I was not, in any way, to blame and while the ‘charges’ against me were unreservedly dropped and the management apologised to me, I still had to attend a meeting this morning to deal with the aftermath and to put forward my side of the situation and sign an affidavit about it.
After I did that they all started talking about how they should deal with things ‘Moving forward’. Oh God… Yep, they started talking in management speak. To say the least, after working a 10 hour shift, I was a little miffed they spent 10 or so minutes talking in circles and with none of them coming up with anything remotely useful. So I gave up and used a trick my wonderful wife taught me while working at another job.
And so we get to the meaning of the title of this blog.
Don’t ask… Tell! I took charge for a moment and outlined a plan I had come up with. But I didn’t ASK if I could do it and then wait for permission. No, that would be the managerial way of doing it… Management will put forward ideas and then get someone else sign off and implement them so when it goes wrong THEY get the blame. No, I didn’t do that, I told them what I would be doing from here on in, what resources I would need and a list of the other people that would need to be brought into the loop.
Bugger me but they all went for it! O.o
The only problem, the one that may haunt me, is that this was my idea, my plan and my fault if it goes wrong. In a way I don’t mind. It’s a simple enough plan that, if everyone else does their job right, will work a charm. The only problem is that the original problem was caused because some people got lazy, some people got complacent and we got caught between them and unfortunately became the scapegoat. Thank God for vehicle trackers!
At least with this new plan in place it will be easy for me to overrule some people and keep control where we need it. The only other problem is that they may start to expect me to take charge on other things. Fuck that. Not in this shit-show. >.>
Hmm… And my wife things I can’t keep a story short… *rolls eyes* B-)