Tell Me What to Write or How to Write It, But NOT BOTH

Have you ever come across these people who tell you what to do and how to do it? I have one at work. Ugh it’s annoying.  She’s not a manager of mine.  She’s a peer with 3 months of seniority over me. 

Granted, she picked up the job much quicker than I did, she has a much better facility with it. Maybe because she’s 20 years younger than I am and has many more brain cells (she’s not a party-er.)

Anyway, she was giving me some help “Rex, just tell the client that they have to do x, y, z… just say ‘hey Bob, thank you for reaching out, I can help you with that, just do x, y and z.'”

In the words of Peter Griffin “that grinds my gears.” Why? Because she told me what to say AND how to say it. I’m not going to remember the details of the quoted things you say to tell me. Have faith in me that I can explain concepts in a professional manner in my own words. Otherwise, I’d need to write down the specific dialog and that makes me look and feel like an idiot, like I need to be spoon fed. 

Perhaps that’s how she sees me. Or perhaps her way. After 9 months of working with her, I do think it’s her way. Then again she has a history of telling my boss things about me that she really should just tell me. 

Ah, work. 

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