Hi all - this is my first post - I really appreciate the podcast and forums. Sorry if it's long, but I need to give a little background. help!
I've been at my company for about a year now and have a politically sticky situation. I'm a director, and speak to my immediate boss maybe once every couple of weeks. It's always been this way. My boss (we'll call him Joe), has 8 other direct reports, most with totally different job roles. His boss (Cathy) is the global VP reporting to the CEO.
The good news: Cathy calls me or is in my office a few times a week. We brainstorm, strategize and plan high-level policy for the team and company. I know that this level of attention is not being paid to my peers. I also know that I'm very lucky to be mentored by someone with her brains, expertise and experience. She is absolutely trustworthy, but ultimately not someone I feel I can (or should) confide in.
The bad news: My boss is not in the loop on a lot of these things. I've tried to include him, but he is not responsive to email, and doesn't always call me back. When he does, he has only a couple of minutes, and we're inturrupted by his cell phone which he refuses to turn off or put on vibrate. Cathy has asked me to include Joe on projects and to elicit his feedback. I do my best to cover for him. The fact is, he is not giving me the support or even presence that I need. Cathy asked me last week if that was the case. I hesitated and told her that I don't feel very comfortable discussing Joe, and that I need to work harder to communicate with him.
I recently found out from one of my peers that Joe had applied for Cathy's job before she was brought on board. I guess he used to be much more engaged.
So what should I do? This is causing resentment from my peers ("Cathy's pet"), and I'm receiving zero feedback from Joe. Cathy's very happy with my team's performance and plans. We're excelling, but I feel very vulnerable career-wise, and can't continue to cover for Joe for much longer. It's exhausting.
Thanks in advance,