More than a year ago, I posted about problems with a supervisor. Clearly others thought so, cause when our company got bought, when they made the upper level changes, my non-upper level boss was moved to a different department. So I was boss-less for 5 months.
I got a new boss whom at first I was concerned about because of overaggressiveness. I since learned that's how she treats outsiders, but she's very good to her own. Unlike my previous boss, she has a lot of confidence in me. And while her other two directs says she always wants details, with me, she tells me to deal with them because I think she's confident in me. She's also good about giving credit to people, and letting people present their own work.
I've been on the same project for 4 years, with now three different bosses. So I'm the expert. Finally we might get to take it up to get approved for the next level. I'm very good at presentations (Toastmasters, public speaking for years, etc), have presented at internal symposiums about this project, and prepared all the slides with er buy-in to go take our project to the next level. I would presumably give the presentation.
We've been having all these conference calls to prepare recently and there's one big problem - my boss cuts me off, cuts others off too, and doesn't present the project very well, especially because she's only been on it for 6 months. She's even told me she has to go around in circles with ideas, and does this in church every Sunday. The problem is we come out of two hour meetings with others, and the going around in circles has everyone but me confused. Before the holidays we had an important conf call, me, my female boss, and two other ladies. They were going at each other, I couldn't get a word in, so I just muted my phone and listened.. Yesterday we had another conf call with sales and marketing, most of whom had not even looked at my slides, and they had a ton of questions. In my opinion, she did not present the ideas in a convincing way, sales and marketing were real negative, and again folks were going at each other. I did not even try to get a word in, but just listened in horror. Afterward she came in my office frustrated that the people we prepped with on that two hour meeting still don't understand - no surprise to me.
I spoke to a former boss, who is now retired. My current boss worked for him for 18 years and he said he's known she's not the best communicator, and everyone knows this is my skill. So how do I ask my boss if she can let me talk about this stuff at these conf calls, instead of her. Otherwise, this project is going to be dead.