[b]Background:[/b] I started in my organization when I was 19 and (as people sometimes do when they're 19) I was very abrasive to my coworkers, thought I knew more than everybody, and went entirely against the grain of my office. Having acquired a little bit of humilty and a modicum of wisdom (all the hard way), I'm miraculously still employed here at age 25 and am now a team lead in my unit.
[b]Dilemma:[/b] I've figured out how to make my unit supervisor happy and he would like me to take his position when he retires next year. ( :D ) His supervisor, however, will take the lead on the hiring decision. ( :( ). This is bad for me because she:
a) still remembers the stupid things I did and routinely took the heat for them,
b) is concerned about appearances as my dad works in the same organization (but an entirely different chain of command),
c) doesn't really like my boss and would like to hire someone with her interests in mind.
So...how do I make my boss happy (what I've found is the key to being a great direct) [i]and[/i] make his boss happy without stabbing him in the back?