Dear Mark and Mike,
I have enjoyed your podcasts tremendously and turned several of my friends and family to Manager Tools as well. Thank you.
I've recently joined a startup company where a new manager came in and quickly risen a couple of ranks to VP. He consolidated and now manages my team. Throughout all of these changes, he continuously made decisions that affected me and my projects (such as assigning me to a whole new area of responsibility) without consulting me. Immediately after these occurrences I met with him to explain that I would like him to consult me regarding such decisions. His response was always a sincere apology and an excuse that things are changing very fast
Now the final blow has come. I was out one day and he had an unscheduled meeting with other team members. He followed up with an email to the team and me, "summarizing" the meeting. In his summary he mentioned that we are now restructured into 2 teams and combined areas of my responsibility into one of these teams.
I met with him the following day to clarify the meaning of this change. He insisted that the goal of the change was strictly to increase collaboration among team members. I was skeptical and, sure enough, it became clear within a couple of days that, in fact, the other person on my team assumed responsibility for my projects.
I confronted my boss again 2 days later after his announcement and at this point he confirmed that, yes, he wants to consolidate responsibility and reduce the number of people he manages directly and therefore he made the decision that I am to report to this other team member and that this person assumes final responsibility for what used to be my areas of responsibility. (To clarify, this person is seniour to me age-wise, but we were hired for the same positions and have the same title.)
So, this is clearly a demotion. Since this has happened, I have taken it into my hands to educate myself on office politics and I have made some great progress. Specifically, I am finding the book you recommended extremely helpful - "Winning 'Em Over" by Jay Conger.
This book made me understand that, given some time, I can build back up and improve my position. However, I am wondering if you could suggest some short term ways of remedying this specific last change. The change is very recent and I feel that I may still be able to take some action to reverse it's effects. For one, I have considered setting up a meeting with the founder of the company who my boss reports to directly.
I appreciate any feedback on this. Thank you in advance.