Bottom line up front ---
Open derision of upper management is accepted in my department.
It's difficult _not_ to participate (because, sometimes I agree).
It is even more difficult to rein in and discourage it from my Directs and Peers since my Exec. Director participates.
Environment -- Non-Profit University ---
I've been slowly changing my behavior since I've been listening to MT for the past year.
"Carrying the Water" does not seem to be a company policy here.
Never has... been here for 19 years.
Rolling your eyes and complaining about the VPs and the President being uninformed, greedy, and uncaring is par for the course.
Most of the staff respect our Dept. Exec Director, and even she does it, Often.
I like her, too - Best Boss I've ever had - and I usually agree with her conclusions - I just think the way that she talks about it is unprofessional.
Yes - in the halls, the lunch room, Exec Director's office, during staff meeting, etc..
Does anyone have any Ideas about how I can address this, without :
Putting my foot in my mouth ?
Looking as those I am in opposition to my Exec Director ?
Being dismissed as drinking the Organization's Kool-Aid ?
Being cast as a ladder climbing butt kisser ?
Should I just do what I'm doing ?
Find something positive I can say about the V.P.s
Lead by example.
I am not allowed to do MT O3's or Feedback.
And even if I was - how could I tell my Directs not to do something that the Boss in the next office does all the time ?
Uncle Auberon (MT forum regular - under a Faux Account )