BLUF: I need ideas about how to fend off a bad review and/or rehabilitate my image... or, alternatively, encouragement to just get the heck out. My org was recently acquired by a bigger and better company, and I don't know if I'll last long enough to move into one of "their" departments.
For background, I've had 5 really solid years with this organization - promoted twice, now managing the largest team in support of the biggest IT project. My boss resigned in January, and the team that replaced him has now sidelined me without saying what I've done wrong. Reassigned key responsibilities to others, cut my year-end bonus, etc. I still don't understand it.
I thought that if I supported the transition and kept on delivering results, things would eventually smooth out... but no. My latest boss (third one since January) told me that the senior leadership team now wants a list of "everything I've touched" since mid-last year, to be included with my upcoming review. I did it, and told him that I would rather hear now about concerns with my performance - not blindsided with a not-successful rating when I haven't had any opportunity to address the concerns. Especially with the acquisition, I think a below-par review NOW would effectively erase my last 5 outstanding reviews, and prevent me from applying to transfer into a different department.
I've re-listened to "My Boss Finds Fault With Me" and "Getting A Bad Review" to figure out what to do - and partly to get myself used to the idea of being an underperformer (!!). I'm just kind of baffled and angry over the whole thing, and would love to hear how you guys would handle it, in my shoes.