Things That Are Bothering You, Got You All Hibbeldy-Jibbeldy, or just downright pissed, RIGHT NOW! - Page 5490
I feel like this advice is usually followed by "anymore".
I can only imagine how frustrating that might be. One of my primary jobs is to be the person who definitively says "no, we can't do that" -- which is exactly why position reports directly to a board committee and is independent of any of the revenue-generating business units. Otherwise my job would be structurally crippled.
So if you'd like me to call your boss and tell him he's a dumb-ass, I'd be happy. I have professional expertise in that role.
It is immensely frustrating, and it keeps getting worse because he's getting to the point where he's been in his job long enough that he thinks he has the tools take make changes. The reality, however, is that he hasn't and doesn't. I have to correct my own boss multiple times a week.
It's also starting to become a problem for me because it's forcing me to make calls that are above my pay grade. I don't mind making these sorts of calls. In fact, I've been told I'm overqualified by people outside my department (my role changed a while back during a restructuring), so I'm at a point in my career where I belong in a role at that level. However, that's not what they're compensating me to do, and it's pretty unethical to expect me to accept the responsibilities and risks that should apply to a more senior position.
This is to say nothing of the fact that it's turning me into the guy who shoots everything down, which I'm sure is oh-so-endearing to my co-workers.
Truth be told, purely as a supervisor, my boss is actually fantastic, but he's out of his depth when it comes to the day-to-day functions of our group. I'm not sure why he was picked to lead us, but he lateraled from an area where he did have expertise. I'm betting he probably rocked it where he was before, but he's not qualified for what we do.
It's not quite that bad or funny.
but i like to think that i am different than him in that i seek out the people who know their shit, but also are willing to change and help me reach my goals - these guys are gold because they will stop me from fucking things up, but also know what i'm trying to accomplish and help me find a better way. i don't know if there are any parallels between this and your situation, but if there are - a little unsolicited advice: are you interested in being that guy? because if you figure out what he's trying to accomplish for your department and help him get there in a better way, then you're now the go-to guy instead of the one that always says no.
That struck me as off, so I did some quick Googling -- which indicated that Sidecar and Lyft did not yet exist in mid-2011 and that Uber did not "officially" begin operations in Los Angeles until 2012.
Hopefully this inaccuracy is just an aberration, but coming across such a glaring research/editing/fact-checking clunker on page 4 is kind of a buzzkill ...
generally kids grow out of stuff fairly quickly (except for legos of course). it should stop in 6 months or so when they discover the thrill of using the parking lot as a venue for freeze tag.
on a related note, where i live there's some dirtbag teen who leaves her skateboard in the middle of the staircase when it's dark out. gives me all kinds of hibbles and jibbles imagining somebody breaking their neck taking out the trash.